Politics

  • Davis has Pickles for lunch

    23 February 2018

    Former communities secretary Eric Pickles was rather fond of a free lunch.


  • Melting rivalry

    23 February 2018

    Local government secretary Sajid Javid and his shadow Andrew Gwynne are bitter political rivals.


  • Gwynne calls for commissioners to take over Northamptonshire CC

    23 February 2018

    Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has urged his political rival Sajid Javid to send commissioners into crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC.


  • Fitzgerald to be on bail for a year

    23 February 2018

    Four men, including Liverpool City Council boss Ged Fitzgerald, will have been on bail for a year when they next have to report to police.


  • Greens call for council tax and business rates reform

    22 February 2018

    Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, has called for a replacement of the current system of council tax and reform of business rates.


  • Gwynne calls for answers on 'fiasco' settlement

    21 February 2018

    Andrew Gwynne has called for Whitehall to outline how it will ensure the provisional finance settlement does not need to undergo last-minute corrections again.


  • Honesty is still the best policy

    20 February 2018

    Heather Jameson says those involved in the provisional local government finance settlement cover-up seemed to be more interested in remaining ‘blame free’ than resolving the matter.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Finance cover-up exposed

    20 February 2018

    Key Whitehall departments involved in attempt to bury changes to provisional finance settlement data.


  • 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.


  • Simmonds could face challenge from county leader

    20 February 2018

    Smith Square’s Conservative group leader, Cllr David Simmonds, is facing a potential leadership challenge from a county council leader, The MJ understands.


  • LGA urged to act on LOBO loans

    15 February 2018

    Campaigners have called for Smith Square to investigate and pursue the brokers, banks and advisers ‘complicit in the misselling’ controversial Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loans.


  • Raft of cuts after first Section 114 in almost 20 years

    14 February 2018

    The stark reality of the financial cliff-edge facing Northamptonshire CC has this week been revealed by its budget plan.


  • Council investment after inadequate rating

    12 February 2018

    Gloucestershire CC has invested in staff, casework reduction and administration amid warnings the pace of improvements to its children’s services is too slow.


  • Labour looks to overhaul 'not fit for purpose' council tax

    12 February 2018

    Labour is considering a range of options to fund local authorities as part of an overhaul of a council tax system ‘not fit for purpose,’ the shadow communities secretary has said.


  • Sunak steps up pressure on peer challenge

    09 February 2018

    New local government minister Rishi Sunak has said Whitehall is 'very keen' that every council hosts a corporate peer challenge.


  • Javid and Gwynne clash over finance settlement

    07 February 2018

    Communities secretary Sajid Javid clashed today with his Labour rival Andrew Gwynne over errors in the provisional settlement as he saw off a threatened rebellion.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised

    06 February 2018

    One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.


  • Tory MP in call for Northamptonshire governance changes

    06 February 2018

    A Northamptonshire MP has called for the immediate abolition of the county council’s cabinet and its replacement with a committee-led system of governance.


  • Gwynne moves to soothe Labour tensions

    06 February 2018

    Shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne has moved soothe Labour tensions in the wake of Haringey LBC leader Claire Kober’s decision to quit.


  • Lord Porter gives the gift of time

    05 February 2018

    Too often we lament our hectic lives – usually while simultaneously getting the kids ready for school, washing up, putting the bins out, filing our tax return, eating breakfast with one hand and de-icing the windscreen with the other.