Malthouse replaces Raab in reshuffle
Parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, Kit Malthouse, has replaced Dominic Raab as housing minister after his appointment as the new Brexit secretary.
MPs accuse ministry of council funding 'complacency'
The Government has been accused of complacency over the perilous state of council funding
Bridging the political divide
As new communities secretary James Brokenshire makes his maiden speech at this year’s LGA conference, Dr Jonathan Carr-West hopes he can close the divide between central and local government and address the core issues of money, power and geography.
LGA in social rents plea
Ministers should drop plans to ditch social rents from the official definition of affordable homes while Britain continues to struggle to build new council housing, Smith Square has urged.
Risk warning over appeals fund delay
Government plans to introduce the central funding of business rate appeals a year after 75% rates retention pose a ‘significant risk’ for councils, Smith Square has warned.
Communities crucial to Brokenshire
The role of secretary of state for housing, communities and local government covers everything from building regulation to high streets, planning reform to integration.
Hillier laments Whitehall cost shunting
An influential MP has raised concerns about Whitehall cost shunting.
Rise in children's services spending
The amount expected to be spent on children’s social care in 2018/19 is up 6.8% or £542m compared to the figure in 2017/18 budgets, latest figures have shown.
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.
Needs review to decide council tax support
Funding for local council tax support schemes will be considered as part of the review of needs and resources, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has said.
Traffic light ratings 'could destabilise' councils
Districts have warned that ‘naming and shaming’ councils in a vulnerable financial situation using a traffic light rating system would be a ‘blunt instrument’.
Ministers work to maintain European Investment Bank relationship
The Government plans to explore ways the UK can maintain an ongoing relationship with the European Investment Bank (EIB) after Brexit, ministers have said.
The sector’s relationship with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has improved over recent years.
Pressure growing for compensation over banned cladding materials
Pressure is mounting for Government compensation to be paid to buildings containing materials expected to be banned in the wake of the Grenfell fire.
Fresh finance warning for Northamptonshire CC
Northamptonshire CC’s finance director has issued an early warning the county already risks missing key savings targets that enabled it to agree a legal budget.
Borrowing overtakes grant funding for council capital schemes
Borrowing exceeded grant funding for council capital projects in England last year, according to newly-released figures.
£30m cash boost to tackle rough sleepers
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced a £30m cash boost to tackle rough sleepers in the worst hit parts of the country.
Ministry appoints new housing director general
A new director general has been appointed at Marsham Street.
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.
Pensions data improvement drive
Local government pension schemes (LGPS) will be visited next week to be given advice on how to improve the data they collect.