• Campaign launched to reverse centralisation

    16 April 2021

    Local government must ‘turn the tide’ on 40 years in which its autonomy has been eroded, a new report has concluded.

  • Reorganisation being 'rushed through in pandemic'

    15 April 2021

    The current local government reorganisation process is being ‘rushed through in a pandemic,’ a shadow minister has said.

  • Making elections meaningful

    13 April 2021

    We need two things from our electoral system says Dr Jonathan Carr-West – enough stability to maintain public confidence and the possibility of meaningful change. But have we got the balance quite right?

  • Tight timescales force grant rejection

    12 April 2021

    A new garden village featuring more than 2,000 homes has been thrown into doubt after Rutland CC turned down £29.4m it had bid for successfully.

  • How do we empower and support councillors?

    08 April 2021

    With Super Thursday looming on May 6, Paul O'Brien argues that a radical system reset may be needed; one that supports the role of councillors, values their role and is able to attract people from all walks of life.

  • Pandemic hits LGA's graduate programme

    29 March 2021

    The coronavirus pandemic undermined Smith Square’s plan to expand its National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP), councillors have heard.

  • Voter ID plans face fresh legal challenge

    29 March 2021

    A former councillor has been given permission to legally challenge government Voter ID schemes at the Supreme Court.

  • Organisations push ahead with legal action on remote meetings

    19 March 2021

    Threats to launch a legal bid to allow remote council meetings to continue beyond the spring have materialised.

  • Hancock's half hour to ease sector concerns

    11 March 2021

    Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has attempted to ease local government concerns about far-reaching NHS legislation plans.

  • Cat got your tongue?

    10 March 2021

    A connoisseur of virtual council meetings, Diary has learned to expect only the unexpected while tapping the rich vein of entertainment provided by elected members.

  • A new chapter for some

    24 February 2021

    The leader of Medway Council has been showing us how lockdown should be done by writing a novel.

  • A Blur of a council career

    24 February 2021

    Blur drummer and Britpop icon Dave Rowntree’s second career as a Norfolk CC Labour councillor is Out of Time, it appears.

  • LGA code of conduct 'unlikely to gain traction'

    23 February 2021

    The Local Government Association’s model code of conduct is ‘unlikely to gain any traction across the sector’ because of the lack of sanctions breaches attract, council chief executives have warned Whitehall.

  • Answers sought over action against council chief

    16 February 2021

    Councillors in Northumberland have demanded to see a report detailing why disciplinary action against its chief executive was taken and subsequently dropped.

  • Northumberland councillors demand answers

    10 February 2021

    Angry members have called a meeting to address the ‘unholy mess’ around the aborted disciplinary action against the council's chief executive.

  • Cross-party backing for European charter

    05 February 2021

    The European charter of local self-government took a step closer to being incorporated into Scots law after a Bill received cross-party support at stage one.

  • McArdle drafted in to help Croydon

    26 January 2021

    The lead commissioner at Northamptonshire CC, Tony McArdle, has been appointed to chair Section 114-hit Croydon LBC’s government improvement panel.

  • Fresh calls for standards code sanctions

    26 January 2021

    Fresh calls for meaningful sanctions on badly behaving councillors were made this week after the Local Government Association (LGA) unanimously approved a model code of conduct.

  • Council move to regain control of environmental services

    21 January 2021

    Senior Norwich City Council members have taken another step towards bringing environmental services back under local authority control from April.

  • Extra scrutiny for council companies

    18 January 2021

    Senior councillors will receive a confidential quarterly report on the performance of all Warrington Council companies after two external reviews into the authority’s commercial approach.