Business

  • Dilnot in hypothecated tax warning

    16 October 2018

    The solution to the social care funding crisis should emerge from general taxation and means-testing reforms instead of hypothecated taxes, Sir Andrew Dilnot has warned.


  • Brokenshire writes: Lifting the barriers to building

    10 October 2018

    Councils are the ‘sleeping giant’ of our housing system, as James Brokenshire explains, and now is the time to remove the barriers preventing them from delivering the homes their communities need.


  • Damning report on leadership diversity

    09 October 2018

    ‘Little progress’ is being made in increasing the diversity of senior leadership in local authorities, a report published today has found.


  • Council pension funds rebel at Ryanair meeting

    20 September 2018

    The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has joined a shareholder rebellion against the re-election of budget airline Ryanair’s chairman.


  • Lincolnshire to renew troubled Serco contract

    19 September 2018

    Lincolnshire CC is to renew its support services contract with Serco for a further two years.


  • Whitehall demands in-year cuts to improvement programme

    19 September 2018

    The sector’s ability to respond to crises such as a care provider failure could be hit after Whitehall demanded cuts to a key improvement programme, senior councillors have been warned.


  • Councils facing Microsoft price hike

    17 September 2018

    Some councils are facing Microsoft price increases of up to 100%, The MJ understands.


  • Pension funds welcome Sports Direct changes

    13 September 2018

    Local government pension funds have welcomed senior changes at retailer Sports Direct after piling pressure on the company.


  • Seeing is believing

    11 September 2018

    Jessica Mullinger says that despite having more access to information in front of us than ever before, the art of hiring the correct person to an interim role still requires a lot of discernment and a little bit of intelligence.


  • Council leader faces opposition to chief executive choice

    11 September 2018

    Lancashire CC’s leader is seeking to push through his preferred candidate for chief executive in the face of criticism from the Labour opposition.


  • Riordan calls for social media abuse clampdown

    11 September 2018

    One of local government’s most active Twitter users has urged social media sites to act to eradicate abuse aimed at public figures.


  • Councils urged to clamp down on radical speakers

    06 September 2018

    Councils will be expected to ensure venues and resources they own do not provide a platform for extremists, a new Prevent strategy toolkit issued by the Home Office has urged.


  • Full steam ahead for the West Midlands

    04 September 2018

    In a recent round table discussion organised by The MJ and energy and services company ENGIE, local authorities from across the West Midlands debated the challenges and opportunities ahead. Heather Jameson reports on the conclusions


  • The five steps to joint working

    04 September 2018

    Prof Malcolm Morley gives his views on how to make joint working situations – whether in the public or private sector – work for you.


  • Combined authority chief to leave

    30 August 2018

    The chief executive of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has announced his departure after just over a year.


  • File on arrested four passed to prosecutors

    23 August 2018

    Police have finally submitted a file of evidence to prosecutors in relation to four local government figures more than a year after they were arrested.


  • Council has taken 'too long' to improve

    23 August 2018

    Reading Council has improved services for young people leaving care since an inadequate Ofsted inspection two years ago.


  • £1bn housing scheme fails to invest

    21 August 2018

    The housing sector’s changing ‘regulatory and funding backdrop’ has been blamed for the failure of a £1bn scheme to invest in a single project.


  • Council accounts held up by LOBO challenge

    21 August 2018

    Auditors have delayed a full opinion on Weymouth and Portland BC’s finances pending the outcome of a High Court challenge against Barclays.


  • Unison to step up pressure against outsourcing

    20 August 2018

    The country’s biggest public sector trade union is to step up pressure on outsourcing as it plans for the impact of Brexit.