Local Government Association
Rates relief row comes to court
The dispute between councils and NHS trusts over business rates relief has flared up again after proceedings were issued in the High Court.
Sunak: Northamptonshire an exception
No other councils have contacted Whitehall with financial concerns on the scale of Northamptonshire CC, the local government minister has confirmed.
Gwynne calls for answers on 'fiasco' settlement
Andrew Gwynne has called for Whitehall to outline how it will ensure the provisional finance settlement does not need to undergo last-minute corrections again.
EXCLUSIVE: Finance cover-up exposed
Key Whitehall departments involved in attempt to bury changes to provisional finance settlement data.
Simmonds could face challenge from county leader
Smith Square’s Conservative group leader, Cllr David Simmonds, is facing a potential leadership challenge from a county council leader, The MJ understands.
Spending Review to decide bonus future
The future of the New Homes Bonus rests on next year’s departmental spending review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed.
Councils told to improve strategic planning
Cherwell and South Northamptonshire DCs have been told they must improve strategic planning as they intensify their joint working.
Chief's arrival lifts Melton morale
The arrival of a new chief executive at Melton BC has ‘lifted staff spirits and morale,’ a group of Local Government Association peers has found.
LGA urged to act on LOBO loans
Campaigners have called for Smith Square to investigate and pursue the brokers, banks and advisers ‘complicit in the misselling’ controversial Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loans.
Raft of cuts after first Section 114 in almost 20 years
The stark reality of the financial cliff-edge facing Northamptonshire CC has this week been revealed by its budget plan.
Council vows to improve 'volatile' relations
Maldon DC has vowed to improve ‘volatile’ relations between members and senior officers after a second peer challenge review identified concerns.
Sunak steps up pressure on peer challenge
New local government minister Rishi Sunak has said Whitehall is 'very keen' that every council hosts a corporate peer challenge.
Devolution framework 'almost done'
The Government's new devolution framework is 'almost done,' communities secretary Sajid Javid has insisted.
Porter: Play nicely or Government will impose reorganisation
The chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Porter, has warned the sector to 'stop fighting and play nicely' or Whitehall will impose reorganisation.
Javid and Gwynne clash over finance settlement
Communities secretary Sajid Javid clashed today with his Labour rival Andrew Gwynne over errors in the provisional settlement as he saw off a threatened rebellion.
EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised
One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.
Growing our own talent
Cllr Paul Carter and Cllr Kevin Bentley celebrate nine years of the Bruce-Lockhart Scholarship as competition hots up for this year’s LGA Local Government Challenge
Gwynne moves to soothe Labour tensions
Shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne has moved soothe Labour tensions in the wake of Haringey LBC leader Claire Kober’s decision to quit.
Living the legacy of suffrage campaigners
One hundred years after some women on the right to vote, Cllr Marianne Overton and Cllr Lesley Clarke assess how far we have come.
Peer reviews should 'stretch' councils - LGA
Corporate peer challenges (CPC) should ‘stretch’ councils so they get the most out of them, the chairman of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) improvement and innovation board has said.