• Gove silent after LGA letter on Oflog

    04 June 2024

    Local Government Association (LGA) leaders have failed to receive a reply from communities secretary Michael Gove to their letter on the controversial council league tables story.

  • Silence is golden

    21 May 2024

    It’s fair to say the Office for Local Government (Oflog) has had a bit of a bumpy ride recently.

  • Could the beating stick be used to point out councils’ efficiencies?

    15 May 2024

    While local government focuses on the stick used to beat it, where is the carrot?, asks Heather Jameson. 'What if councils embraced a little transparency and used this new data to create their own stories?'

  • EXCLUSIVE: Four councils continue to dodge corporate peer challenge

    14 May 2024

    Four councils could be at risk of Government intervention as they dig in over not undergoing a corporate peer challenge (CPC).

  • Oflog league tables journalist defends article

    14 May 2024

    The journalist who wrote the controversial league tables story based on data compiled by the Office for Local Government (Oflog) has defended the article.

  • Don’t squeeze out the trust

    13 May 2024

    The sector had a responsibility to speak out against a national newspaper article that turned data published by Oflog into a purported council league table, says Gavin Jones.

  • The time for answers

    07 May 2024

    Last week, The Times used Oflog data to produce league tables, realising local government’s fears over the new watchdog. Local Government Association chair Shaun Davies details his concerns.

  • After the election, beware of needless reshuffles

    07 May 2024

    Heather Jameson says senior council officers now face a new challenge: 'turning towards new, energised political leaderships with a new set of priorities. Is this invigorating, or exhausting?'

  • EXCLUSIVE: Killian lobbied to halt work with watchdog

    07 May 2024

    Sector figures have been lobbied to withdraw engagement and co-operation with the local government watchdog after a national newspaper used its data to rank councils, The MJ understands.

  • Angry LGA leaders write to Gove over Oflog league table story

    03 May 2024

    The Office for Local Government’s (Oflog) ‘lack of action to correct misleading information’ in rankings compiled by The Times ‘calls into question its ability to inform,’ senior sector politicians have told communities secretary Michael Gove.

  • 'Blunt tool' ranks council finances

    01 May 2024

    Rushcliffe BC is the highest-ranked council in England for finance with Leeds City Council coming bottom, according to metrics.

  • Blunt instrument doesn’t show the whole picture

    30 April 2024

    Heather Jameson says the league tables ministers wanted to avoid are here to stay. 'They will just need to get better at providing a fuller picture.'

  • Gauging the benefit of productivity plans

    30 April 2024

    At the least the new Government requirement for productivity plans will give a platform for authorities to show to their residents, and central government, all they have achieved through improving their efficiency and effectiveness, says Abdool Kara.

  • Local elections: more than just a barometer for Rishi

    23 April 2024

    Local elections do swing with national politics, but the full picture is far more nuanced, says Heather Jameson. 'More so now, as a gaping chasm opens up between the performance of the best and worst local authorities and mayors.'

  • Minister rules out Oflog role on audit

    23 April 2024

    A minister has quashed suggestions oversight of audit should be handed to the Office for Local Government (Oflog).

  • Ministers in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

    16 April 2024

    The letter on councils’ productivity, sent by local government minister Simon Hoare this week, borders on farcical, says Heather Jameson.

  • Oflog should be handed audit oversight, MPs told

    16 April 2024

    The Office for Local Government (Oflog) should be handed oversight of England’s broken audit regime – a role earmarked for the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) - accounting experts have told MPs.

  • Councils should get traffic light grading, say accountants

    02 April 2024

    Oflog should grade councils using a traffic-light-style ranking system, chartered accountants have suggested.

  • Oflog co-design promises have been broken, say councils

    02 April 2024

    Ministerial promises to ‘co-design’ the Office for Local Government (Oflog) with the sector have been broken, councils have claimed.

  • Oflog chair steps down

    26 March 2024

    Lord Morse has announced he is stepping down as interim chair of the Office for Local Government (Oflog)