Rural-London clash over fair funding
London Councils is expected to clash with rural authorities over the upcoming fair funding review.
We must not be passive spectators of Brexit negotiations
The 'B' word will never be far from our lips in 2018. John O'Brien calls on the sector to take these opportunities to shape and influence the future.
EXCLUSIVE: Government knew provisional settlement was wrong
Whitehall officials rushed out the provisional local government finance settlement days before Christmas despite knowing the figures it was based on were wrong, The MJ has learnt.
Kober amendment secures Westminster support
Westminster City Council has insisted it fully supports plans for a London-wide business rates retention pilot, but welcomed the addition of a two-year break clause.
Work with housing associations to build more homes, councils told
Local authorities need to push for partnerships with housing associations in order to tackle the housing crisis, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing stressed today.
'We're learning from your mistakes', GM tells London
Greater Manchester is learning from the mistakes of the capital, the leader of Trafford MBC has said.
London expecting fiscal devolution announcement 'soon'
A senior London councillor has suggested the city is on the verge of striking a new fiscal devolution deal.
Five ways London boroughs are embracing digital
The London Ventures programme brings the private, public and third sector together to share fresh digital ideas and projects, as Cllr Fiona Colley explains
Looking out for London
Cllr Claire Kober outlines London Councils’ main asks as we hurtle towards the Autumn Budget next week.
Theo Blackwell: We can make London the world's leading smart city
London’s first chief digital officer, Theo Blackwell, sets out how he plans to work with the London boroughs to boost digital leadership, establish digital foundations and act as a digital ambassador.
John O'Brien: Tough times can loosen the bonds of partnership
John O'Brien writes ahead of the Autumn Budget and tomorrow's official signing of the next stage of health and care devolution in London
Health and social care devo deal confirmed
National and local leaders will today sign a ‘landmark’ devolution deal for health and social care in London.
Government housing need model 'too simplistic'
Councils have criticised the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) standard model for calculating their housing need as ‘too simplistic’.
Kober reselected for Haringey seat
The chair of London Councils and leader of Haringey LBC has fought off a challenge from Labour activists to keep her council seat.
New novel’s a Ware treat
Keen-eyed readers will remember that, some time ago, Diary revealed to the local government world that London Councils director of finance, Guy Ware, leads a double life as a writer of fiction.
Rates pilots fuelling fears of two-speed ‘unfair’ approach
The County Councils’ Network (CCN) has warned the Government’s approach to the business rates retention pilots risks fuelling fears of a ‘two-speed and unfair approach’.
Kids’ services costs are creating ‘unsustainable overspends’
London Councils has told the Government that rising children’s services pressures are forcing councils to overspend to an unsustainable degree.
Gauke: Universal Credit rollout going to plan
Work and pensions secretary David Gauke has told MPs that the rollout of Universal Credit (UC) is ‘proceeding to plan, gradually and sensibly’ despite mounting concerns.
Homelessness strategy needs urgent repair
Ahead of the London Councils Summit in November, Sir Steve Bullock outlines the capital’s homelessness crisis, while Cllr Peter John and Cllr Sean Anstee examine what unites the UK’s cities.
Financial fears grow in face of UC rollout
Pressure was this week piled on ministers as they vowed to push ahead with the troubled Universal Credit (UC) rollout.