Unaffordable. Unworkable. We need to find a solution now
Payment floors and ceilings are all well and good for the concerned voter, but that still doesn’t tackle the real issues around care for the elderly, argues Heather Jameson.
The manifestos airbrushed out austerity but it hasn’t gone away
While all three main parties emphasise how much they intend to give to the NHS, and to a lesser extent, care, they are much more circumspect about local government funding, writes Michael Burton.
Parties promise less austerity but little more on devolution
Local government received a passing mention in last week’s party manifestos but their main focus was on tax and spend and controversial plans for health and care. Michael Burton reports.
Rebooting the devolution agenda
Sean Nolan looks at the results of the English mayoral elections and assesses what is next on the agenda.
The keys to prosperity
Key Cities leaders gathered at a round table event, organised in partnership with The MJ, to discuss their pivotal role in propping up the UK economy and creating vibrant communities after Brexit. Sam Clayden reports.
Future social care workforce 'at risk'
One in four social care staff are leaving the profession every year, a health charity has found.
Brexit advisers in devolution call
Powers that are repatriated to the UK after Brexit should be handed out to devolved regions to boost local economies, finance experts have said.
Respecting the will of the people
Misreading the newly-invigorated electorate has become far too common. The political debate has been reframed through the Brexit prism and the wishes of the people need to be respected, writes Claire Fox.
Key questions for the next Government
Elections are a time of change and local government will need to address their impact, says Pete Moore.
Brexit negotiations should not distract from public reform
With the General Elections set to be dominated by Brexit, Judith Blake calls for a focus on the bread and butter of politics.
Flying into Brexit times
Brexit is one of the key issues of our time and ought to be among the top issues for people on which to decide their vote, writes Dan Corry.
Ex-Oldham leader urges ‘constitutional protection’ for local government
The public will feel ‘stitched up’ if central government doesn’t deliver jobs, housing and prospects in the aftermath of Brexit, according to Labour local government spokesman Jim McMahon.
Metro mayors must hit the ground running
There is a real danger that the disengagement felt by the electorate who voted to leave the EU will be equally alienated by the post-Brexit world unless they see and feel the benefits, writes Heather Jameson.
Councillors aim for Westminster
Several well-known councillors have begun campaigns to move into Westminster.
MP predicts reorganisation revamp
A backbench Tory MP who is leading the campaign against local government reorganisation in Dorset believes the Government’s approach will change after the General Election.
DCLG’s Royal appointment
The country is currently in the chaotic grip of General Election and Brexit fever. But there is one event that would surely blow these out of the water - the death of the Queen.
4 Wheel Drive Woman on Eric Pickles
Gosh, Tarquin, this talk of a General Election is absolutely exhausting.
Growing our own talent
Local government is in a period of unprecedented change. New PPMA president Caroline Nugent outlines her priorities for the rocky year ahead to Sam Clayden.
Doomed to success?
The snap election has shunted full business rates retention into the sidings. But does the sector now face delay or abandonment of what had been slated as the biggest revolution in local government finance for generations? Jonathan Werran reports.
The sector must be heard
Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.