Politics

  • Westminster turmoil piles on uncertainty for sector

    12 December 2018

    Turmoil in Westminster has piled further uncertainty onto local government, as the sector awaits the provisional finance settlement and prepares for trips to the polls.


  • Future Forum North: Whiteman rages at removing finance directors from top team

    06 December 2018

    Council chief executives that demote the finance director role from the top team were being ‘too clever by half,’ Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy boss Rob Whiteman has said.


  • More councils need to help drown out the voices of hatred

    05 December 2018

    Many councils are leading the chorus which is starting to drown out the voices of hatred threatening local communities - but more need to join them, says Claire Kober.


  • Be wary of good intentions

    05 December 2018

    New Year’s resolution: however nasty social media might get, don’t let’s lobby for even more powers for Facebook, Twitter or the Met Police to brand what is difficult as hate, argues Claire Fox


  • Northamptonshire recovery plan 'unachievable'

    23 November 2018

    Leaders of the Labour opposition have expressed ‘serious fears’ that Northamptonshire CC will be unable to balance this year’s budget.


  • Gwynne: There's been no end to austerity

    19 November 2018

    Opposition politicians have hit out at the Government’s record on funding the sector at the County Councils’ Network conference today.


  • Porter: My devolution regrets

    19 November 2018

    Failing to do more devolution is Lord Porter’s biggest regret in his career as Local Government Association chairman so far, he told the County Councils' Network conference today.


  • Call for PPP 'reset'

    15 November 2018

    A strong leadership role from local government is essential for ensuring the success of regeneration schemes involving the public and private sector, a new report has argued.


  • Ministers fail to budge on LEP overlaps

    13 November 2018

    Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) will have to remove overlaps if they want to qualify for cash from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), The MJ understands.


  • Tax experts dismiss local VAT call

    13 November 2018

    Tax experts have dismissed the idea of local VAT despite calls from MPs and the London Finance Commission.


  • Hope for lessons from serious case review

    12 November 2018

    A serious case review is underway after a child died while in the care of Swindon Council.


  • Labour hits out at housing cash shift

    12 November 2018

    Labour has called for all areas to receive greater Government backing after Whitehall shifted the focus of its housing cash.


  • Auditor: Powys failing to improve

    12 November 2018

    Embattled Powys CC is still failing to improve performance standards, an annual audit report has found. 


  • EXCLUSIVE: Streeting calls for new Parliamentary campaign

    05 November 2018

    Local Government Association vice-president Wes Streeting has called for a cross-party coalition of MPs to campaign for a major and urgent increase in council funding.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Councillors silenced on secret fiscal devolution report

    31 October 2018

    Senior councillors have been warned not to talk about a secret Local Government Association (LGA) report that models what fiscal devolution might look like, The MJ has been told.


  • Box faces crisis of confidence

    30 October 2018

    Labour councillors in Wakefield have warned they will lose confidence in their leader Peter Box if he fails to improve children’s services. 


  • High staff turnover at 'inadequate' Gloucestershire

    25 October 2018

    Too many Gloucestershire children are experiencing frequent changes of social worker more than a year after the county council was judged inadequate by Ofsted.


  • Almost 130 roles at risk at city council

    25 October 2018

    Derby City Council could slash its workforce by 128 full-time positions as it tries to fill a £10m funding gap over the next four years, senior councillors have been told.


  • Minister embroiled in 'Oliver Twist' row

    24 October 2018

    Welsh local authorities have called on the First Minister to consider sacking his colleague in charge of councils after he labelled councillors ‘Oliver Twists’.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Ministry moves on Brexit

    24 October 2018

    Senior Marsham Street officials have stepped up their preparations for Brexit after complaints from frustrated councils that they were being shut out of the process.