Prince Harry and the Industrial Strategy
Prince Harry is a firm favourite at MJ Towers.
Industrial Strategy snubs councils
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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.
Devolution still the way under May – Clark
Local government will be ‘vital’ in new prime minister Theresa May’s premiership, communities secretary Greg Clark has claimed.
Clark draws battle lines
After initial fears Brexit would push devolution to the back of a very long queue of priorities, it was refreshing to hear communities secretary Greg Clark pledge his support for further decentralisation to London.
Clark 'confident' sector will be vital in May premiership
Communities secretary Greg Clark has highlighted the significance of Theresa May’s appearance in Birmingham on the day of her coronation as David Cameron’s successor.
Extra £300m to be spent on adult social care
Councils are planning to invest an extra £308m this year on adult social care services, according to official figures.
Merseyside mayoral elections date revealed
Elections for the first ever mayor of the Liverpool city region will take place on 4 May next year, communities secretary Greg Clark has announced.
Like it or loathe it, a minister’s impenetrable loyalty to the department’s line is his or her prerogative.
EXCLUSIVE: Watchdog to probe final funding deal
Auditors are poised to probe a last-minute government decision to gift some councils £300m transitional funding over the next two years, The MJ understands.