COSLA conference: 'Brexit could undermine good work by councils'
Brexit threatens to undermine the ‘good work’ being done by Scottish councils and the Scottish Government, cabinet secretary for communities and local government, Aileen Campbell has said.
Amid Brexit confusion, what about LEPs?
Would it not be better to build strong, accountable devolution across the whole country and hand powers, responsibilities and funding to the combined authorities, asks Heather Jameson.
Transformation ‘largely left to smoulder on the back burner’
Five years ago the Service Transformation Challenge Panel was launched with the aim of delivering better outcomes in local public services. But a new report notes little progress since the UK EU membership referendum.
NLGN in fresh fiscal devolution call
Only full fiscal devolution with comprehensive tax-raising powers at a local level will deliver the change communities crave, a report by the NLGN think-tank has urged.
MPs should implement PM's Brexit deal for now, says Labour leader of Barnsley MBC
Labour leader of Barnsley MBC, Sir Steve Houghton, has called on MPs to implement the Prime Minister's Brexit deal for now - with a further referendum to be held in five years' time.
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.
Brexit has caused slowdown - economists
Economists who are both pro and anti-Brexit agree the referendum vote has caused a slowdown in the economy, the Institute for Government’s Gemma Tetlow has said.
Malthouse replaces Raab in reshuffle
Parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, Kit Malthouse, has replaced Dominic Raab as housing minister after his appointment as the new Brexit secretary.
Unlocking the problems of centralisation
As the UK prepares to leave the EU, Core Cities chair Cllr Judith Blake tells Heather Jameson what cities have to offer on the economy, democracy and devolution in a post-Brexit world.
Fears raised over care cap
IFS questions viability of Tory plans limiting individual care costs.
Respecting the will of the people
Misreading the newly-invigorated electorate has become far too common. The political debate has been reframed through the Brexit prism and the wishes of the people need to be respected, writes Claire Fox.
White Van Man on . . . the elections
Every time anyone asks the Government for more money like to help the NHS or look after wrinklies in their old folks’ homes or fill the millions of potholes, then ministers all wring their hands and say they haven’t got a bean, sorry guvnor.
The sector must be heard
Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.
4 Wheel Drive Woman on . . . the General Election
No Tarquin, a snap election doesn’t mean it is exactly the same as last time.
CIPFA warning as General Election called
MPs should not use the snap General Election to make ‘undeliverable promises’ about the future funding of public services, experts have warned.
Brexit: The next chapter for local government
The prime minister triggered Article 50 last week, firing the UK into one of the most crucial periods of its modern history. Mark Conrad investigates the risks and opportunities for local government as the country negotiates its exit from the EU
Brexit casts a long shadow
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.
Call for 'radical overhaul' of public services
The RSA Inclusive Growth Commission today called for a ‘radical overhaul’ of public services, including more powers and devolution to combined authorities.
‘Ditch big, top-down solutions,’ councils told
‘Transformation is dead’ and should be replaced by rapid cycles of discovery and experimentation, Simon Parker, Redbridge LBC’s corporate director of strategy and former director of think-tank NLGN, has proclaimed.
Putting ‘power to the people’ into practice
Election results the world over are revealing a serious divide between communities and the political establishment. Jim McMahon MP explains why devolution is now more important than ever and explains the co-operative vision for handing powers down to local government