A war zone in Northants?
You know the situation in local government must be bad when the comparisons with war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan begin.
Sector to tackle peer challenge take-up
The number of councils that have not had a corporate peer challenge (CPC) since 2012 will be reduced by half in 2018/19, the sector’s Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) has agreed.
Windrush row could swing key council votes
Whitehall’s mistreatment of the Windrush generation could swing key council votes in areas with large immigrant populations, senior politicians have warned.
Government orders councils to cease fortnightly publications
The Government has directed Hackney and Waltham Forest LBCs to cease publication of their fortnightly newspapers and publish no more than quarterly.
Government announces business rates review
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced a review of the business rates system will be led by Andrew Hudson.
Business rates pilot payout proves costly to the sector
Local authorities are missing out on millions of pounds because of an £870m cash boost to business rate pilot councils, according to a study today from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think-tank.
LGA strikes £20m improvement deal
Whitehall is looking to strengthen the sector-led improvement regime in its latest £20m deal with the Local Government Association (LGA), The MJ understands.
MHCLG refuses to publish Brexit analysis
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has refused to publish its analysis of the impact of Brexit.
Government could intervene in tier splits row
The Government could be left to intervene to settle the thorny issue of business rates tier splits under 75% retention, The MJ understands.
Parish pressure over council tax support
Billing authorities are facing increased Government pressure to hand parish councils cash to fund local council tax support schemes.
Gloria parks up at Marsham Street
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is not a great place for celeb spotters to lurk.
Northants crisis could halt Oxfordshire reorganisation
Plans to reorganise local government in Oxfordshire may be stymied by communities secretary Sajid Javid’s intervention in neighbouring Northamptonshire, senior sources have claimed.
Two-tier split issue to be decided
Work to thrash out how two-tier areas will split the cash from 75% business rates retention is expected to take place throughout the spring and summer.
Details of ministry error will come in the summer, says Sunak
Local government minister Rishi Sunak has said a breakdown of £36m in overpayments made to 28 authorities following a Whitehall calculation error will form part of his department’s annual report this summer.
Northants must start afresh, says inspector
Borough and district council leaders from across Northamptonshire this week met local government minister Rishi Sunak after a Whitehall-appointed inspector called for local government reorganisation.
Minister ducks new formula guarantee
A minister has refused to guarantee no council will receive less money under the new funding formula as local authority finance dominated prime minister’s questions (PMQ).
Local government to be formally consulted after Brexit
Ministers this week assured local government the sector will be consulted on important issues after Brexit.
Javid orders review after second finance mistake
The Government has ordered a review after being forced to admit a second mistake in as many months in the way it calculates council payments.
Government oversight of LEPs not good enough, MPs say
The Public Accounts Committee has stressed its lack of faith in the Government’s oversight of local enterprise partnerships in a critical report published today.
What we'll do as an integration pilot
Linzi Roberts-Egan on what Waltham Forest LBC will do after being named an integration pilot by the Government.