Brokenshire: 10,000 homes a year
Councils will be able to build up to 10,000 homes a year after prime minister Theresa May scrapped the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing cap, the housing secretary has said.
Brokenshire writes: Lifting the barriers to building
Councils are the ‘sleeping giant’ of our housing system, as James Brokenshire explains, and now is the time to remove the barriers preventing them from delivering the homes their communities need.
Government intervention in Tower Hamlets ends
Government intervention in the running of Tower Hamlets LBC has officially ended.
One conference with two messages
Two events run simultaneously at the Conservative Party conference, says Michael Burton. At the main hall plenaries 'all is rosy' , while the 'real world' makes an appearance at the 300 or so fringe sessions.
One Yorkshire submits devolution plans to Brokenshire
Councils in Yorkshire have made a show of unity in their pursuit of a devolution deal for the region.
A Broken arrangement
When you hear the phrase ‘jumped up little prima donna’ in the context of Good Morning Britain you can be forgiven for leaping to conclusions... Surely it has to be Piers Morgan?
Councillors given devolution warning
The slow pace of the Government’s devolution agenda is having unintended consequences, senior councillors have been told.
Some Broken dreams
Devolution has dropped off the political radar in the last few months, but it’s still an emotional topic for regional leaders.
Rotherham to regain full control of services
All powers are to be returned to Rotherham MBC after three years of Government intervention.
Brokenshire admits knowledge gap
James Brokenshire has admitted the Government does not know the councils that have not undergone a corporate peer challenge.
Social housing paper dismissed as 'small step'
The Government’s long-awaited social housing Green Paper has been dismissed as a ‘small step’ towards improvement by the Conservative-led Local Government Association.
Whitehall attempts to reassure councils on Brexit
Whitehall has insisted it is working to help councils prepare for a hard Brexit despite claims some authorities have been left to fend for themselves.
Peace offerings in wake of reorganisation divisions
Olive branches have been offered up in two areas where relationships have been strained by local government reorganisation.
LEPs in Whitehall engagement warning
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have privately warned Whitehall departments they must improve their engagement if they are to deliver a post-Brexit boost to the UK, The MJ has learnt.
Localis calls for 'big bang' devolution approach
Think-tank Localis has called for a ‘big bang approach’ to recast the relationship between Whitehall and councils.
MPs call for devolution expansion
The current programme of English devolution to combined authorities and mayors should be expanded and greater powers devolved, MPs have said.
Districts push back against county unitary plans
Districts have pushed back against county council plans for local government reorganisation.
Brokenshire 'minded to' end Rotherham intervention
Rotherham MBC is expected to regain control of all its services, local government secretary James Brokenshire has announced.
Brokenshire considering new devolution models
James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.
Brokenshire's 10 minutes of fame
Newish communities secretary James Brokenshire was treated a bit like a celebrity at his first Local Government Association (LGA) conference.