• A winning strategy?

    22 March 2017

    The industrial strategy has dominated the agenda over the past month, but a new Localis report says it is time to move the debate forward. Sam Clayden reports.

  • Cornwall to demand more rate relief powers

    22 March 2017

    More powers and flexibilities around rate reliefs and public health will be demanded by Cornwall Council as it heads into negotiations for a 2018/19 pilot.

  • PHE’s role in doubt

    22 March 2017

    Public Health England’s (PHE) role after 100% business rates retention is rolled out remains unclear, according to the chief executive of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH).

  • Bid to oust Hodge as Surrey leader thwarted

    21 March 2017

    An attempt to oust the leader of Surrey CC in the wake of an alleged ‘sweetheart deal’ with the Government failed today.

  • Christchurch mulls ‘Chrexit’ referendum on borough merger

    17 March 2017

    Potential for a referendum on whether Christchurch BC should remain separate or merge with other Dorset local authorities - dubbed 'Chrexit' - will be discussed by councillors next week.

  • Praise for backing of Troubled Families programme

    14 March 2017

    A respected transformation expert has praised the Government for emerging from a ‘stormy period of criticism’ and pressing ahead with its controversial Troubled Families programme.

  • Councils talk housing deals with Whitehall

    14 March 2017

    A group of councils has met with government officials to discuss the possibility of bespoke housing deals that could lead to relaxing the borrowing cap, The MJ understands.

  • Brexit casts a long shadow

    14 March 2017

    The UK’s decision to leave the EU will have profound consequences. Heather Jameson talks to Lord Kerslake about what this will mean for local government.

  • A new season for London's devolution

    14 March 2017

    John O'Brien says it is too early to tell whether London's latest devolution development has any wider significance for the Government’s approach to the agenda.

  • Will the figures actually add up?

    14 March 2017

    Michael Burton looks at key public finance issues highlighted in the Institute for Fiscal Studies' post-Budget briefing.

  • Council’s ‘dire finances’ under scrutiny by MPs

    08 March 2017

    A council has denied it is being run ‘incompetently’ after its MP flagged up the state of its finances with ministers.

  • Whitehall leads drive for inward investment

    08 March 2017

    The UK Government is for the first time spearheading an inward investment drive backed by leading local authorities at the world’s biggest property regeneration event.

  • Heseltine sacked over Brexit rebellion

    08 March 2017

    A former cabinet minister who penned an influential report that convinced Whitehall to drive growth in the regions has been sacked as a government adviser.

  • Capital gains?

    28 February 2017

    Dan Corry looks at potential solutions to reinvesting in the buildings and equipment underpinning the country’s struggling public services.

  • Cornwall shock as Growth Deal only delivers £18m

    28 February 2017

    Cornwall Council has expressed its ‘shock’ after the Government allotted just £18m to the county in the latest Growth Deal announcement.

  • Devo deals threatened by DCLG’s lack of conviction

    28 February 2017

    Frustrations are mounting as the lack of government capacity threatens to scupper devolution deals across the country, The MJ has been told.

  • Other taxes must now be localised along with business rates

    21 February 2017

    The Government must logically now look at localising a much wider range of tax along with business rates if it is to continue withdrawing grant funding, writes Michael Burton.

  • Whitehall remains tight-lipped about 2018/19 rates pilots

    21 February 2017

    Whitehall has refused to disclose details of discussions it has had with potential rate retention pilot areas that could test the new system from 2018/19.

  • Rogers prepares Brum exit

    21 February 2017

    Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy had a ‘gun to his head’ before deciding to oust chief executive Mark Rogers, a source has claimed.

  • ‘Unfair’ grant allocation fails to meet ‘need’ factor

    21 February 2017

    The Government’s explanation for how it allocated £300m of transitional grant is ‘wafer thin,’ critics claimed this week after a National Audit Office (NAO) probe was finally published.