Portsmouth leader 'shocked' at Brexit port funding
The leader of a council covering a ‘vital’ freight port has expressed his shock at the funding allocated to his authority.
District councils are a force to be reckoned with
The DCN's annual conference recently had more than its fair share of cabinet ministers, says Louise Round - and this is proof districts are punching above their weight on housing and growth.
Brokenshire slams door on One Yorkshire plan
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has told regional leaders that their plans for a One Yorkshire metro mayor fails to meet the Government’s devolution criteria.
Brokenshire announces new integration measures
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced new measures to promote integration as the UK moves closer to life outside of the EU.
Brokenshire in trade-offs warning
Local government secretary James Brokenshire has warned that trade-offs will be necessary in the fair funding review.
Gwynne could reverse Northamptonshire reorganisation
Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has suggested a Labour Government could reverse reorganisation in Northamptonshire if his party won a snap General Election.
Brokenshire to intervene over ‘lamentable’ failures to publish local plans
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has written to Wirral MBC and Thanet DC warning them that Whitehall will intervene over their failure to put local plans in place.
Labour calls for NAO to intervene in fair funding review
Labour has called for the National Audit Office (NAO) to vet the outcome of the local government fair funding review.
EXCLUSIVE: Brokenshire gets Brexit breakdown from chiefs
Chief executives have told communities secretary James Brokenshire Whitehall needs to be more joined up between departments and in its communications with councils over Brexit.
MHCLG finds extra £20m for Brexit
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has found an extra £20m to help councils with Brexit after only winning £35m from the Treasury.
Lack of preparation suggests no-deal is a negotiating tool
The Government has hardly bothered to involve local authorities in any serious planning for exiting the EU without an agreement. This suggests two mindsets, according to Mike Burton.
Met councils' chair says proposed changes to funding formula 'grossly unfair'
The chair of the Special Interest Group of Metropolitan Authorities (SIGOMA) has written to James Brokenshire complaining about ‘grossly unfair’ and ‘illogical’ proposed changes to the fair funding formula.
Buckinghamshire districts threaten legal action over unitary plan
Two Buckinghamshire districts have written to the Government warning they could launch legal proceedings over plans to create a single county unitary.
Merseyside combined authority announces first precept
The Liverpool city region combined authority is to levy a council tax precept for the first time.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils warn Whitehall of Brexit risks
Councils this week started to formally inform Whitehall about their Brexit risk assessments amid fears of crime spikes, public demonstrations and food bottlenecks.
Buckinghamshire faces ticking clock to get unitary over the line
Buckinghamshire’s planned unitary council faces a tight schedule to get up and running as it faces continuing opposition from the districts.
EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall to ramp up Brexit engagement
Whitehall is to ramp up the frequency of its engagement with councils on Brexit as the prime minister faces a crunch House of Commons vote.
London Councils forms company to tackle homelessness
A not-for-profit company will be created to provide housing for homeless families in 11 London boroughs.
Councils need more funds for Brexit preparations, Brokenshire warns Treasury
Local government will need more funds to deal with the Brexit fallout, according to a leaked letter penned by communities secretary James Brokenshire.
Brokenshire lifts funding cap as homeless deaths rocket
Housing secretary James Brokenshire lifted the cap on the cold weather fund on the same day it was revealed homeless deaths soared by a quarter.