Michael Gove

  • Time for a change (again)?

    01 December 2021

    Levelling up secretary Michael Gove’s hints that local enterprise partnerships are ‘under review’ reminds Michael Burton of how governments cannot resist the temptation to reorganise


  • EXCLUSIVE: Districts in county deals warning

    30 November 2021

    District council leaders have warned county deals will fail unless local government secretary Michael Gove gives them an equal role in devolution.


  • Starmer names Nandy new shadow levelling up secretary

    30 November 2021

    Former shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy has been named the new shadow levelling up secretary in Sir Keir Starmer’s latest reshuffle.


  • Liverpool 'fails to grasp' the significance of intervention, commissioners claim

    25 November 2021

    Liverpool City Council’s intervention team found a lack of competence and capacity, and a failure by senior officers to grasp the seriousness of the situation, their first letter detailing their progress said.


  • CCN conference: LEPs look set to be scrapped

    22 November 2021

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) look set to be scrapped after levelling up secretary Michael Gove indicated his preference for a more accountable system to the County Councils’ Network conference today.


  • Gove backs Housing First

    22 November 2021

    New communities secretary Michael Gove has indicated his support for the rolling out of Housing First.


  • Gove warned of climate change floods risk

    22 November 2021

    Local government secretary Michael Gove was today urged to align UK housing policy with climate change.


  • Michael and the Medici

    17 November 2021

    Intriguing intelligence has emerged from Westminster suggesting new communities secretary Michael Gove is gaining inspiration for his levelling up plans from an distant historical source.


  • Doubt over future of 75% rates retention under Gove

    09 November 2021

    New local government secretary Michael Gove has indicated that 75% business rates retention could be a casualty of levelling up plans.


  • Government tight-lipped on Thanet response

    08 November 2021

    The Government has refused to disclose how it is responding to long-standing issues at Thanet DC following a request to intervene from its leader.


  • DLUHC PPS reappointed after sacking

    04 November 2021

    Cabinet minister Michael Gove’s Parliamentary private secretary (PPS) has been reappointed hours after being sacked for abstaining on plans to overhaul the disciplinary process for MPs.


  • Hybrid hopes raised by Gove

    25 October 2021

    Hopes that the Government will change the law to allow hybrid meetings have been raised by an intervention from new secretary of state Michael Gove.


  • Gove in major review of new department

    25 October 2021

    A wide-scale review of every single programme is underway at the new Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), The MJ understands.


  • Gove: My most exciting job yet

    21 October 2021

    New communities secretary Michael Gove has argued that the renaming of his department is a ‘sign of confidence in local government’.


  • Gove: Planning reform not off the agenda

    21 October 2021

    New housing secretary Michael Gove has warned councillors that the idea of reforming the planning system was ‘not at all’ off the agenda.


  • Devolve powers to level up

    20 October 2021

    The panel brought together by the Centre for Progressive Policy think-tank agreed local government needed more powers to make the agenda a success.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Gove to be quizzed on councillor security

    19 October 2021

    MPs are to question local government secretary Michael Gove on the security of councillors following last week’s fatal attack on MP David Amess.


  • Pressure rises on Gove to build social housing

    19 October 2021

    Pressure was this week mounting on new housing secretary Michael Gove to ramp up the building of social homes amid predictions of growing homelessness.


  • Letting the poppies bloom

    13 October 2021

    Heather Jameson says the Conservative conference has put levelling up and skills front and centre, but voters may be looking for a short-term fix.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils brace themselves for local government exit pay cap

    12 October 2021

    Councils are bracing themselves for the return of exit pay cap proposals as Whitehall officials draw up plans specific to the sector.