The mayoral question
With just a week to go until residents in six regions take to the polls, Professor Andy Pike looks at the international evidence and warns the case for metro mayors risks becoming an article of faith rather than of fact.
The sector must be heard
Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.
‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
No proof directly-elected mayors will be a success
There is little evidence that directly-elected mayors will boost economic growth, bolster local democracy or provide authoritative leadership, according to a regional development expert.
‘Give NI councils powers to do their jobs’
Northern Irish councils should be given the ‘power and the resources to do the job’ while Stormont’s political parties continue to row, a key figure in the province has argued.
Cock-up or conspiracy: the impact of the General Election
Jonathan Carr-West looks at the possible implications June's General Election could have on next week's local elections.
Business rates retention future 'unclear'
A think-tank has questioned whether plans for 100% business rates retention will make it back onto Parliament’s agenda after the General Election.
4 Wheel Drive Woman on . . . the General Election
No Tarquin, a snap election doesn’t mean it is exactly the same as last time.
UC rollout: pause needed
Councils have called for a ‘longer pause’ in the rollout of Universal Credit amid the emergence of problems with the fundamental design of the programme.
General Election halts Christchurch’s referendum on shake-up
Plans to hold a referendum on local government reorganisation in Christchurch will be delayed following the announcement of a snap General Election.
Election casts doubt on 100% retention plan
Plans to roll out 100% business rates retention from April 2019 have been thrown into the air by the calling of the General Election.
Local democracy 'needs to be revitalised'
A think-tank has published a blueprint for a complete overhaul of local governance in Scotland.
Hands up for greater tenant participation
Calum Davidson explains why tenant participation should be higher on chief executives’ agendas and how injecting a lick of youthful dynamism into council workforces can help to reinvigorate communities.
The foundation for a new people-centric outlook
Reviewing a book, John Tizard explains why public services cannot be modelled on the business sector, but should be responsive to service users and communities.
Health devo put on hold but not dropped
Plans for further health devolution in London have been put back again, but not been dropped, according to sources close to the deal.
Think-tank calls for fiscal devolution
Council tax and business rates in Scotland should be devolved in full to local authorities, a think-tank has argued.
Brexit: The next chapter for local government
The prime minister triggered Article 50 last week, firing the UK into one of the most crucial periods of its modern history. Mark Conrad investigates the risks and opportunities for local government as the country negotiates its exit from the EU
Bold new mayors will have the power to make a stand
Paul Wheeler says elected mayors in the US are standing firm against the president's policies. Will new mayors in the UK show a similar defiance?
Council for the North 'vital for regional strategy’
Fresh calls have been made for a ‘mezzanine tier of government’ across the North to make major strategic decisions.
What’s the right message?
Authorities flouting rules restricting the publication of town hall freesheets are in danger of creating their own echo chambers and undermining local democracy, as Claire Fox explains.