Will devo be lost in translation?
What next for districts and devolution, asks Kathy O'Leary. Are there lessons we can learn from Japan?
EXCLUSIVE: Councils call for say in devo White Paper
Councils are battling to ‘jointly craft’ the devolution White Paper ahead of its publication later this year.
Essex challenges evidence base for Basildon unitary bid
Essex CC’s leader has questioned the benefits of Basildon BC’s pursuit of unitary status.
LGA chair's concerns over Cumbria reorganisation
Doubts have been expressed over the proposed reorganisation of local government in Cumbria.
Sizing up the efficiency problem
If delivering efficiency is a driver for local government there are reasons to believe there may be a ‘right size’ for authorities, but as Abdool Kara reveals, history suggests other factors are at play.
Northants targets millions of savings
Northamptonshire CC has published its draft budget for 2020/2021 amid concerns over children's services and roads maintenance.
Borough seeking unitary status sparks spending row
A row over council spending has broken out between a county council and a borough authority that is seeking unitary status.
Talks bring devolution closer for Yorkshire
Devolution came a step closer in Yorkshire this week as ministers met with leaders from across the county.
Councils appeal for reorganisation to cross county lines
Lancaster City Council, South Lakeland DC and Barrow BC have cautioned against sticking to ‘arbitrary’ county borders in local government reorganisation.
Lessons for digital change from the new unitaries
Nine months after the creation of two new unitary councils in Dorset, what have been the lessons from implementing change programmes, especially digital change? Chief executives discussed the issue at a round table debate hosted by The MJ and BT.
Kettering to create town council
A new town council is to be created as part of local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire.
Northamptonshire unitaries to save £86m
Local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire will cost just over £40m, according to the early official estimates.
Reorganisation in Somerset would 'cut waste and save money'
A single, unitary authority for Somerset would deliver a predicted saving of £35-£47m, according to research released today.
This will be a different Conservative Government
Head of local government at Grant Thornton UK, Paul Dossett, says the fact that the Conservative majority has been won by gaining seats in towns in Wales, the Midlands and the north of England will make a difference.
A bandwagon that won’t stop rolling
The arguments for creating large unitary authorities have not been developed in an evidence-based way, say Steve Leach and Colin Copus. How can the persistence of ‘reorganisation by stealth’ be explained?
Northants reorg stalled amid election
Plans to reorganise cash-strapped Northamptonshire CC have stalled amid the general election.
EXCLUSIVE: Single tier fear reignited
County councils are being offered the option of unitary local government as part of a devolution deal, The MJ understands.
Unitary blueprint published by Leicestershire
Leicestershire CC has reiterated its support for a single unitary council to replace the county and seven districts.
EXCLUSIVE: Funding withheld from LEPs
Five local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have had capacity funding withheld in 2019/20 because they have not resolved overlaps, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed.
Northamptonshire shadow elections set for May 2020
Laws paving the way for the reorganisation of local government in Northamptonshire will pass through Westminster this autumn.