• Northants reorg stalled amid election

    08 November 2019

    Plans to reorganise cash-strapped Northamptonshire CC have stalled amid the general election.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Single tier fear reignited

    30 October 2019

    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

    15 October 2019

    Leicestershire CC has reiterated its support for a single unitary council to replace the county and seven districts.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Funding withheld from LEPs

    30 September 2019

    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

    23 September 2019

    Laws paving the way for the reorganisation of local government in Northamptonshire will pass through Westminster this autumn.

  • Wheatley at 50 – plus ça change?

    04 September 2019

    In 1969, the Wheatley review of Scottish local government said something was seriously wrong with the system. Fifty years on not much has changed and while we don’t need a review re-run it's a good starting point for reform, says Bill Howat.

  • How do you close down a council?

    30 July 2019

    Two new unitaries – Dorset Council and BCP Council – came into being on 1 April this year. Mike Harries looks at how to successfully close down a council, focusing mainly on the journey taken by Dorset CC as it planned for its own demise

  • Final reflections

    24 July 2019

    The MJ columnist Allen Graham has stood down as chief executive of Rushcliffe BC. He says the sector is ‘at a unique cross-roads where the dilemmas and challenges facing us must be met with creativity, transformation and collaboration’.

  • Brokenshire in unitary unanimity move

    23 July 2019

    Future unitary bids will only be considered if they are ‘coalescing around a single option,’ the Government has confirmed.

  • Call for leader to quit after 'repeated failures'

    05 June 2019

    Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has called for Northamptonshire CC leader, Matt Golby, to quit after ‘repeated failures’ in the council’s children’s services.

  • The biggest challenge in local government

    22 May 2019

    Last week, James Brokenshire announced the reorganisation of Northamptonshire CC – a year later than was originally planned. Heather Jameson speaks to chief executive Theresa Grant and her commissioners on progress at the crisis-hit county.

  • 'Diminishing' chief role to be axed

    16 May 2019

    Aylesbury Vale DC (AVDC) will make the chief executive role redundant eight months before the council is abolished in a reorganisation.

  • Delay to Northamptonshire reorganisation welcomed

    14 May 2019

    Council leaders have welcomed the year-long delay to plans to create two new unitaries in Northamptonshire.

  • The true threat emerges

    08 May 2019

    In rural shire England, away from the big cities, an endangered and threatened species exists.

  • Two become none

    08 May 2019

    Diary’s keen eye has spotted a trivial but telling error in an email from the Government to councils about this year’s disabled facilities grant.

  • Government misses self-imposed Easter reorganisation deadline

    24 April 2019

    Preparations for local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire are moving ahead despite councils continuing to wait for a formal Government decision.

  • Oxfordshire councils to extend joint working arrangements

    16 April 2019

    Two councils are considering extending their working partnership in a move they hope will trigger a ‘broader conversation’ on local government organisation.

  • How new Northamptonshire chief tackled 'perfect storm'

    11 April 2019

    The chief executive of Northamptonshire CC has spoken of how she helped the council on its journey to recovery.

  • Northamptonshire dithering could lead to reorganisation delay

    10 April 2019

    A group of Northamptonshire MPs has urged the Government to sign off reorganisation plans for the county.

  • Bucks districts drop legal battle over reorganisation

    29 March 2019

    Chiltern and South Bucks DCs will not go ahead with their legal battle over local government reorganisation, they have announced.