Greg Clark

  • Councils face asset sale clampdown

    01 August 2022

    Communities secretary Greg Clark is writing to councils today to confirm a tightening of rules under which authorities could previously sell assets to companies they control.


  • Slough's financial challenge 'unprecedented'

    28 July 2022

    Commissioners at Slough Council are set to be given powers over recruitment after finding it was unable to turn around its finances quickly enough.


  • BCP in finance talks with ministers

    21 July 2022

    Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council is in talks with the Government as it attempts to balance its books.


  • The familiarity of uncertainty

    11 July 2022

    With the re-emergence of Greg Clark, Heather Jameson assesses the short and long-term prospects of the levelling up agenda.


  • Paper shortage could undermine snap election

    11 July 2022

    A snap General Election caused by turmoil at the top of the Conservative Party could be undermined by a shortage of paper needed during ballots, election officers have warned.


  • Same issues, new interventions and little progress

    05 July 2022

    Global pandemic and cost of living crisis aside, last week’s Local Government Association conference in Harrogate felt remarkably familiar, says Heather Jameson


  • Clark: Reorganisation opportunity has come and gone

    28 February 2022

    The opportunity for wholescale local government reorganisation has come and gone thanks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ‘political headwinds,’ former local government secretary Greg Clark has said.


  • Prince Harry and the Industrial Strategy

    27 November 2017

    Prince Harry is a firm favourite at MJ Towers.


  • Industrial Strategy snubs councils

    27 November 2017

    Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) as the drivers of future local growth in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.


  • Government confirms talks over second West Midlands devolution deal

    25 July 2017

    Business secretary Greg Clark has suggested the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is on the brink of striking a second devolution deal with the Government.


  • Top-down plan shot down

    22 March 2017

    Town halls and experts have kicked back at sweeping proposals urging ministers to impose new devolution structures on places that fail to agree them locally.


  • Jones to leave think-tank to work with Clark

    10 March 2017

    The chief executive of the Centre for Cities think-tank, Alexandra Jones, has been hired to head up the Government’s industrial strategy, it was announced today.


  • LGA backs districts following Whitehall raid on NHB budget

    24 January 2017

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has backed furious districts angry after Whitehall raided the New Homes Bonus (NHB) budget to help prop up social care.


  • Conservatives name West Midlands mayoral candidate

    30 September 2016

    John Lewis managing director Andy Street has been named the Conservative candidate for next year’s West Midlands metro mayor elections.


  • Sajid Javid has yet to set the agenda

    31 August 2016

    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


  • Where next for devolution?

    10 August 2016

    Will government demands for elected mayors in devolution deals survive in the post-Brexit shake-up and how will the agenda be shaped by the referendum result? Simon Goacher looks at the evidence.


  • Business as usual?

    10 August 2016

    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.


  • West Country firms want decision on power plan

    02 August 2016

    Council leaders have called on the Government to make a final decision on Hinkley Point C as soon as possible for the sake of local firms.


  • Fear for councils over business rates appeals

    13 July 2016

    The risk of losing business rates appeals needs to be held at a national level, a senior local government finance chief has argued.


  • The path ahead for local government

    13 July 2016

    Greg Clark talks to Heather Jameson about the place for local government post-Brexit, the future of council funding and his stance on business rates devolution.