Policy

  • 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.


  • Whitehall urged to scrap apprenticeship target

    01 February 2017

    Whitehall has been urged to scrap its new apprenticeship target for the public sector, a new analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) economic think-tank found.


  • What happens when government loses its corporate memory?

    01 February 2017

    Michael Burton looks at the DCLG's current crop of policies and asks whether the new department is failing to learn from its past endeavours.


  • Brexit ‘must work for councils’

    01 February 2017

    Prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations must secure beneficial access to the European Union’s key markets or local authorities could suffer, experts have warned.


  • Schemes pressure poorer families

    01 February 2017

    Each new wave of council tax support schemes (CTS) has put a greater burden on low income families, a briefing has found.


  • Court delays councils' Heathrow challenge

    31 January 2017

    An attempt by an alliance of councils to challenge the Government’s backing for a new Heathrow runway must be put on hold, the High Court has ruled.


  • Data sharing systems in need of improvement

    24 January 2017

    Public bodies must improve their data sharing regime to successfully tackle social challenges such as troubled families issues, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has told The MJ.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Lack of confidence in adult social care strategy exposed

    24 January 2017

    The true scale of feeling across local government about the escalating social care crisis is revealed by the results of an exclusive survey.


  • NAO calls for housebuilding to increase

    19 January 2017

    Housebuilding needs to increase across the country as demand continues to outstrip supply, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.


  • ‘Beef up wellbeing boards to aid health and care policy’

    10 January 2017

    Powers should be devolved to ‘beefed up’ health and wellbeing boards to bolster and consolidate leadership and governance, the former president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) has argued.