• This will be a different Conservative Government

    13 December 2019

    Head of local government at Grant Thornton UK, Paul Dossett, says the fact that the Conservative majority has been won by gaining seats in towns in Wales, the Midlands and the north of England will make a difference.

  • Flat profits, but strong order book growth for Balfour Beatty

    12 December 2019

    Construction giant Balfour Beatty is heading for flat profits growth but has expanded its order book, according to a trading update.

  • A delicate climate

    11 December 2019

    As a leading infrastructure, services and regeneration partner ENGIE UK has been helping councils towards their commitments to achieving net-zero carbon emissions ahead of the UK's target date of 2050. Paul Ford explains.

  • Infrastructure roll-out poses 'reputational risk' to Milton Keynes

    04 December 2019

    Milton Keynes councillors have been told the authority faces financial and reputational risk over the roll-out of fibre optic broadband in the town.

  • Harnessing the climate change agenda for our future places

    03 December 2019

    Climate change is a challenge, but the trick will be to harness the agenda to redesign our towns and cities for the future, says Heather Jameson.

  • Time for more than warm words

    27 November 2019

    Bob Neill says the deadlock that has racked Westminster for the last three years means real action is now needed on housing, social care, energy and infrastructure.

  • Spending reductions have ‘taken a toll’

    19 November 2019

    As the General Election campaign moves up a gear, Lord Bob Kerslake says the manifestos should be scrutinised to see if they recognise the need to restore local government funding.

  • We need a sector-wide perspective on PWLB rate increase

    19 November 2019

    The sector might ask itself if a 'small' rate increase in the cost of loans from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) back to 2018 levels was the worst thing that could have happened,says Abdool Kara.

  • What have councils ever done for us?

    06 November 2019

    George Thorley sets the changing structures and responsibilities of local government in both Scotland and England in a historical context – and says councils are best placed to solve national problems.

  • York’s rural champions

    06 November 2019

    North Yorkshire CC has launched an independent rural commission, believed to be the first of its kind, to give a fresh perspective on the challenges faced by its deeply rural communities. Heather Jameson takes a look.

  • Queen's speech: national infrastructure strategy set for revamp

    14 October 2019

    The Queen's Speech has pledged a revamped national infrastructure strategy designed to help support growth across the UK, as well as an aviation bill and proposals for rail reform.

  • Government to intervene over 5G concerns

    14 October 2019

    Ministers are reportedly set to write to planning authorities urging them not to block the introduction of 5G technology.

  • Council chiefs in dark over 5G future, survey finds

    10 October 2019

    Almost half of council chief officers are still unsure whether superfast 5G broadband will arrive in their area according to a survey by The MJ and BT.

  • Growing the grassroots - putting communities at the heart of place-making

    07 October 2019

    Graham Duxbury of Groundwork says a new survey of community groups reveals the gap is growing between local need and the capacity to respond.

  • Javid promises devo White Paper

    30 September 2019

    A new White Paper to devolve more powers to local areas was announced in the Chancellor’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester today.

  • We can't tackle climate change alone

    24 September 2019

    This summer, councillors in Craven voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency – joining a couple of hundred other local authorities across the country.

  • The Treasury needs to take a place-based view

    18 September 2019

    In its latest broadside, the Institute for Government agrees with local government's view that because it is closest to services it is better placed to manage spending more effectively, says Michael Burton.

  • Where next for devolution?

    18 September 2019

    The Government needs to turn its devolution vows into action, by showing that its renewed enthusiasm has solid foundations and is more than 'mere pork barrelling', says Arianna Giovannini.

  • Treasury wasting money in funding of local government - report

    17 September 2019

    The Treasury is wasting money in its funding of local government and needs to have a more place-based focus, according to a report from the respected Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank.

  • A fighting chance to support development

    11 September 2019

    Changes to how the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) can be used came into effect this month - and should give councils better opportunities to deliver infrastructure effectively to support development, say Tiffany Cloynes and Natalie Harries.