‘Overlooked’ counties threaten to quit LGA
The Local Government Association (LGA) was this week facing a battle to placate its county membership amid snowballing threats to quit the association.
LGA group exit for Surrey leader
David Hodge has quit as the leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative group following the political furore over the so-called Nickileaks affair.
Top-down plan shot down
Town halls and experts have kicked back at sweeping proposals urging ministers to impose new devolution structures on places that fail to agree them locally.
Devolution damaged by 'endless tinkering'
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.
Budget 2017: Hammond announces £2bn social care cash
Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised additional grant funding of £2bn over the next three years in an attempt to plug England’s social care budget gap.
Capita chief quits as pre-tax profits plunge 33%
The chief executive of outsourcing giant Capita, Andy Parker, has stepped down following a 33% drop in pre-tax profits, which the firm blamed on Brexit.
Heseltine sacked over Brexit rebellion
A former cabinet minister who penned an influential report that convinced Whitehall to drive growth in the regions has been sacked as a government adviser.
Mayor keen to identify officers responsible for cash failures
Bristol mayor Marvin Rees is keen to identify the individuals to blame for the state of the council’s finances, The MJ understands.
Looking to the future
Dan Peters talks to Teresa Pearce about social care, council funding and The Labour Party’s prospects for the future.
The state of our democracy
In his last column for The MJ as chief executive of Swale BC, Abdool Kara addresses the minor issue of the state of our democracy.
Dan Corry looks at potential solutions to reinvesting in the buildings and equipment underpinning the country’s struggling public services.
Is tax policy fit for purpose with our demographic challenges?
Michael Burton looks ahead to next week's Budget, but warns there will be no new money for local government.
Birmingham denies Rogers in line for £500k exit package
Birmingham City Council has denied that outgoing chief executive Mark Rogers is in line for a £500,000 payoff.
Rogers prepares Brum exit
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy had a ‘gun to his head’ before deciding to oust chief executive Mark Rogers, a source has claimed.
Council cuts could scupper transformation
Whitehall’s failure to fund local government could scupper ‘ambitious’ NHS plans to transform health and care, according to a new report by The King’s Fund.
Nikileaks spills the beans
Sometimes things happen in politics that are so absurd they don’t seem believable enough for fiction.
Does anyone care when politicians lose their seats?
Michael Burton reports on a new book which examines how national and local politicians cope with the shock of leaving office.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Time to stop the lies’
Key figures call for sector-wide debate on the future of local government amid claims of denials over finances.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s make or break time’ - annual finance survey
Results of the latest LGiU/The MJ annual finance survey lead to stark warnings on the fiscal future of local government.
Northern leaders call for May to reconsider Brexit 'snub'
Prime minister Theresa May has been urged to visit the north of England for Brexit talks as leaders claimed she was neglecting the region.