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.
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.