Data demand over settled status bids
Councils have refused to give up after their request to access Home Office data on application rates for settled status was knocked back.
EXCLUSIVE: Concern over councils' ability to cope with polls
Council chiefs have raised concerns with Government about the sector’s capacity to run EU elections so close on the heels of local polls.
EXCLUSIVE: Call for inspection pause in case of Brexit hit
Council chiefs have urged Whitehall to be ready to ease pressures on the sector for up to six months if Brexit threatens to stretch capacity.
Row over devolution delay
Councils and the Government are at loggerheads over who is to blame for a 17-month delay for a decision on a devolution growth deal.
EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall warned as Brexit tensions grow
‘Early signs’ of escalating community tensions and hate crime related to Brexit have been reported to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), The MJ has learnt.
Councils told to seek no-deal Brexit legal advice
Local authorities will have to seek their own legal advice on how to handle personal data in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Government has said.
EXCLUSIVE: Frustration mounts on Brexit legislation list
Frustration is growing as the Government stalls on requests to provide a comprehensive list of secondary legislation affecting councils that needs to pass before Brexit.
Will Brexit be bad – or worse?
Were the UK to rely on World Trade Organisation rules as a basis for trade, economic growth would be 7.7% less than it would otherwise have been. Keith Burge evaluates the inevitable impact this would have on councils.
Government Settled Status scheme 'will cope' with surge
The Government has insisted it will be able to cope with up to three million people applying for Settled Status by the end of 2020.
£100m cost of EU elections if Brexit delayed beyond June
The UK could be landed with a £100m bill to host EU elections separately from May’s local polls if Article 50 is extended beyond June, the Government has been warned.
MHCLG yet to agree no-deal Brexit escalation process for care provider failure
Marsham Street has still not agreed its ‘escalation process’ in the case of a no-deal Brexit causing social care provider failure, a leaked document has revealed.
Portsmouth leader 'shocked' at Brexit port funding
The leader of a council covering a ‘vital’ freight port has expressed his shock at the funding allocated to his authority.
EXCLUSIVE: Sector fumes over lack of pre-Brexit briefing
Councils have threatened to walk away from Government attempts to engage with them on Brexit amid growing frustrations about the response to their concerns.
Brokenshire announces new integration measures
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced new measures to promote integration as the UK moves closer to life outside of the EU.
MHCLG: Councils are not doing enough to prepare for Brexit
Councils are not doing enough to prepare for Brexit and need to step up their game, the concerned Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has told sector figures.
EXCLUSIVE: Brokenshire gets Brexit breakdown from chiefs
Chief executives have told communities secretary James Brokenshire Whitehall needs to be more joined up between departments and in its communications with councils over Brexit.
Lack of preparation suggests no-deal is a negotiating tool
The Government has hardly bothered to involve local authorities in any serious planning for exiting the EU without an agreement. This suggests two mindsets, according to Mike Burton.
Lawyers call for post-Brexit procurement rule changes
Legal experts have added their weight to calls for changes to procurement rules after Brexit.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils warn Whitehall of Brexit risks
Councils this week started to formally inform Whitehall about their Brexit risk assessments amid fears of crime spikes, public demonstrations and food bottlenecks.
Council escapes sanction despite missing deadline
Derby City Council has been given more time to tackle air pollution despite ministers warning of ‘serious consequences’ after it missed an earlier deadline.