Reorganisation: modernise or be damned
The distraction of reorganisation may be a step too far. Or it may be the big bang needed to transform local government, says Heather Jameson.
Devolution is back on the table
It's time to continue building strong partnerships across the economic, real-life geographies around which the Government can devolve serious influence on housing, transport, skills, employment, health and much more, says Cllr John Fuller.
Eyeing up the horizon on reorganisation
Heather Jameson looks at the latest round of reorganisation and asks: will it embolden councils to go for further restructures?
Jenrick announces unitary deals
North Yorkshire and Somerset CCs have been given the go ahead to become single unitary councils while Cumbria will be carved in two.
Commission calls for funding reset
Local government needs a ‘funding floor’ at an agreed percentage of national income, a report on the future of the sector has said.
Derbyshire councils plan 'alternative' to unitaries
Councils in Derbyshire have drawn up plans to find a ‘viable alternative’ to carving up the county into unitaries despite lacking the support of two authorities.
Surrey councils to share management
Guildford and Waverley BCs have agreed to share a single senior management team, including a chief executive, directors and heads of service.
Many residents recognise the benefits of a single unitary council for Somerset
The One Somerset model for a single unitary council offers the best chance of an exciting and vibrant future, say Cllr Fothergill and Cllr Faye Purbrick.
Winning support for local government reorganisation in Somerset
The leaders of the four district councils in Somerset reflect on a journey that has seen local people move to supporting a referendum proposal for two unitaries.
Lincolnshire districts join forces in new partnership
Three Lincolnshire district councils have announced they will form a new strategic partnership.
All a-quiver in Somerset
The latest shots in the bitter battle over reorganisation in Somerset have been fired.
Heseltine: Metro mayors should make more trouble for Boris
Metro mayors should ‘make more trouble for the Prime Minister’ to deliver their plans, former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine told an online seminar on devolution.
Controversial Somerset poll backs district plan
A controversial poll on reorganisation in Somerset has come out in favour of a district-based proposal.
Experts divided on devolution
The debate over bespoke deals or a national framework has re-emerged with the publication of an Industrial Strategy Council report.
Somerset districts in poll controversy
District leaders have struck back following criticism over an error in their reorganisation vote.
Jenrick questions 'confusing' reorganisation poll
Voting is underway in a postal ballot organised by district councils on competing unitary authority proposals.
Bringing data and teams together to help make reorganisation a success
Steve White looks at the challenges and opportunities emerging from local government reorganisation, and says system rationalisation can be a major benefit.
Nottinghamshire pressed to abandon reorganisation
A motion will be tabled at Nottinghamshire CC calling for reorganisation proposals to be dropped
South Somerset to review chief executive role
The council has appointed an interim chief executive as the prospect of local government reorganisation looms.
Devo must focus on economy, says think-tank
Devolution needs to focus on rebuilding the economy rather than local government reorganisation, a think-tank has claimed.