• Javid says he needs 'stronger case' on HRA

    08 February 2018

    Local government secretary Sajid Javid has urged the sector to use headroom in the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) to boost his case for further action.

  • Labour accuses Government of 'holding back' sector

    29 January 2018

    Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.

  • Should the sector be speaking with one voice?

    24 January 2018

    Local government lacks whole-sector leadership and therefore vision, writes Rob Whiteman.

  • The MJ/NAO round table: Fallout from the Budget

    11 January 2018

    The MJ and the National Audit Office have launched a series of round table debates with local authority chief executives and directors whose outcomes will help inform the NAO’s forthcoming programme of reports. The first, held last month, asked invited participants to comment on chancellor Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget. Michael Burton reports on the conclusions

  • LGA attacks 'counter-productive' cut

    21 December 2017

    A cut to councils’ public health grants has been criticised by the Local Government Association (LGA) for being ‘short-sighted and extremely counter-productive’.

  • Scots Budget reveals plan to increase income tax bands

    14 December 2017

    The Scottish Government has unveiled a draft budget which raises income tax in a bid to raise an extra £164m to pay for public services.

  • A leap into the unknown

    13 December 2017

    Sam Clayden guides us through the biggest events of a tumultuous year.

  • Scots must boost productivity to pay for public services

    12 December 2017

    The Scottish Government will need a clear plan to support growth and productivity in its Budget this week if it is to pay for its public service commitments, an independent research unit has claimed. 

  • Corridors of power

    05 December 2017

    Conservative Party special advisers Simon Fortescue-Smythe and Julian Ponsonby are speculating about next year’s spending plans over a bottle of bubbly…

  • Beecham launches scathing attack on Budget

    05 December 2017

    Former chair of the Local Government Association, Lord Beecham, has launched a scathing attack on chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget plan – arguing it does little to help councils tackle crises in housing, social care and children’s services.

  • Industrial Strategy 'lacks focus on inclusive growth'

    01 December 2017

    The Government has failed to offer a compelling narrative around inclusive growth, Leeds City Council’s chief executive has warned.

  • Prove success of devo deals before asking for more, warns chief executive

    30 November 2017

    Local government should be careful of asking for too many devolution deals before they have proved the success of the one’s they’ve already got, the chief executive of Halton BC has warned.

  • Budget that gives no one any certainty

    29 November 2017

    We don’t have a stable situation and things will have to change, writes Dan Corry, as he dissects the Budget and finds it hollow.

  • How councils can spend extra DFG cash - quickly

    29 November 2017

    As councils submit requests for their allocation of the extra disabled facilities grants announced in the Budget, Paul Smith explains what the money can be spent on and how councils can spend it before the March 2018 deadline.

  • Budget forecasting for public finances is hit and miss

    29 November 2017

    One conclusion from covering many Budgets is that forecasting is more an art than a science, writes Michael Burton.

  • County council rejects devolution plans

    24 November 2017

    The prospect of devolution to Lancashire were dealt a blow yesterday after four councils including the county council rejected the idea of a combined authority.

  • What does the Budget mean for local government? 

    24 November 2017

    The lack of announcements on social care and children's services are the main explanation for the reduction in council reserves - a trend that is not sustainable, says Gareth Davies.

  • IFS questions government's ambitious housing targets

    23 November 2017

    It is impossible to predict ‘with any confidence’ that ambitious targets to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s will ever be achieved, according to the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think-tank.

  • Homes under the Hammond

    23 November 2017

    Head of news and events for think-tank Localis, Jonathan Werran, looks at what the Budget means for housing.

  • Adam Lent: An agenda-shifting Budget - if a little underwhelming

    22 November 2017

    The chancellor has made some bold moves to fix the country's most intractable issue, housing, and even avoided bashing local government, writes Adam Lent.