Policy

  • Ringfenced grant will help bridge gap

    14 March 2017

    Failing to acknowledge deprivation levels and the health of the pop-ulation when devising the business rates redistribution formula will amplify inequalities, the chief executive of the Association of Directors of Public Health has warned.


  • ‘Brexit wil make more work for small firms,’ says Javid

    14 March 2017

    Communities secretary Sajid Javid has said the Government will use Brexit to make it easier for small companies to bid for work from local authorities.


  • Devolution damaged by 'endless tinkering'

    14 March 2017

    Regional government has been subject to ‘endless tinkering’ which has damaged effective devolution and Britain’s economic performance, a damning study of Whitehall policy has found.


  • Jones to leave think-tank to work with Clark

    10 March 2017

    The chief executive of the Centre for Cities think-tank, Alexandra Jones, has been hired to head up the Government’s industrial strategy, it was announced today.


  • Tambini to retire in May

    08 March 2017

    Spelthorne BC chief executive Roberto Tambini has announced his intention to retire at the end of May.


  • 'Single highest' council tax rise in decade

    06 March 2017

    England is facing the ‘single highest’ council tax increase in a decade, a new study has revealed.


  • DCN to lobby Whitehall on future of baseline rate

    28 February 2017

    The District Councils’ Network (DCN) will lobby the Government for certainty on the future baseline rate, below which councils will not receive the New Homes Bonus (NHB).


  • MPs urged to examine sector’s finances

    28 February 2017

    The chair of a leading pensions body has called for MPs to examine the local government scheme.


  • STP fears as bosses ‘not confident’ about delivery

    28 February 2017

    Fresh concerns about sustainability and transformation plans (STP) have been raised after a survey found senior council figures lacked the confidence they will deliver on social care.


  • Glasgow plans £30m TIF deal

    21 February 2017

    Glasgow City Council is to develop a £30m tax incremental finance (TIF) package to fund the development of a new innovation district.


  • Business rate reforms 'could be illegal'

    17 February 2017

    Business leaders believe the Government’s planned block on appeals against incorrect rates valuations may be ‘illegal’ and have urged Whitehall to rethink its policy.


  • New burdens doctrine to continue

    15 February 2017

    The new burdens doctrine will continue beyond 2020, the Government has confirmed.


  • The journey is just beginning

    14 February 2017

    In the wake of the recent raft of national policy announcements, Mike Emmerich says it is time for the sector to take firm action and make sure this pivotal moment isn’t lost


  • Learning the lessons of history on housing

    14 February 2017

    By imposing Right to Buy restrictions on local authority housing companies, John O'Brien argues the Government is in danger of choking off a sensible, entrepreneurial and innovative approach to housebuilding.


  • Housing is not a game

    14 February 2017

    Louise Round says preparing local plans feels very much like playing a confusing game - only the mistakes are far more costly than failing to win.


  • Push to pool more assets could lead to LPP expansion

    14 February 2017

    The Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) is open to expanding in order to pool more assets beyond the £14bn already committed, The MJ understands.


  • Authorities seek renewed support for child refugees

    14 February 2017

    Town halls have urged ministers to re-design government support for asylum-seeking children following the Home Office’s surprise decision to drop the Dubs Amendment.


  • EXCLUSIVE: ‘Time to stop the lies’

    14 February 2017

    Key figures call for sector-wide debate on the future of local government amid claims of denials over finances.


  • DoH set to honour cap on care costs

    08 February 2017

    The Department of Health has insisted it will stand by its pledge to cap the costs of care from 2020.


  • Active fund management 'expensive folly'

    02 February 2017

    Active fund management of the local government pension scheme’s (LGPS) assets has been an ‘expensive folly,’ a new report has claimed.