• Local government loses 'strongest advocate' Rowsell

    22 March 2024

    Tributes have been paid across the local government sector following the sudden death of Paul Rowsell.

  • Wanted: fiscal reform not fiscal frustration

    20 March 2024

    'To bemoan any Government’s inability to take difficult political decisions when it has been in power for 14 years is to wriggle out of collective responsibility', says Heather Jameson.

  • Councils moved through crisis with warmth and grace

    08 November 2023

    Local government’s regulatory decision-making framework may often be perceived by those outside of its service as cumbersome, but look at the alternative, says Mo Baines.

  • Goodbye two-tier

    09 October 2023

    Without a big injection of cash to sustain it in existence, a two-tier structure of councils will be deemed no longer sustainable, says former levelling up secretary Greg Clark.

  • Bigger may not be better

    04 October 2023

    In their new book Steve Leach and Colin Copus conclude there is no consistent or conclusive evidence that increases in council size improve performance.

  • Learning the stark lessons from a crisis

    13 September 2023

    Slough Council’s sacked chief executive Josie Wragg reflects on ways to predict organisational instability and the risks of a tragic outcome as pressures on local government’s top officers increase. Ann McGauran reports.

  • The art of retaining staff in difficult times

    13 September 2023

    Martin Tucker and Emma Haddleton share their views on the positive leadership steps that can ensure your top talent continues to grow with your organisation.

  • Building a post-merger Bucks

    11 July 2023

    Clive Jones describes how merging five councils into one unitary authority led to a streamlined revenues and benefits service with potential savings of around £725,000 and improved services

  • The size conspiracy

    20 June 2023

    The journey towards implementing the recommendations in the Redcliffe-Maud report is based on the fundamentally flawed idea that bigger local government is always better than its smaller counter-parts, argues Colin Copus.

  • Clark: Time to simplify local government

    14 June 2023

    The time has come for local government reorganisation and for councils to be given more power, former levelling up secretary Greg Clark has said.

  • Unfinished business

    13 June 2023

    Greg Clark has been local government secretary twice. He speaks to Heather Jameson about the need to do more on devolution, why intervention should be a last resort and the need to talk about a simpler system of local government.

  • Manchester 'frustrated' at pace of devolution

    08 June 2023

    Manchester’s leader has said there is ‘a long way to go’ to meet the city’s devolution ambitions.

  • Districts hit back at compulsory unitarisation call

    11 May 2023

    District councils have defended their role in revitalising local economies after a think-tank advocated wholesale unitarisation.

  • Off the grid

    18 April 2023

    Westmorland and Furness was among the new unitary councils to officially come into being this month, but it has not been without its hiccups.

  • Planning officers 'unsupported' following reorganisation

    14 April 2023

    A lack of preparation during reorganisation left West Northamptonshire Council’s planning department ‘ill equipped’ and ‘unsupported,’ members have admitted.

  • Giant county unitaries run counter to people power

    30 March 2023

    The challenge to the new unitaries is to prove that, far from being a distant monolith, they can indeed be a force for localism, says Sam Chapman-Allen.

  • Raring to go

    28 March 2023

    Councils are preparing to celebrate becoming unitaries on 1 April. Paul Marinko talks to the key players and gets advice from those who have been through the process.

  • A cheer for Vesting Day

    28 March 2023

    As councils gear up to become unitaries on 1 April. Andy Starkie offers advice on how to make the most of this momentous change.

  • Lincolnshire districts back unitary idea

    28 March 2023

    A partnership of three district councils has backed the idea of becoming a unitary to help secure a Lincolnshire-wide devolution deal.

  • An agent of change

    14 March 2023

    Unitarisation was a positive thing for Buckinghamshire, says chief executive Rachael Shimmin. Dan Peters talks to her about the reorganisation process, why levelling up is the right policy and the importance of making a difference.