House of Lords
Rural areas 'ignored' by Government, Lords claim
City Deals should be adapted and offered to ‘ignored’ rural areas, peers have said in a new report.
Reform Right to Buy to unleash council housebuilding potential
A fresh appeal has been made to give councils a larger role in the Government’s housebuilding drive.
Government resists pressure to speed up appeals review
The Government has resisted pressure to bring forward a review on business rate appeals to address persistent problems in the system.
Lord Patten questions council officers' training
Veteran business leaders should be brought in to manage councils, a Tory grandee has suggested.
Lords warn services face ‘evisceration’ without radical change
Lords have warned ministers of the ‘evisceration’ of local government unless funding is overhauled.
Dilnot in hypothecated tax warning
The solution to the social care funding crisis should emerge from general taxation and means-testing reforms instead of hypothecated taxes, Sir Andrew Dilnot has warned.
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.
Raynsford: Planning system not fit for purpose
The UK planning system is ‘not fit for purpose’ and needs reforming in order to be more focused on the interests and wellbeing of citizens, according to a former local government minister Nick Raynsford.
Northants crisis could halt Oxfordshire reorganisation
Plans to reorganise local government in Oxfordshire may be stymied by communities secretary Sajid Javid’s intervention in neighbouring Northamptonshire, senior sources have claimed.
Beecham launches scathing attack on Budget
Former chair of the Local Government Association, Lord Beecham, has launched a scathing attack on chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget plan – arguing it does little to help councils tackle crises in housing, social care and children’s services.
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Call to scrap Barnett formula after Brexit
The controversial Barnett formula should be scrapped following Brexit and replaced with a needs-based funding regime, an influential group of peers has urged.
‘Ludicrous’ current council tax situation needs to be tackled
An ex-chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) has called for a government-commissioned independent review of council tax to address the ‘ludicrous existing situation’.
Integration future called into question
The future of health and social care integration has been called into question after the NHS signalled a major shift towards an increasingly provider-driven system.
Call for licensing committees to be scrapped
Council licensing committees should be abolished and their powers handed to planning experts, a radical new report has suggested.
Authorities must do more to tackle payday loans
One in 10 adults in some local authority areas have sought professional advice over their debt levels, a report has found.
Heseltine sacked over Brexit rebellion
A former cabinet minister who penned an influential report that convinced Whitehall to drive growth in the regions has been sacked as a government adviser.
Labour proposes extra pub protection
A shadow communities minister has called for a change in the law to protect vulnerable pubs.
Council partnership launches property commission
A group of local authorities has together launched a commission to inquire into their new form of property-based public-private partnerships which they believe could generate millions of pounds for frontline services.
Fresh team for homes regeneration
Capita has launched a new team to build on the Government’s national strategy to regenerate housing estates.