• Why mayors matter

    08 April 2024

    Polling shows the public wants more local control over policy decisions, and directly-elected mayors give them the chance to put place over politics, says Paul Swinney.

  • Battle lines drawn for local elections

    03 April 2024

    Rows over levelling up have dominated the opening clashes as campaigning kicked off for next month’s local elections.

  • Council chiefs receive cyber espionage warnings

    03 April 2024

    Council chiefs have been warned their email accounts, phones and computers will ‘almost certainly’ be targets for ‘cyber espionage operations’ before local and national elections.

  • Parties draw battlelines for local elections

    28 March 2024

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has given a speech in Dudley today following campaign launches by the Conservatives and Lib Dems.

  • Elections on cyber alert

    26 March 2024

    Ministers have warned this year’s local and national elections are 'not business as usual’ – as councils prepare to tackle technological and geopolitical threats to voting security.

  • 'Victorian era' electoral registration failing voters, MPs warn

    21 March 2024

    The electoral registration system is ‘neither effective nor efficient’ and is disenfranchising millions, MPs have warned.

  • Better food policies for councils’ menus

    27 February 2024

    Ahead of the local elections in May, and in the context of a council funding crisis, Sofia Parente looks at the levers candidates can use to ensure better food policies are priorities.

  • Voter ID legal challenge launched

    19 February 2024

    A legal challenge has been mounted against the Government over voter ID requirements for elections.

  • Officer warning over street votes

    06 February 2024

    Senior council officers have issued a scathing response to plans for street-level planning votes – dismissing the idea as a costly and complex ‘proliferation of polls’.

  • Time for a fightback

    05 February 2024

    Political parties think the general public doesn’t care about councils, which is why, electorally, they are not on the agenda – but they’re wrong, says Sarah Longlands.

  • Security costs exemption for election spend limits

    29 January 2024

    Local government minister Simon Hoare this week confirmed key security costs for local elections will not count against agreed party and candidates’ spending limits.

  • A huge year – but will local government’s voice be heard?

    10 January 2024

    'While politicians are holding the line – that councils have plenty of cash and financial failure equals poor management – there are indications that they know it’s not so clear cut', says Heather Jameson.

  • Don't hold your breath for immediate funding salvation

    08 January 2024

    Like Liam Byrne’s 2010 note to his successor suggesting there was no money left, an incoming government will have little room for budgetary manoeuvre if it sticks to its declared fiscal rules, says Abdool Kara.

  • Sunak vows to keep public spending down

    08 January 2024

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has kicked off election year with a promise to keep public spending down and cut taxes.

  • Alarm sounded on cyber threat to local elections

    21 December 2023

    Ministers have written to councils to warn of attempted foreign interference in next year’s elections.

  • Minister denies 'passive' approach to voter registration

    14 December 2023

    Local government minister Simon Hoare has denied the Government is taking a ‘passive role’ in voter registration.

  • Welsh councils open door to voting reform

    12 December 2023

    Gwynedd Council and Powys CC are to consult on dropping first past the post in favour of single transferable voting.

  • Minister shrugs off election concerns

    06 December 2023

    Fears that pressures on elections officials will leave them overwhelmed at the next General Election have been dismissed by local government minister Simon Hoare.

  • Election fears raised with ministers

    05 December 2023

    Concern among council officers was detailed in a new Government-commissioned report on the implementation of voter ID requirements.

  • Battling democratic backsliding

    04 December 2023

    Greg Notman and Professor James Downe reflect on the current health of local democracy, and look at the best ways to measure it.