Policy

  • BREAKING: Auditor in 'illegal' budget warning

    20 February 2018

    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

    15 February 2018

    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

    13 February 2018

    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

    29 January 2018

    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

    29 January 2018

    Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.


  • New guidance after LEP criticism

    24 January 2018

    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

    24 January 2018

    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

    22 January 2018

    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

    15 January 2018

    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

    11 January 2018

    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

    10 January 2018

    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

    08 January 2018

    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

    21 December 2017

    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

    20 December 2017

    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

    18 December 2017

    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

    23 November 2017

    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

    22 November 2017

    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

    21 November 2017

    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

    13 November 2017

    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

    25 October 2017

    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.