Cash for queries
Anyone who likes talking local government and is looking to make a bit of extra cash might like to head to Oxfordshire.
Time to work together
The Government’s combined authority and reorganisation policies clash. Steve Leach and Dennis Reed argue it is time for local government to present a united front against top down restructuring
Kent districts urged to drop unitary aims
Kent CC’s leader has called on the four districts contemplating a merger to distance themselves from the idea they will eventually become a unitary.
Question time for reorganisation
Reorganisation has not been the most welcome word in the local government lexicon in recent years. Tony Reeves says it is time for local government leaders to start asking the right questions.
Districts back county reorganisation plan
Two district councils have come out in support of Oxfordshire CC’s proposal for a countywide unitary.
Porter: Local government threw devolution back in ministers' faces
The country’s most influential council leader has proclaimed that ‘devolution is dead’ and suggested local government is to blame.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Time to jump-start this devo revolution’ – IPPR
Ministers have been urged to ditch their ‘bloody-mindedness’ and reboot the stalled devolution process amid a surge of faltering deals and emerging reorganisation rows.
Still time to get it right
Decades of feeble attempts to reform the structure of local government has left the map in a mess – and devolution has been no different. However Tony McArdle believes the Government can set the agenda back on track.
Rebooting devolution takes no more than common sense
The devolution agenda has come to a standstill but it can still be revived. Ed Cox and Jack Hunter write exclusively for The MJ ahead of the publication of IPPR North’s report Rebooting Devolution: a common sense approach to taking back control.
Councils back first district merger for 40 years
Suffolk Coastal and Waveney DCs have approved plans to formally merge and create a new ‘super district’ council.
Solent devolution deal 'highly unlikely'
Opposition from Hampshire CC has made a Solent combined authority ‘highly unlikely,’ the leader of Portsmouth City Council has admitted.
Buckinghamshire’s double vision
Reorganisation is essential to meet the challenges ahead, agree Buckinghamshire CC and its four district councils – but the tiers have very different visions for the future. The two sides make their case
Leaders risk referendums to do the right thing
With the announcement of two referendums in the past week, this local election day is set to be more interesting than most, writes Heather Jameson.
Ashford exits super district plan
Councils in east Kent have published a business case for a super district but Ashford DC has quit the plan.
Reorganisation row spreads to Lincolnshire
The row over local government reorganisation has spread to Lincolnshire after the county council announced it would hold a referendum on the issue.
UKIP raises unitary hopes as two-tier system has its day
The Conservative leader of Norfolk CC has admitted the two-tier system has ‘run its course’ following calls from UKIP members to consider going unitary.
Shaping reorganisation around economic growth
Abdool Kara argues economic growth should be a key design principle in any reorganisation debate.
District deal’s bid to cement authorities’ two-tier alliance
West Sussex CC and Crawley BC have signed a ‘district deal’ in a bid to strengthen partnership working between the two tiers.
Oxford forges ahead with CA plans
Oxford City Council is pushing forward with plans for a county-wide combined authority after dumping its local government reorganisation proposals.
Dorset councils to push forward with two unitary option
Dorset’s nine councils are preparing to ask communities secretary Sajid Javid to be scrapped and replaced by two new unitaries.