• 4 wheel drive woman

    20 February 2018

    Tarquin, stop swinging your schoolbag round in the car, darling, you could take mummy’s eye out with that toggle.

  • Honesty is still the best policy

    20 February 2018

    Heather Jameson says those involved in the provisional local government finance settlement cover-up seemed to be more interested in remaining ‘blame free’ than resolving the matter.

  • Core Cities bypass ministers to meet Brexit negotiator Barnier

    20 February 2018

    Leaders of the UK’s cities met with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier yesterday in a crucial bid to have their voices heard on Brexit.

  • What next for procurement under Brexit?

    14 February 2018

    Is now the time to set out some markers for how a future procurement regime might look post-Brexit? This was the subject debated by council chief executives and directors at a recent round table event hosted by The MJ in partnership with Marston Holdings. Sam Clayden reports.

  • Not in it together

    12 February 2018

    As the now reclusive Old Etonian ex-prime minister and inadvertent Brexit trigger, David Cameron, once said ‘we’re all in it together’.

  • Devolution framework 'almost done'

    09 February 2018

    The Government's new devolution framework is 'almost done,' communities secretary Sajid Javid has insisted.

  • Expert in warning over funding review complexities

    07 February 2018

    The complexity of the local government fair funding review could make it difficult to develop a ‘fair and workable system’ in time for April 2020, a sector expert has warned.

  • Lord Porter gives the gift of time

    05 February 2018

    Too often we lament our hectic lives – usually while simultaneously getting the kids ready for school, washing up, putting the bins out, filing our tax return, eating breakfast with one hand and de-icing the windscreen with the other.

  • Chief in Brexit casualty warning

    02 February 2018

    The Government wants to ‘water down’ current arrangements for consulting councils after Brexit, a chief executive has claimed.

  • We must not be passive spectators of Brexit negotiations

    31 January 2018

    The 'B' word will never be far from our lips in 2018. John O'Brien calls on the sector to take these opportunities to shape and influence the future.

  • Place-based policymaking post-Brexit

    24 January 2018

    Professor Gerry Stoker argues that Britain’s challenge post-Brexit requires a new style of national policymaking that breaks with the traditional one-size-fits-all mindset.

  • Storm clouds gather over the sector

    16 January 2018

    A wave of reports last month on the impact of Brexit on local government signals its rise on the priority list for the sector this year. Michael Burton reports.

  • Committee demands Brexit clarity for local government

    19 December 2017

    The chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has demanded clarity from the Government on a raft of issues relating to Brexit.

  • GMPF ‘confident of major investments’

    14 December 2017

    The £45bn Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) remains confident that local authority pension funds will make further big investments in infrastructure projects in the UK despite professional advisers’ warnings to councils about the uncertainties of Brexit and the possibility of a Corbyn-led government.

  • Council leaders call for ‘urgent clarity’ over EU funding

    07 December 2017

    Council chiefs yesterday called on the Government to provide ‘urgent clarity’ over how it will replace current European Union structural funds post-Brexit.

  • Include councils in Brexit negotiations, panel tells select committee

    06 December 2017

    A panel of local government experts have stressed the importance of including councils in Brexit negotiations to the communities select committee.

  • Ministers urged not to redistribute EU funding via Barnett Formula

    04 December 2017

    Britain’s government should not default to the out-dated Barnett Formula when seeking to replace EU structural funding and investment streams after Brexit, experts have warned.

  • Row over contract extension

    30 November 2017

    Hertfordshire CC is controversially planning to extended its highways maintenance contract with Ringway.

  • Industrial Strategy snubs councils

    27 November 2017

    Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) as the drivers of future local growth in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.

  • Councils dismayed by cultural blow

    23 November 2017

    Leeds City Council’s leader has been left dismayed after the European Commission said a British city cannot be European Capital of Culture in 2023.