Other taxes must now be localised along with business rates
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
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
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
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall-backed leadership drive latest austerity casualty
A ‘powerful’ new leadership offer for local government backed by No 10 is the latest casualty of shifting Whitehall priorities, The MJ can reveal.
PAC chair to address The MJ’s spring forum
The chair of the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee is a keynote speaker at The MJ Future Forum which takes place in Hertfordshire next month.
New burdens doctrine to continue
The new burdens doctrine will continue beyond 2020, the Government has confirmed.
Learning the lessons of history on housing
By imposing Right to Buy restrictions on local authority housing companies, John O'Brien argues the Government is in danger of choking off a sensible, entrepreneurial and innovative approach to housebuilding.
Kerslake’s review backs the move to clipping the Treasury’s wings
Michael Burton looks at Lord Kerslake's review into the Treasury.
Push to pool more assets could lead to LPP expansion
The Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) is open to expanding in order to pool more assets beyond the £14bn already committed, The MJ understands.
Councils dig into reserves to put off hard decisions
Almost two out of three key finance decision-makers plan to dip into their reserves this year, research by The MJ and LGiU think-tank has found.
DCLG accused of abdicating responsibility over council cuts
National Audit Office boss Sir Amyas Morse has accused central government of an ‘out of sight, out of mind culture’ in imposing council cuts.
Stop pretending and start talking about the future
We are at a pivotal moment in local government history and the sector has to start being honest, writes Heather Jameson.
Javid denies Surrey 'sweatheat deal' after sector backlash
Sajid Javid has denied the Government struck a secret deal with Surrey CC after a bombardment of calls from opposition politicians and local government groups.
Action on the home front
In the immediate aftermath of the housing white paper’s launch, Gavin Barwell reflects on its expected impact and whether steps can be taken to mend the UK’s ‘broken’ housing market.
Keeping the devolution dream alive
People are starting to ask whether devolution is dead, writes Bob Neill, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
NAO warns ‘2020 deadline for integrated care at risk’
The Government’s aim of fully integrated health and social care by 2020 is at ‘significant risk,’ the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
Housing plans are more reset than revolution
At long last the highly-awaited housing white paper has been published, but Heather Jameson argues we have been here before.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s make or break time’ - annual finance survey
Results of the latest LGiU/The MJ annual finance survey lead to stark warnings on the fiscal future of local government.
Councils will have crucial role in housing
Councils face significant new demands under ministers’ plan to kick-start Britain’s ‘broken’ housing market – but critics warned the reforms do not go far enough.