House of Lords
Dame Louise Casey to get peerage
Dame Louise Casey has been nominated to sit in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer in the latest list released today.
Call for exercise boom to continue
Paralympian champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has made a rallying call for the exercise boom to continue after lockdown.
Combined authority 'spending reserves like it's going out of fashion'
Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s chief executive has expressed doubts about whether his region would be able to cope with a second wave of coronavirus infections.
Lords postal votes criticism rejected
Civil servants have defended the postal votes system in the face of criticism from Lords.
'Voter ID could disenfranchise certain sections of community'
Forcing voter ID could disenfranchise certain sections of the community, a House of Lords select committee has heard.
Brown calls for 'constitutional revolution'
Gordon Brown has called for a ‘constitutional revolution,’ with a series of citizens’ assemblies and a forum for mayors and regional leaders to shape change.
York welcomes House of Lords move suggestion
York City Council has welcomed news that the Government is considering moving the House of Lords to the city.
'Ambitious programme of domestic reform' promised in Queen's Speech
The second Queen’s Speech in almost as many months has promised an ‘ambitious programme of domestic reform’.
Commission in pre-election warning
The difficulties of running well-run elections are increasing, the Electoral Commission has warned as legislation to trigger a pre-Christmas General Election cleared the House of Lords.
Government stands firm after Pickles plea
The Government has said it ‘would not be appropriate’ to pay legal costs to whistleblowers in electoral fraud cases despite a former communities secretary revealing he fought for it to happen.
A timeless debate
House of Lords debates have a reputation for being long and boring.
Pickles: Fraud can change council control
There are still weaknesses in the running of local elections, a House of Lords select committee has heard.
Brum tourist tax call from ex-ministers
Former ministers have called for a tourist tax to be trialled in Birmingham to help fund the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.
Heseltine in call for new department for the regions
A new department for the regions should be established, former deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has argued.
Civil servants argue voter registration overhaul is too expensive
Senior Whitehall officials have told peers simplifying the voter registration system would be too costly.
Bob’s Boris banter
Former head of the civil service and local government stalwart, Lord Kerslake, delivered the recent Chamberlain Lecture in some style, atop of the BT Tower.
Unitaries are the best way to strengthen local government's economic role, says Lord Kerslake
The former head of the civil service Lord Bob Kerslake has come down firmly in favour of unitaries as the best model for a strengthened economic role for local government.
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.