Local Government Association
Fuller beats Saint to DCN role
South Norfolk DC leader, Cllr John Fuller, has thrashed his rival in the two-horse race to become the chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN).
Carter vs Simmonds: Why I want to be LGA Tory leader
Local Government Association Conservative Group leadership candidates, Kent CC leader Paul Carter and Hillingdon LBC deputy leader David Simmonds, outline their top priorities.
Councils to 'save millions' after audit procurement changes
Councils expect to save millions following changes to the audit procurement process.
We can help you achieve your objectives, Westminster
Jo Miller looks at the current state of the state and argues local government could make best use of the public purse because it understands the unintended consequences of Westminster policies.
‘Financially challenged’ councils set for fresh sustainability audit
Local government figures have welcomed news that auditors will hold a fresh inquiry into the financial sustainability of councils.
Lord Porter unopposed as LGA chairman
Chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Porter, will remain in post unopposed for another year.
Food for thought
Jane Marcroft looks at the third stage of this year’s Local Government Challenge, the tasks of which had something of a culinary flavour.
Fuller and Saint in running to replace Clarke
Two senior Conservatives have emerged as the front-runners to replace Cllr Neil Clarke as chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN).
Corridors of Power
The Cabinet Secretary has dozed off in front of Theresa May’s interview with Jeremy Paxman and had a strange dream welcoming the next Prime Minister…
We need to get our foot in the door of Number 10
Lord Porter calls on the sector to ensure, whoever is next in No.10, that it gets its foot in that door.
The beating heart of politics now rests in the suburbs and shires
In spite of the urban centres growing in population, we will see a transfer of political representation from the towns to the shires on an unprecedented scale from 2018 onwards, claims Paul Wheeler.
Sector braced for 4% hike in pay bill
Local government employers are preparing for an overall increase in the national local government pay bill of up to 4.16%, The MJ understands.
Two sign up to pensions investment transparency codes
Two of the biggest asset managers have signed up to a new transparency code designed to reveal the full cost of town hall pension investments.
LGA opts for carrot over stick after publication call
The Local Government Association (LGA) has batted away an independent call to publish a list of councils that have not yet engaged with sector-led improvement.
Rates relief guidance finalised
Whitehall guidance on its latest business rates relief plan has finally been delivered to councils, allowing town halls to adjust bills for many small businesses.
House and Sykes battle for LGA role
A council leader will battle it out with a backbench councillor to lead the Lib Dem group at the Local Government Association (LGA).
Authority vows to improve following peer review
Winchester City Council has promised swift implementation of an improvement plan – including a review of its political and partnership structures – following a peer review.
Vigilance urged after cyber hack
Councils cannot be complacent and must continue to invest in cyber-security to cope with the sort of attack that paralysed NHS IT systems, experts have warned.
DCLG cuts sector-led improvement grant
The Department for Communities and Local Government will provide a £21m grant for sector-led improvement in 2017/18, it has been confirmed.
Council care homes 'under cloud'
Private care home residents are sustaining the publicly-funded sector which is struggling under a ‘cloud of uncertainty and risk’, research by LaingBuisson has found.