Council U-turn expected over unitary referendum plans
Lincolnshire CC has backtracked on the idea of a unitary referendum after objections from the districts.
Capital’s sub-regions fight for cash streams
London sub-regions are struggling to get central government to take them seriously as they battle to get funding streams devolved, The MJ has learned.
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.
Percy gives west of England devo go-ahead
Communities minister Andrew Percy has given the go-ahead for the west of England combined authority headed by a directly-elected mayor.
New burdens doctrine to continue
The new burdens doctrine will continue beyond 2020, the Government has confirmed.
West Yorks leaders pessimistic about devolution deal
Senior West Yorkshire Combined Authority figures are pessimistic about their chances of striking a devolution deal for the region any time soon, The MJ has been told.
Localising the criminal justice system
Harvey Redgrave argues taking control of the criminal justice system locally would reverse the growing delays in justice, reduce reoffending and save local authorities billions of pounds
Time to work together
The Government’s combined authority and reorganisation policies clash. Steve Leach and Dennis Reed argue it is time for local government to present a united front against top down restructuring
Kerslake’s review backs the move to clipping the Treasury’s wings
Michael Burton looks at Lord Kerslake's review into the Treasury.
Hodge denies pilot deal to drop tax referendum
Surrey CC leader David Hodge has batted away claims his authority was offered a business rates pilot in return for dropping its council tax referendum.
Planning beyond the political cycle
Local areas must be given more autonomy to invest for the future, writes Louise Sunderland.
Question time for reorganisation
Reorganisation has not been the most welcome word in the local government lexicon in recent years. Tony Reeves says it is time for local government leaders to start asking the right questions.
West Midlands looking to thrive
The world is watching as the West Midlands Combined Authority paves the way for major mental health strategies. Norman Lamb explains how local leaders can make internationally significant changes.
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.
Porter: Local government threw devolution back in ministers' faces
The country’s most influential council leader has proclaimed that ‘devolution is dead’ and suggested local government is to blame.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Time to jump-start this devo revolution’ – IPPR
Ministers have been urged to ditch their ‘bloody-mindedness’ and reboot the stalled devolution process amid a surge of faltering deals and emerging reorganisation rows.
In search of unicorns?
Former ministers are a worry – they always give the game away when they are out of office.
Still time to get it right
Decades of feeble attempts to reform the structure of local government has left the map in a mess – and devolution has been no different. However Tony McArdle believes the Government can set the agenda back on track.
Rebooting devolution takes no more than common sense
The devolution agenda has come to a standstill but it can still be revived. Ed Cox and Jack Hunter write exclusively for The MJ ahead of the publication of IPPR North’s report Rebooting Devolution: a common sense approach to taking back control.
Jessica Studdert breaks down the Government’s recent Building our Industrial Strategy green paper, and says a place-based focus is key to success