• SOLACE Summit: Councils are at back of austerity queue

    17 October 2018

    Councils are at the ‘end of the queue’ when it comes to receiving funding from the Treasury, the chief executive of Brighton & Hove Council has said.

  • Politics may be coming home

    17 October 2018

    Local government had a ‘pretty good showing’ during the party conferences says Dr Jonathan Carr-West. He hopes it could be the start of a much-needed public debate on the local state

  • Casey: Involve councils in sorting Universal Credit

    16 October 2018

    Whitehall must use the expertise of councils to sort out Universal Credit (UC), a former senior Government adviser has told The MJ.

  • Leader threatens legal challenge over tunnel

    15 October 2018

    Thurrock Council’s leader has threatened a judicial review of Highways England’s plan for a Lower Thames Crossing.

  • McVey: Some people will be worse off under Universal Credit

    12 October 2018

    Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has admitted that some people will be worse off as a result of the introduction of Universal Credit (UC).

  • Bradley praises council efforts in 'challenging landscape'

    11 October 2018

    Northern Ireland’s secretary of state today emphasised her commitment to restoring devolution and praised the effort made by local government in drawing up City Deals.

  • Strictly housing

    10 October 2018

    Theresa May has lifted the cap on how much councils can borrow against their Housing Revenue Account assets – but more problems lie ahead, says Heather Jameson

  • Isle of Wight open to new devolution deal after Government rejection

    08 October 2018

    A senior Isle of Wight councillor has warned the island will ‘not be bounced into new arrangements’ after Whitehall ditched plans for a combined authority.

  • One conference with two messages

    03 October 2018

    Two events run simultaneously at the Conservative Party conference, says Michael Burton. At the main hall plenaries 'all is rosy' , while the 'real world' makes an appearance at the 300 or so fringe sessions.

  • Seeing the light on fiscal devolution

    03 October 2018

    Boris Johnson has had an epiphany, according to Heather Jameson. While his Conservative Party conference ‘fringe’ session was dismissed as a bit of a damp squib, he has seen the light on fiscal devolution to councils.

  • Peers call on Liverpool to improve politics

    26 September 2018

    Councillors in Liverpool City Council need to improve the way its politics are played out in the council chamber, its latest peer review has found.

  • ‘Tis the season

    26 September 2018

    As conference season takes shape, LGA chair Lord Porter looks at the critical issues currently facing local government he is hoping will take centre stage

  • Party conferences – big on ideas, small on detail

    26 September 2018

    Party conferences can be odd affairs for local government, says Heather Jameson

  • Labour would rewrite the Treasury rules

    24 September 2018

    A Labour government would end ‘Treasury bias against investing in the regions’ by ripping-up the Green Book which determines how public money is spent, the shadow chancellor has said.

  • Leaders accuse Government of destroying 'social contract'

    21 September 2018

    Senior Labour local government figures will launch a Councils Against Austerity campaign next week’s party conference.

  • Capacity stretched at 'can do' council

    19 September 2018

    Capacity at a ‘can do’ council is stretched and staff are under real pressure, a Local Government Association (LGA) peer review has found.

  • Local politicians breaking through

    19 September 2018

    The pending party conference season is likely to be a savage one, with a summer of simmering discontent in the major parties and an anger among the Lib Dems about their disappearance from political debate. Northern Ireland is regressing to the politics of past hatreds. Even the normal hegemonic SNP is not immune, with major ructions between past and present leaders. Expect some angry scenes on the conference floor.

  • Council leader faces opposition to chief executive choice

    11 September 2018

    Lancashire CC’s leader is seeking to push through his preferred candidate for chief executive in the face of criticism from the Labour opposition.

  • Councillors welcome delay to Labour democracy review

    10 September 2018

    Councillors have welcomed a Labour Party decision to postpone the local government side of its democracy review amid concerns that some proposals were ‘completely unworkable’.

  • Burnham: Devolution is our best hope

    06 September 2018

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has argued that devolution ‘offers the best hope of making Brexit work for the regions and uniting our uncertain nation’.