BREAKING: Auditor in 'illegal' budget warning
Crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC was this week told to rip up its 2018/19 budget after auditors warned it could be illegal.
STP to ACS to ACO
Diary is used to being kept on its toes by regular acronym changes in local government – but health is even worse for shifting abbreviations.
Council vows to improve 'volatile' relations
Maldon DC has vowed to improve ‘volatile’ relations between members and senior officers after a second peer challenge review identified concerns.
Burnham settles on £7 precept
Greater Manchester’s directly-elected mayor, Andy Burnham, will charge households an average of £7 to deliver his wide-ranging transport and housing plans for 2018/19.
Labour accuses Government of 'holding back' sector
Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.
New guidance after LEP criticism
Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have been handed a new best practice guide as the Government responds to widespread criticism that they lack democratic oversight and accountability.
Place-based policymaking post-Brexit
Professor Gerry Stoker argues that Britain’s challenge post-Brexit requires a new style of national policymaking that breaks with the traditional one-size-fits-all mindset.
Scottish government under pressure over council pay
Scotland’s Government is under pressure to reverse planned council budget cuts after MSPs warned ministers created an ‘expectation’ town hall staff would receive pay hikes.
MPs: Align immigration with needs of local economies
Councils should be placed at the heart of plans to align immigration with the needs of local economies, but must do more to help new arrivals integrate, MPs have reported.
Shadow minister quits after council tax row
A former member of the Communities and Local Government Committee has quit Labour’s frontbench after suggesting the doubling of council tax on more valuable homes.
Call for devolution jump-start after policy stalls
Local government secretary Sajid Javid's latest annual report on devolution has laid bare the extent that the policy stalled in 2016/17.
Javid 'troll' stands down
Sajid Javid can breathe a sigh of relief after keeping his job in prime minister Theresa May’s reshuffle this week.
Metro mayors have key role in health and wealth
Chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, and managing director of consultancy Metro Dynamics, Ben Lucas, on the influence mayors can have.
Councils win high-value home reprieve
Local authorities will not be forced to sell high-value council homes until at least April 2019 after lobbying from the sector.
Combined authority hires ex-Downing Street adviser
A former No 10 policy unit adviser has been hired as West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) director of housing and regeneration.
Homes under the Hammond
Head of news and events for think-tank Localis, Jonathan Werran, looks at what the Budget means for housing.
Budget 2017: Housing Revenue Account cap lifted for some
The Housing Revenue Account cap will be lifted for councils in ‘high-demand areas’ and stamp duty will be scrapped for most first-time buyers, chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Budget speech.
LGA reveals Brexit wish list
The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a definitive wish list of new powers that it wants directly devolved from the EU to the sector post-Brexit.
Slough leader announces independent review into chief's hiring
Slough Council’s under-pressure leader, Cllr Sohail Munawar, has ordered an independent review into the recruitment of a new chief executive and senior officers.
Black: Barclay Review was missed opportunity
Scotland’s Barclay Review into business rates was a ‘missed opportunity’ that did not go far enough, a former chief executive of Glasgow City Council has said.