General Election

  • Royal Mail wins High Court bid to halt strike

    14 November 2019

    The Royal Mail has won its High Court bid to halt a postal strike in the run up to the General Election amid fears it would hit postal votes. 


  • EXCLUSIVE: Ministers in fresh LEP overlap threat

    13 November 2019

    Ministers have again threatened to withhold funding from local enterprise partnerships (LEP) that fail to remove overlapping boundaries, The MJ has learnt.


  • ‘Unleash the potential of counties’

    13 November 2019

    The County Councils’ Network conference begins this weekend against the backdrop of the General Election campaign. Simon Edwards says a major focus will be on ensuring counties and local government get a fair share in any future spending pledges.


  • More information is better

    13 November 2019

    One thing canvassers might remember is that voters ‘are free-thinking individuals who can change our minds if we hear a better argument’, says Claire Fox.


  • Environment Bill... What next?

    13 November 2019

    As flooding hits Rotherham and other areas, Sharon Kemp says there is real potential for local leaders to be given support for their climate activities by using the Solace network to share the ideas that drive the changes needed within communities.


  • Our poor children

    13 November 2019

    Child poverty in the UK impacts not only on the children who are put into care. Its ripple effect piles pressure on local authorities, particularly those in the West Midlands and the North. Paul Marinko reports.


  • How are we going to make spending vows a reality?

    13 November 2019

    As the main political parties toss around their policy promises and spending pledges, they face a huge dilemma, says Heather Jameson. Just how much are they willing to raise taxes – or devolve them – to fix this?


  • Social care is the election’s Cinderella service

    13 November 2019

    Michael Burton says the main parties fall over themselves to shower largesse on the NHS and claim the service is at death’s door through underfunding, while social care’s role in reducing NHS costs is barely mentioned.


  • Employers delay response to 10% pay claim

    12 November 2019

    Local government employers have told trade union leaders that they are unlikely to respond to their 10% pay claim before next year.


  • High Court to hear Royal Mail's bid to halt pre-election strike

    12 November 2019

    The Royal Mail’s attempts to block a strike in the run up to the General Election will be heard at the High Court today.


  • More cash needed to improve outcomes - report

    11 November 2019

    More money on top of spending pledges made by the Government ahead of the General Election will be required to improve outcomes, public sector experts have warned.


  • Northants reorg stalled amid election

    08 November 2019

    Plans to reorganise cash-strapped Northamptonshire CC have stalled amid the general election.


  • Mail launches bid to halt postal strike

    08 November 2019

    The Royal Mail has today launched a High Court bid to halt industrial action, claiming the ballot of its employees had ‘potential irregularities’.


  • Returning officers attack Government over 'lack of knowledge'

    07 November 2019

    Returning officers have accused the Government of a ‘complete lack of knowledge’ after being told to avoid using schools as polling stations.


  • Voters wrongly told of electoral register removal

    07 November 2019

    Swindon BC has apologised after sending hundreds of letters in error telling voters they would be removed from the electoral register.


  • McDonnell unveils a Northern manifesto

    07 November 2019

    Shadow chancellor John McDonnell will today announce plans to shift the balance of power from Westminster to the North.


  • Councils ask General Election candidates for funding reforms

    06 November 2019

    Councils have made their pitches to the parties vying for control of Westminster as the General Election campaign officially gets under way.


  • Rod’s the opening act

    06 November 2019

    The snap election has piled the pressure on councils to rapidly hunt for venues to accommodate the ballot boxes and election counts.


  • CIPFA chief warns of 'political Groundhog Day'

    06 November 2019

    A continuing 'political Groundhog Day' is hitting local services 'that affect real people every day', according to the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.


  • Get rid of 'delays, deadlock and paralysis'

    06 November 2019

    Continuing to stumble through this 'political Groundhog Day' has real consequences for the services that affect real people every day, says Rob Whiteman - and it’s well past time their needs came to the top of the political agenda.