Political control of our councils matters
Paul Wheeler looks ahead to the elections expected in May and the parties' political prospects – and says that on current polling trends this set should be a good one for the Conservatives.
EXCLUSIVE: Clash over timing of May election counts
Returning officers are on a collision course with police and crime commissioners (PCC) over the timing of counts for the May elections.
Combined authority rejects mayor's power grab
Plans to transfer control of policing to the West Midlands Mayor have been scrapped following a vote by the combined authority.
Finance settlement: Government floats commercialisation crackdown
Whitehall is considering a crackdown on councils that excessively borrow for commercial reasons as it continues to restrict council tax rises.
Police commissioner suspends fire service takeover
Hertfordshire’s police and crime commissioner has halted his proposed takeover of the county’s fire service.
Police 'should charge' for supervising tree protests
Police should be paid for intervening in tree protests in Sheffield, a report has suggested.
Council tax set for biggest rise in 14 years, says CIPFA
Council tax payers face the sharpest rise in their taxes for 14 years, according to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy figures (CIPFA).
Burnham under pressure to limit tax
Greater Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, is under pressure to limit his council tax precept.
Mayors call for end to police cuts
Mayors Andy Burnham and Sadiq Khan have called on chancellor Philip Hammond to end cuts to police or face an escalation in terrorist attacks and other crime across England and Wales.
Harrow's chief executive to take on national role
Harrow LBC’s chief executive Michael Lockwood has been appointed as the first director general of the newly created Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
Commissioner won’t act over contracts investigation
Lancashire’s police commissioner has refused to intervene in an investigation into two councils by his county’s force that has dragged on for over three years.
Dorset residents back reorganisation
Residents in Dorset have given their ‘clear backing’ to changing local government structures with support from three out of four people.
Deal secures health of people in custody
Mitie has signed a £15m joint contract with police and health bosses in Greater Manchester.
Met ‘fails to tackle election fraud at Tower Hamlets’
Tower Hamlets commissioners have expressed their disappointment at the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) failure to tackle election fraud in the borough.
Divided Dorset: ‘Let the public decide,’ says PCC
Dorset’s police and crime commissioner has called for plans to divide his country into two single-tier authorities to be put to the public vote.
Council fights PCC controls
West Sussex CC has pledged to fight plans by the police and crime commissioner (PCC) to take control of the local fire and rescue service.
Historic child sexual abuse investigation launched
Police have launched an investigation into allegations about historic sexual abuse against children in the care of Essex CC.
In the blue light of day
Frances Woodhead examines how devolution will stand up against the demands of the Police and Crime Bill.
IPPR: 'Don't cut councils out of criminal justice system'
Local authorities must not be bypassed by plans to hand greater controls over youth justice and probation services to elected mayors, a leading think-tank has warned.
‘Give us slice of cash from drink sales’
Brighton & Hove City Council has called for public health directors to be given a slice of the £10bn raised every year through drink taxes.