• MPs urge Oldham to act after damning review

    05 July 2022

    MPs have urged Oldham MBC to act against current or former staff members who failed in their duty to protect vulnerable children from sexual exploitation.

  • Assessing Prevent

    04 May 2022

    The voices of Prevent’s detractors have become louder. But, for those with experience of the initiative within local government, cutting councils out of the loop will fail to solve the problems. Paul Marinko reports.

  • Anderson no longer faces Operation Sheridan investigation

    21 April 2022

    Former mayor of Liverpool City Council, Joe Anderson, is no longer under investigation by Lancashire Constabulary – but still faces a Merseyside police inquiry.

  • The great rebuild

    20 April 2022

    With local elections just around the corner, Jonathan Carr-West fears we are in a dangerous moment for democratic engagement and the process of rebuilding trust must start locally.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Council sacked director over 'vexatious and malicious' police report

    19 April 2022

    Thanet DC sacked its director of corporate governance and monitoring officer after he submitted ‘vexatious and malicious’ allegations about a senior colleague to the police, The MJ can reveal.

  • Sacked director to face no further action from police

    19 April 2022

    A South Somerset DC director sacked after allegedly using furloughed council staff to work on her private vineyard will face no further action from police.

  • Bringing drug debt into the spotlight

    15 March 2022

    To coincide with National Child Exploitation Awareness Day, Waltham Forest LBC is releasing a powerful training video about drug debt produced by its children’s service and local young people. Daniel Phelps explains.

  • New interim chief to look at council property decisions

    23 February 2022

    Haringey LBC’s new interim chief executive will review how the council makes decisions on property and acquisitions amid a police probe.

  • Minister eyes council intervention

    02 November 2021

    The Northern Ireland communities minister has said she will not hesitate to intervene in troubled Mid and East Antrim BC.

  • Forbes: We need a new crime to tackle rising abuse

    21 October 2021

    The leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Labour group has called for the intimidation and harassment of public officials to be made a specific crime.

  • Facing down a perfect storm of violence

    10 August 2021

    This summer will be one of the most challenging local councils have faced when it comes to bearing down on violent crime and its devastating consequences says Cllr Jas Athwal. He looks at how London boroughs are tackling the issue.

  • We’re in this for the long haul

    02 August 2021

    Six years on from the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, council leader Cllr Chris Read says Government must support local authorities in the fight against abuse. But his organisation is ‘not waiting for national improvements’.

  • Time to ditch the Assembly

    30 June 2021

    After 21 years, Richard Stokoe argues that the London Assembly is failing in its duty to hold the Mayor of London to account. Borough leaders, he claims, would make a better replacement.

  • Call for 'radical system change' after children's home claims

    09 June 2021

    A charity chief has called for ‘radical system change’ after whistleblowers claimed youngsters with autism were ‘abused’ and mistreated at a Cardiff children’s home.

  • Queen's speech: PM's 'live local and prosper' promise

    09 May 2021

    Levelling up, boosting the economy and backing the NHS are set to be the priorities for Tuesday’s Queen’s speech.

  • Police investigate children's homes after suspensions

    13 April 2021

    Police are investigating the closure of two Doncaster-based children’s homes suspended by Ofsted amid safeguarding concerns, The MJ has learned.

  • Liverpool looks to the future

    30 March 2021

    Chief executive of Liverpool City Council Tony Reeves talks to Heather Jameson about the damning Caller report that followed the arrest of former Mayor Joe Anderson, and insists the council is addressing its weaknesses.

  • Leading through a most peculiar crisis

    29 March 2021

    Strategic director of communities and reform at Oldham MBC Rebekah Sutcliffe looks at the impact of the pandemic on local leadership and integrated partnership working.

  • Limited government intervention is good outcome, says Liverpool chief

    29 March 2021

    A limited intervention at Liverpool City Council – rather than the full takeover that was expected – is a good outcome for the city, chief executive Tony Reeves has told The MJ.

  • Liverpool director dismissed

    23 March 2021

    The director of regeneration at Liverpool City Council, Nick Kavanagh, has been dismissed ‘with immediate effect’.