• Councils looking after record 576,000 children with SEND

    13 June 2024

    Councils are looking after record numbers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Pondering productivity

    11 June 2024

    When councils are being asked to finalise productivity plans, the sight of a Royal Mail employee delivering the writ for the election reminds Ian Miller that 'Westminster and Whitehall still have something to learn from local government about efficiency and productivity'.

  • LGA backs regeneration funding campaign

    10 June 2024

    A campaign to persuade the Treasury to change tack on regeneration funding is gaining momentum.

  • UKMBA still reliant on LGA

    10 June 2024

    The UK Municipal Bonds Agency (UKMBA) remains dependent on support from the Local Government Association (LGA), according to its latest accounts.

  • Let's start again

    07 June 2024

    The next government will have to reset the relationship with councils and establish an equal partnership between local and national government, says Cllr Kevin Bentley.

  • Nine in 10 councils back net zero duty

    05 June 2024

    Almost nine in 10 councils have backed the introduction of a statutory net zero duty.

  • Time to all pull together for a joined-up future

    05 June 2024

    Camden LBC leader Georgia Gould – the Labour candidate for Maida Vale and Queen’s Park - wants stabilised funding and central, regional and local government pulling together in the same direction. Heather Jameson says: 'Is it too much to ask?'

  • Climate action: Give us the tools so we can get the job done

    03 June 2024

    Cllr Dr Pete Sudbury says councils are the best bodies for delivering local climate action. He calls on the next government to empower them to get on with the task.

  • Growth at heart of LGA White Paper

    03 June 2024

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for powers and funding so that councils can take a leading role in driving inclusive growth.

  • The MJ Comment: Election starting pistol shoots down all action

    28 May 2024

    Too much of the everyday process of running the country gets paused while national politicians court the electorate, says Heather Jameson. 'Is this really the best way to run the country in the 21st century?'

  • Labour set to build like it’s 1945

    28 May 2024

    As the General Election race kicks into gear, Labour hopes its new towns policy will prove the solution to Britain’s housing crisis. Paul Marinko analyses local government’s hopes and concerns with the party’s plan.

  • Building the pillars of wisdom

    28 May 2024

    It’s the penultimate challenge for the contestants of this year’s Local Government Challenge. Their brief: to tackle deprivation and inequality through Waltham Forest LBC’s Stronger Communities strategy. Bekah Carrington explains.

  • LGA axes conference due to election clash

    24 May 2024

    The Local Government Association has officially cancelled its annual conference after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the General Election that clashed with the event.

  • A response to the housing challenge you can bank on

    21 May 2024

    Cairistine Foster-Cannan explains how the East of England Local Government Association’s Talent Bank is expanding its offering to provide expertise on a wide variety of housing issues.

  • Suite support from the LGA

    21 May 2024

    Cllr Abi Brown highlights the range of support services offered by the Local Government Association to ensure councils have the right elements in place to be well-run authorities.

  • Truths and consequences behind LURA

    21 May 2024

    The Levelling Up and Regeneration Act finally made it into the statute book, but a raft of big ticket items have yet to be implemented. Will it survive a Starmer Government? Martin Ford reports.

  • Tackling ‘tumbleweed’ towns

    21 May 2024

    Baroness Sharon Taylor looks at how to negotiate the barriers facing councils aiming to revitalise their high streets.

  • Could the beating stick be used to point out councils’ efficiencies?

    15 May 2024

    While local government focuses on the stick used to beat it, where is the carrot?, asks Heather Jameson. 'What if councils embraced a little transparency and used this new data to create their own stories?'

  • Don’t squeeze out the trust

    13 May 2024

    The sector had a responsibility to speak out against a national newspaper article that turned data published by Oflog into a purported council league table, says Gavin Jones.

  • The time for answers

    07 May 2024

    Last week, The Times used Oflog data to produce league tables, realising local government’s fears over the new watchdog. Local Government Association chair Shaun Davies details his concerns.