No replacement for Bulbeck
Teinbridge DC’s chief executive, Nicola Bulbeck, will step down in June after fulfilling her duties as the acting returning officer for the General Election.
Councils hit with burden of creating rates relief schemes
District councils are having to come up with separate discretionary business rates relief schemes with little guidance from the Government.
Vigilance urged after cyber hack
Councils cannot be complacent and must continue to invest in cyber-security to cope with the sort of attack that paralysed NHS IT systems, experts have warned.
DCLG cuts sector-led improvement grant
The Department for Communities and Local Government will provide a £21m grant for sector-led improvement in 2017/18, it has been confirmed.
Tories reveal local government approach in manifesto
The Conservatives have revealed a raft of policies on social care, business rates, devolution, housing and children’s services in their manifesto published today.
Whitehall urged to referee sector’s NHS disputes over rates relief
Shadow minister Jim McMahon has called for the Government to intervene in the dispute between councils and NHS trusts over business rates relief.
DLCG accused of response delays
MPs have criticised the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for hampering their work in scrutinising councils.
Sector doubts over future plan as 100% rates retention is put on ice
Dissent over 100% business rates retention is growing in the sector after it was put on ice by the calling of the General Election, The MJ understands.
The next PM must deliver on pledges to boost council autonomy
Whichever party wins the General elections, they must deliver on promises made to increase autonomy in local government and increase our ability to plan for a sustainable future, writes Claire Kober.
MP predicts reorganisation revamp
A backbench Tory MP who is leading the campaign against local government reorganisation in Dorset believes the Government’s approach will change after the General Election.
DCLG is ‘worst performer’ for FOI request
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is struggling to meet its commitments under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) following swingeing cuts to staff numbers.
PAC: Government lacks ambition on housing
The Government lacks the necessary ambition to solve the housing crisis and is overly reliant on a ‘broken’ market to deliver the homes people need, MPs have argued.
DCLG’s Royal appointment
The country is currently in the chaotic grip of General Election and Brexit fever. But there is one event that would surely blow these out of the water - the death of the Queen.
‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
Pickles to stand down as MP
Former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles has announced he is standing down as MP for Brentwood and Ongar after 25 years.
CIPFA warning as General Election called
MPs should not use the snap General Election to make ‘undeliverable promises’ about the future funding of public services, experts have warned.
Impact of academisation on authority pension funds requires ‘radical measures’
Ministers have not ruled out ‘radical measures’ after a six-month review of the impact of academisation on council pension funds.
Probe into pension boards’ efficiency
The effectiveness and operational efficiency of local pension boards will be tested by a survey two years on from their creation.
Scorn for Bourne’s £1bn
Government figures claiming councils can raise £1bn through the social care precept are massively inflated from the sector’s calculations, it has emerged.
Whitehall may step in over authorities’ commercial deals
The Government may intervene to lower the risks associated with the increased commercial activities of local authorities, it has been suggested.