• Sunak: Northamptonshire an exception

    21 February 2018

    No other councils have contacted Whitehall with financial concerns on the scale of Northamptonshire CC, the local government minister has confirmed.

  • Gwynne calls for answers on 'fiasco' settlement

    21 February 2018

    Andrew Gwynne has called for Whitehall to outline how it will ensure the provisional finance settlement does not need to undergo last-minute corrections again.

  • Rural-London clash over fair funding

    21 February 2018

    London Councils is expected to clash with rural authorities over the upcoming fair funding review.

  • When legends collide

    20 February 2018

    It’s not often you get legends of TV and film hanging round the local government conference circuit. Well, not ever, really.

  • 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.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Finance cover-up exposed

    20 February 2018

    Key Whitehall departments involved in attempt to bury changes to provisional finance settlement data.

  • Auditor in 'illegal' budget warning

    20 February 2018

    Crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC was this week told to rip up its 2018/19 budget after auditors warned it could be illegal.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils deplore Government guidance after Grenfell

    20 February 2018

    The Government’s guidance on fire safety after the Grenfell Tower fire has been ‘mediocre,’ ‘contradictory,’ ‘disjointed’ or non-existent, councils have said in response to a Labour survey.

  • Shiny homelessness initiatives are no consolation for supported housing changes

    20 February 2018

    If we are to tackle this national homelessness crisis, the Government not only has to progress new initiatives, but also ensure that the very housing that currently provides a lifeline to tens of thousands of people without a home is not jeopardised, writes Denise Hatton.

  • Spending Review to decide bonus future

    20 February 2018

    The future of the New Homes Bonus rests on next year’s departmental spending review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed.

  • Fix your funding formula, metro mayors tell Theresa May

    20 February 2018

    Four metro mayors have written directly to Prime Minister Theresa May to protest about being sidelined in the Government’s latest housing investment round in favour of London and the south-east.

  • Government denies going soft on town hall pravdas

    12 February 2018

    The Government has denied claims it has retreated from clamping down on council newspapers.

  • Javid and Gwynne clash over finance settlement

    07 February 2018

    Communities secretary Sajid Javid clashed today with his Labour rival Andrew Gwynne over errors in the provisional settlement as he saw off a threatened rebellion.

  • 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.

  • May could be defeated on council finance

    01 February 2018

    Tory MPs have warned the Government they are willing to mount a rebellion over the finance settlement for councils.

  • Select committee 'disappointed' with fire safety review

    30 January 2018

    The Communities and Local Government Committee has said it is ‘disappointed’ with Dame Judith Hackitt’s evidence on her fire safety report.

  • Labour accuses Government of 'holding back' sector

    29 January 2018

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

  • New ministry on the block

    26 January 2018

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has existed for less than a month.

  • Changing faces, not places

    24 January 2018

    Theresa May’s recent reshuffle saw a changing cast of characters offering opportunities as well as hassle. As new ministers learn the ropes and old officials attempt to impress them, has anything really changed, asks Dan Corry.

  • First-class flail

    24 January 2018

    The question over how much MPs splash out on first-class train travel constantly crops up in written parliamentary questions.