Fresh league table fears
The prospect of council performance being ranked in a league table has been raised again this week.
Government stands firm after Pickles plea
The Government has said it ‘would not be appropriate’ to pay legal costs to whistleblowers in electoral fraud cases despite a former communities secretary revealing he fought for it to happen.
Pickles: Fraud can change council control
There are still weaknesses in the running of local elections, a House of Lords select committee has heard.
Councils to appeal 'town hall Pravdas' ruling
Waltham Forest and Hackney LBCs will appeal after a judge backed Government attempts to stop them publishing a council newspaper every two weeks.
Councils on reserves danger list named
Eleven councils in danger of running out of reserves have been publicly named in the face of continuing concerns about the creation of league tables.
Savings don't stop cavings
Ex-communities secretary Eric Pickles is soon to be elevated to join his House of Lords chums, heralding a new chapter in his political career.
Pickles for Strictly?
These days secretaries of state at Marsham Street barely have time to gather their thoughts before they are catapulted to another part of Whitehall.
Davis has Pickles for lunch
Former communities secretary Eric Pickles was rather fond of a free lunch.
Declining pay is an issue for both staff and chiefs
It seems like another era when communities secretary Eric Pickles lambasted council chief executives for earning ‘more than the prime minister.’
The pick of Pickles
Diary has long been unashamed in its appreciation for former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles.
4 Wheel Drive Woman on Eric Pickles
Gosh, Tarquin, this talk of a General Election is absolutely exhausting.
Pickles to stand down as MP
Former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles has announced he is standing down as MP for Brentwood and Ongar after 25 years.
Councils dig into reserves to put off hard decisions
Almost two out of three key finance decision-makers plan to dip into their reserves this year, research by The MJ and LGiU think-tank has found.
A million pounds of fun
Diary has long lamented the decline of local newspapers and its impact on democracy.
Rebel councils stand firm in face of DCLG crackdown
Three rebel local authorities flouting the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) clampdown on so-called town hall Pravdas have defiantly vowed to continue publishing them.
Sajid Javid has yet to set the agenda
Sajid Javid is yet to make his mark on local government policy but his rhetoric on council budgets could be a cause for concern, says Heather Jameson
Pickles in ID for voters call
The electoral system in Britain needs widespread reforms to crack down on corruption and fraud, a report from Sir Eric Pickles has warned.
Business as usual?
Serious concerns still remain over the logistics of business rates redistribution. Finance expert Frances Foster talks to Dan Peters about the pitfalls of pilots, the crucial question of ‘need’ and the future of SIGOMA’s campaign work.
Westminster leader joins House of Lords
The leader of Westminster City Council has been made a peer in David Cameron’s resignations honours list.
A gong for Westlake
The news headlines were dominated at the weekend with stories about David Cameron’s resignation honours list.