South London councils push for park law change
South London councils are pushing for a change to the law which forces them to pay for the upkeep of the Lea Valley Regional Park.
Birmingham denies Rogers in line for £500k exit package
Birmingham City Council has denied that outgoing chief executive Mark Rogers is in line for a £500,000 payoff .
Government to look again at rates revaluation
Sajid Javid has promised to work with the chancellor to support the small businesses that will be hit hardest by the rates revaluation.
Councils get the bird
If there’s one story that’s guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers, it’s the amount of money councils spend on tackling rogue pigeons and gulls.
Cash for queries
Anyone who likes talking local government and is looking to make a bit of extra cash might like to head to Oxfordshire.
A frank and open dialogue
Last week, two senior figures threw down the gauntlet by asking the fundamental question: what is the future for local government? Sam Clayden unpicks the responses from key sector leaders
Other taxes must now be localised along with business rates
The Government must logically now look at localising a much wider range of tax along with business rates if it is to continue withdrawing grant funding, writes Michael Burton.
Whitehall remains tight-lipped about 2018/19 rates pilots
Whitehall has refused to disclose details of discussions it has had with potential rate retention pilot areas that could test the new system from 2018/19.
Glasgow plans £30m TIF deal
Glasgow City Council is to develop a £30m tax incremental finance (TIF) package to fund the development of a new innovation district.
Whitehall review of kids’ services paused
A Whitehall review looking at the role of local authorities in relation to children has been shelved, The MJ understands.
Specialist needs migrant children ‘can leave councils with £90k gap’
Councils can face a funding gap of up to £90,000 for unaccompanied child migrants with specialist needs, town halls have warned.
Authority’s £50m fund will support services
Broxbourne BC has agreed to create a £50m fund to invest in new properties.
Council U-turn expected over unitary referendum plans
Lincolnshire CC has backtracked on the idea of a unitary referendum after objections from the districts.
Rogers prepares Brum exit
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy had a ‘gun to his head’ before deciding to oust chief executive Mark Rogers, a source has claimed.
Capital’s sub-regions fight for cash streams
London sub-regions are struggling to get central government to take them seriously as they battle to get funding streams devolved, The MJ has learned.
‘Unfair’ grant allocation fails to meet ‘need’ factor
The Government’s explanation for how it allocated £300m of transitional grant is ‘wafer thin,’ critics claimed this week after a National Audit Office (NAO) probe was finally published.
Sector warned to ‘plan for survival’
Local authorities have been urged to stop being overly-optimistic and ‘plan for the worst’.
EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall-backed leadership drive latest austerity casualty
A ‘powerful’ new leadership offer for local government backed by No 10 is the latest casualty of shifting Whitehall priorities, The MJ can reveal.
PAC chair to address The MJ’s spring forum
The chair of the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee is a keynote speaker at The MJ Future Forum which takes place in Hertfordshire next month.
Hammond gets some wriggle room
Chancellor Philip Hammond has received a pre-Budget boost with latest figures showing the deficit is down to its lowest level since 2008.