'Cracks' starting to show in electoral system
Election administrators have warned of ‘cracks’ beginning to show in the electoral system with the prospect of another poll on the horizon.
Brexit guidance 'inadequate'
Guidance provided by the Government in relation to the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on children’s services and education is ‘inadequate,’ a think-tank has claimed.
Home Office defends settled status postcode checker after criticism
The Home Office has insisted it ‘constantly reviews’ the functionality of its services to support EU settlement scheme applicants to ensure they are ‘user friendly’.
EXCLUSIVE: Jenrick pledges to improve Brexit communications
New local government secretary Robert Jenrick has promised to make communication from Whitehall on Brexit more streamlined and clearer than in the past, The MJ understands.
Directors urge action ahead of new immigration rules
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has urged action as Government considers whether to exempt the care sector from new immigration rules.
EXCLUSIVE: Dawes in 'internal focus' warning
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) top mandarin has warned council chiefs that the department will have an internal focus for a while, The MJ understands.
Councils hit out at standardisation drive
Council figures have hit out at a government consultation to standardise recycling across the country.
EU funding replacement delay 'huge concern' for councils
Ongoing delays and uncertainty on the detail of a new scheme to replace EU funding is a huge concern for councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
EXCLUSIVE: NAO leaves open no-deal Brexit audit
An assessment of how ready the UK is for a no-deal Brexit has not been ruled out by the National Audit Office (NAO).
Council preparations for Brexit 'hampered' by Whitehall
Whitehall’s lack of focus and co-ordination ‘hampered’ councils’ preparations for Brexit in the run-up to April 12, a Local Government Association (LGA) report has said.
Municipal bond grants launched
Grants to help councils invest in a new type of municipal bond for funding environmentally-friendly, low-carbon infrastructure projects have been launched.
English Devolution Bill calls dismissed
The Government has dismissed calls for an English Devolution Bill in the first Queen’s Speech after the UK has left the EU.
EXCLUSIVE: Violence could delay EU poll
Polling at the EU elections may be suspended if rioting or open violence breaks out today, returning officers have been told.
EXCLUSIVE: Security fears after candidate addresses published
Security concerns have been raised after a loophole forced councils to publish the home addresses of candidates standing in the EU elections.
£100m EU elections bill even if poll cancelled
The UK will still be landed with a close to £100m bill for the EU elections - even if they were cancelled before May 23, The MJ understands.
Further delay to devolution drive
The Government’s repeatedly-delayed devolution framework will not be published until after Brexit, minister Jake Berry has admitted.
EXCLUSIVE: Government to hear Brexit legal base fears
Continuing concerns around the future legal base of regulatory work after Brexit will be raised at the next EU exit local government delivery board, The MJ understands.
Elections staff left asking questions on EU poll payments
Elections staff remain in the dark over the payments they will receive if the EU polls are cancelled.
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.