Central-local relations at 'all-time low' - study
The relationship between Whitehall and councils has broken down, with local leaders feeling ‘disrespected and marginalised,’ according to a think-tank behind a major new report published today.
Redressing the balance
Localis’s report Hitting reset – a case for local leadership puts the argument for a complete transfer of powers from Whitehall to the local state. Ann McGauran reports
Unfreezing social mobility
Social mobility has been stagnating for years, says a new report. How can councils help drive social mobility upwards and reduce levels of income inequality – and what’s holding them back? Ann McGauran reports
Fresh push on apprenticeship levy reforms
A broad coalition to push for more flexibility in the apprenticeship levy could be formed to mark the two-year anniversary of the reforms, The MJ understands.
Spending Review launch dependent on securing Brexit deal
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced he plans to launch a full three-year Spending Review before the summer recess if a Brexit deal is agreed.
Scrutiny chief in failure warning
Failure in local government is likely to become more prevalent in the years ahead due to looming pressures, the chief executive of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) has warned.
Devolution framework to kick-start 'neo-localist' agenda
The Government’s new devolution framework next month will ‘begin a new conversation about our emerging neo-localist agenda,’ communities secretary James Brokenshire has said.
Labour hits out at housing cash shift
Labour has called for all areas to receive greater Government backing after Whitehall shifted the focus of its housing cash.
Budget 2018: Lifting of cap could lead to £15bn extra debt
The abolition of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing cap in this week’s Budget could enable councils to take on up to £15bn in extra debt, according to property adviser Savills.
Reform outsourcing to avoid £30bn bill, think-tank warns
Bringing outsourced services in-house would cost local government billions, a think-tank has calculated.
Researchers to look at '200-mile long Whitehall screwdriver'
Experts have laid out their plans to examine whether the Government’s 20-year-old intervention regime remains fit-for-purpose.
One conference with two messages
Two events run simultaneously at the Conservative Party conference, says Michael Burton. At the main hall plenaries 'all is rosy' , while the 'real world' makes an appearance at the 300 or so fringe sessions.
Making a killing
They’re a tough bunch at the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).
Localis calls for 'big bang' devolution approach
Think-tank Localis has called for a ‘big bang approach’ to recast the relationship between Whitehall and councils.
Power to Change your view
Some say we grow to become the things we disliked as youngsters.
Werran named as Localis boss
Think-tank Localis has named Jonathan Werran as its new chief executive, replacing Liam Booth-Smith who left for a post as special adviser to local government secretary James Brokenshire.
London to get half of £1bn extra housing borrowing
Councils in London will benefit from half of the additional housing borrowing flexibilities despite dominating the list of local authorities with spare headroom, analysis by The MJ has found.
Localis: Council tax restrictions should be eased
Ministers should lift restrictions on council tax increases and let town halls set local taxes for specific services amid snowballing support for some higher contributions, a report has suggested.
Brokenshire appoints Booth-Smith as SpAd
Localis chief executive Liam Booth-Smith has been appointed as a special adviser to local government secretary James Brokenshire.
Localis chief to step down
Chief executive of local government think-tank Localis, Liam Booth-Smith, is to step down to take up a position as director of policy at Policy Exchange.