• Unprecedented joint Spending Review bid floated

    19 August 2019

    An unprecedented joint bid could be made to next year’s Spending Review by Core Cities, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Homes England.

  • Jenrick to check councils' borrowing bids

    19 August 2019

    New local government secretary Robert Jenrick will take a fresh look at councils excessively borrowing for commercial reasons, The MJ understands.

  • Commissioners urge NAO to monitor auditor powers

    19 August 2019

    The National Audit Office (NAO) should monitor auditors’ use of additional powers and use this to produce a report to help identify sector-wide risks and issues, the Government-appointed commissioners overseeing under-fire Northamptonshire CC (NCC) have urged.

  • MHCLG security review after knife attack

    16 August 2019

    Security will be reviewed across the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) estate after one of the department’s officials suffered a knife attack.

  • Councils face more funding uncertainty

    14 August 2019

    ‘Indicative numbers’ for the amount councils will receive in 2020/21 will not be published before next month’s Spending Review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has admitted after it missed a self-imposed deadline.

  • Learning lessons from LEPs

    14 August 2019

    Aileen Murphie examines the role, progress and development of local enterprise partnerships from the eyes of the National Audit Office.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Jenrick pledges to improve Brexit communications

    13 August 2019

    New local government secretary Robert Jenrick has promised to make communication from Whitehall on Brexit more streamlined and clearer than in the past, The MJ understands.

  • Government activates emergency funds for flood-hit councils

    12 August 2019

    Whitehall has activated an emergency fund for councils affected by flooding.

  • Herts and Veolia end incinerator contract

    08 August 2019

    A contract between Hertfordshire CC and Veolia to build an incinerator has been terminated after repeatedly failing to gain planning permission.

  • LGA airs its Brexit fears

    08 August 2019

    New communities secretary Robert Jenrick has attempted to soothe Local Government Association (LGA) Brexit concerns after hearing them directly at a crunch Marsham Street meeting.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Two LEPs still do not have legal personality

    07 August 2019

    Two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have been granted extensions due to ‘exceptional circumstances’ after failing to adopt legal personalities before the April deadline, The MJ has learnt.

  • Put councils at the heart of Brexit planning

    06 August 2019

    As the Government throws money at Brexit preparations, the role of local goverment is still being underestimated, argues Heather Jameson.

  • A stirring Account

    06 August 2019

    And it appears as if the fiction-writing bug has spread to Whitehall too.

  • Jenrick excluded from daily Brexit committee

    06 August 2019

    Concerns have been raised about Marsham Street’s influence on Brexit matters in Whitehall.

  • Using poetic license

    30 July 2019

    There’s a lot that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government does that is difficult to explain.

  • Revolving doors at the ministry

    30 July 2019

    Last week’s reshuffle saw the appointment of the fourth communities secretary since 2015 and the ninth housing minister in eight years as Michael Burton reports

  • LGA: Audit deadline should be pushed back

    29 July 2019

    The July audit deadline should be pushed back to September 30 for future years, the Local Government Association (LGA) has told ministers.

  • Jenrick takes top job at MHCLG

    25 July 2019

    Former Treasury minister Robert Jenrick has been appointed as the new secretary of state at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

  • Cash to be held back from LEPs unless stalemate broken

    24 July 2019

    Boris Johnson’s new ministers will be tasked with ending the stalemate on overlapping local enterprise partnerships (LEP) after a crunch meeting failed to secure a breakthrough.

  • Government: Brum no longer requires children's commissioner

    23 July 2019

    Birmingham City Council no longer requires a Government-appointed commissioner to run its children’s services, the Department for Education (DfE) had announced.