Local Government Association
Birmingham denies Rogers in line for £500k exit package
Birmingham City Council has denied that outgoing chief executive Mark Rogers is in line for a £500,000 payoff .
Specialist needs migrant children ‘can leave councils with £90k gap’
Councils can face a funding gap of up to £90,000 for unaccompanied child migrants with specialist needs, town halls have warned.
Council U-turn expected over unitary referendum plans
Lincolnshire CC has backtracked on the idea of a unitary referendum after objections from the districts.
‘Unfair’ grant allocation fails to meet ‘need’ factor
The Government’s explanation for how it allocated £300m of transitional grant is ‘wafer thin,’ critics claimed this week after a National Audit Office (NAO) probe was finally published.
EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall-backed leadership drive latest austerity casualty
A ‘powerful’ new leadership offer for local government backed by No 10 is the latest casualty of shifting Whitehall priorities, The MJ can reveal.
PAC chair to address The MJ’s spring forum
The chair of the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee is a keynote speaker at The MJ Future Forum which takes place in Hertfordshire next month.
Javid ignores calls for more council funding
Whitehall has ignored local government’s calls for new council funding in 2017/18, leaving senior sector figures ‘hugely disappointed’.
Call for IR35 delay
Senior local government personnel have urged Whitehall to delay the introduction of strict new anti-tax avoidance rules for public sector contractors.
LGA: Council tax rises will not stop deep cuts
Council tax rises designed to tackle the social care funding crisis will not prevent deep cuts to other local public services, town halls have warned.
Shapps wades into revaluation row
A former local government minister has waded into the ongoing row over business rates revaluation.
£40m for CSE not enough - councils
Councils have warned a £40m package of Government measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, is not enough.
Nikileaks spills the beans
Sometimes things happen in politics that are so absurd they don’t seem believable enough for fiction.
MPs say ‘no’ to rates levy spend for housing
MPs have rejected calls to allow the infrastructure levy to be spent on housing under 100% business rates retention.
Hodge denies pilot deal to drop tax referendum
Surrey CC leader David Hodge has batted away claims his authority was offered a business rates pilot in return for dropping its council tax referendum.
Council to move parks to trust
Newcastle City Council has announced plans to transfer the management of its parks to a charitable trust.
Councils call for academy intervention powers
Councils have called for new powers to help transform struggling academy schools.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s make or break time’ - annual finance survey
Results of the latest LGiU/The MJ annual finance survey lead to stark warnings on the fiscal future of local government.
Porter: Local government threw devolution back in ministers' faces
The country’s most influential council leader has proclaimed that ‘devolution is dead’ and suggested local government is to blame.
Channelling anxiety for good
More than a quarter of young people feel their ability to shape their own future is slipping away. Claire Fox argues they should empower themselves with genuine political engagement
LGA raps discount lending plan
Current Whitehall plans to offer £1bn of discounted lending to councils would have a ‘positive but marginal impact’ on infrastructure investment, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.