• Hotel levy talks over Commonwealth Games

    16 February 2018

    Talks between Birmingham City Council and the Government over how the Commonwealth Games will be funded are continuing, The MJ understands.

  • Lord Porter gives the gift of time

    05 February 2018

    Too often we lament our hectic lives – usually while simultaneously getting the kids ready for school, washing up, putting the bins out, filing our tax return, eating breakfast with one hand and de-icing the windscreen with the other.

  • Academics highlight recruitment and retention problems

    05 February 2018

    Councils require greater clarity over how their social care market-shaping and commissioning duties should be used to ensure a sustainable workforce, new research has suggested.

  • Judge's warnings over care proceedings

    22 January 2018

    Councils should ‘think long and hard’ before embarking on care proceedings against ‘otherwise unimpeachable’ parents disputing care packages for gravely ill children, a judge has warned.

  • Kerslake: Localism Act not backed by resources

    22 January 2018

    The Localism Act has not been backed up by the resources it needs, according to the civil servant in charge at the time of its implementation.

  • Inspector arrives amid reorganisation pressure

    16 January 2018

    An independent inspector today began investigating Northamptonshire CC’s precarious finances amid fresh signs MPs are pressuring the Government to reorganise the county.

  • Javid sends inspector into Northamptonshire

    09 January 2018

    Local government secretary Sajid Javid has ordered a best value inspection of Conservative-led Northamptonshire CC amid continuing concerns over its financial management and corporate governance.

  • Councils win high-value home reprieve

    20 December 2017

    Local authorities will not be forced to sell high-value council homes until at least April 2019 after lobbying from the sector.

  • Jones in temporary accommodation warning

    13 November 2017

    Local government minister Marcus Jones has warned councils they must notify their peers when placing homeless families in accommodation outside their borders.

  • Councils liable for foster care abuse

    19 October 2017

    Local authorities can be held liable for abuse committed by foster carers even if the authority is not itself at fault, the Supreme Court has said in a milestone ruling.

  • Javid considers gradual introduction of 100% rates retention

    16 October 2017

    The move to 100% business rates retention could happen gradually, communities secretary Sajid Javid has revealed.

  • Westminster considers mansion tax

    02 October 2017

    A voluntary ‘mansion tax’ on properties worth more than £10m is being considered by Westminster City Council.

  • Lambeth concern at public inspection of finances

    27 September 2017

    Lambeth LBC has raised objections with legislation passed in 2014 that allows the public to inspect local government finances.

  • Scots set for new care abuse claims

    27 September 2017

    Scotland’s councils have been warned to brace themselves for a wave of compensation claims from people who suffered abuse as children in local authority care.

  • Javid’s top-to-bottom social housing review

    19 September 2017

    Communities secretary Sajid Javid has launched a green paper on social housing in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

  • Name and shame threat hangs over councils

    15 September 2017

    Councils that fail to get business rates relief schemes in place by the beginning of next month could be named and shamed by the Government.

  • Jones: Government fully committed to rates retention

    14 September 2017

    Local government minister Marcus Jones has insisted the Government is ‘still fully committed to proceeding with’ business rates retention.

  • DCLG ‘light-touch’ fuels homeless rise

    13 September 2017

    Soaring homelessness levels have been described as a ‘national scandal’ after auditors warned ministers were failing to evaluate the impact of their reforms.

  • New care legislation blamed for overspend

    06 September 2017

    Dundee City Council is predicting a £4.2m overspend against its adjusted 2017/18 revenue budget, councillors will hear next week.

  • Councils call for modernisation of taxi laws

    25 August 2017

    Council leaders have demanded a rethink of ‘outdated’ taxi laws to reflect new technology, reduce the risk of child sexual exploitation and improve working conditions.