• Levelling up: extreme measures

    19 January 2022

    Dan Peters looks at the list of performance indicators chosen by Government for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and asks just how well is it performing so far.

  • LGA plea for funding certainty

    14 January 2022

    A call for more certainty over future finances for the sector has been made by the Local Government Association (LGA).

  • Tax reforms offer solutions to finance flaws - report

    14 January 2022

    Changes to the current system could resolve issues around sufficiency and unfairness, and support local economies, according to new research commissioned by the Local Government Association.

  • Fund planners to solve housing crisis - Lords

    07 January 2022

    Peers have said council planning departments must be better resourced to prevent an ‘emerging crisis’.

  • Omicron wave hits council services

    04 January 2022

    Staff shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are taking their toll on council services around the country.

  • Royal recognition for LGA

    04 January 2022

    Senior figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) have received awards in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

  • Care chief asks if hospitality staff could help tackle social care crisis

    23 December 2021

    A former president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has asked if the COVID-hit hospitality sector could release staff to tackle the crisis in social care.

  • Tackling skills and supply deficits

    14 December 2021

    More than half of councils are reporting disruption to their services due to not having the right staff. Ian Thompson looks at how local government can deal with skills and supply deficits.

  • Local audit’s perfect storm

    08 December 2021

    The chair of the Public Accounts Committee has suggested the volume of late audits means Whitehall is ‘flying blind’ on council finances. Will the situation improve any time soon and how concerned is the sector? Naomi Larsson reports.

  • Empowering engagement: The future of Council Tax collection post-pandemic

    06 December 2021

    Stephen Johnson looks at some steps councils can take to help build a next-generation service to effectively collect revenue and recover debt, whilst supporting wellbeing.

  • LGA concerns over devolution approach

    02 December 2021

    Senior figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) have raised concerns about Westminster’s approach to devolution.

  • Social care White Paper ‘set up to fail’

    01 December 2021

    The local government sector has praised the ambition of the long-awaited adult social care reform White Paper, but warned it will not succeed without funding to meet current demand.

  • Halting a rise in hatred

    01 December 2021

    What can be done to deter incidents of abuse and harassment of local politicians, and to sanction those responsible? Ann McGauran reports.

  • Reasons to be cheerful

    01 December 2021

    The MJ and Penna’s annual survey of council chief executives reveals resilience and the ability to adapt have become reasons for the sector to celebrate, yet respect and recognition outside the sector is still lacking. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Searching for council superstars

    01 December 2021

    The Local Government Association’s prestigious annual competition putting the sector’s top talent to the test – The Local Government Challenge – is set to return in 2022. Michael Barrett and Virginia Ponton set the scene.

  • Youth justice needs a redesign

    25 November 2021

    A shocking television exposure of aggressive staff behaviour towards children at the Medway Secure Training Centre should have been a watershed moment, but five years on this is still not the case, says Charlotte Ramsden.

  • Slough goes back to basics for financial health

    24 November 2021

    There are no quick fixes to Slough’s financial problems, but the council is committed to achieving the improvements residents have every right to expect, says Steve Mair.

  • We will continue to help councils reach their climate action goals

    24 November 2021

    Local Government Association chair Cllr James Jamieson says: 'We were pleased the final text of the Glasgow Agreement recognised the urgent need for multi-level and co-operative action and the important role of local and regional governments.'

  • Council leaders warn HGV driver shortage could hit gritting services

    23 November 2021

    Local authority leaders have warned that the HGV driver shortage might hit gritting services this winter.

  • LGA members accuse CIPFA of 'mission overreach'

    18 November 2021

    Proposed changes to finance rules have provoked anger from the Local Government Association (LGA).