Raft of cuts after first Section 114 in almost 20 years
The stark reality of the financial cliff-edge facing Northamptonshire CC has this week been revealed by its budget plan.
Super councils get the go-ahead
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead to create two new ‘super districts’ with the councils in Suffolk.
Porter: Play nicely or Government will impose reorganisation
The chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Porter, has warned the sector to 'stop fighting and play nicely' or Whitehall will impose reorganisation.
Tory MP in call for Northamptonshire governance changes
A Northamptonshire MP has called for the immediate abolition of the county council’s cabinet and its replacement with a committee-led system of governance.
Inspector arrives amid reorganisation pressure
An independent inspector today began investigating Northamptonshire CC’s precarious finances amid fresh signs MPs are pressuring the Government to reorganise the county.
Javid backs district council mergers
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has backed two further local government reorganisation proposals – announcing he is ‘minded’ to approve district council mergers in Somerset and Suffolk.
Lumbering LEPs and a rethink on mayors
Heather Jameson argues the Industrial Strategy white paper will end up with confused mosaic of structures across the country – and the inevitable threat of local government reorganisation.
The reorganisation bandwagon rolls on
Reorganisation has to deliver a solution to a problem, rather than being an end in itself, writes Michael Burton.
Javid rejects DCLG capacity fears
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has rejected accusations that his Whitehall department is too stretched to handle devolution bids.
MP attacks 'merger most foul'
A MP has vowed to stop plans to create a super-district, labelling it a ‘merger most foul’.
East Suffolk - a decade in the making
After the Government finally gave the nod to Suffolk Coastal and Waveney DCs' merger proposals, Stephen Baker reveals some of the lessons from the decade-long journey that has led them to this point.
Time to roll out the 21st century council
Heather Jameson comments on Sajid Javid's announcement that he is 'minded' to go ahead with reorganisation in Dorset and East Suffolk.
Dorset unitaries first step of renewed Government focus on reorganisation
Communities secretary Sajid Javid this week kick-started a fresh wave of local government reorganisation – announcing he is ‘minded’ to approve new unitary authorities in Dorset and Suffolk.
Javid 'minded' to approve reorganisation proposals
Communities secretary Sajid Javid today kick-started a fresh wave of local government reorganisation – announcing he is ‘minded’ to approve new structures in Dorset and Suffolk.
Reform: Hand 'super councils' £102bn annual health spending
Control of England’s key public services, including the NHS, should be handed to 38 ‘super councils’ responsible for spending an extra £102bn annually, a dramatic new report on devolution has suggested.
Unitary hopefuls outline transition plan
Four local authorities involved in a potential new Dorset-based unitary have outlined their work programme ahead of a government decision over reorganisation.
Senior management changes announced at West Lancashire
West Lancashire BC has modified its senior management team as part of wider plans to save £2.7m by 2021.
Are ministers and members obsessed with reorganisation?
Michael Burton asks how vital is structural reorganisation to delivering stronger local economies?
Reorganisation hopefuls should focus on place over structure
Delays to announcements about the future of local government reorganisation have left councils frustrated, but Jonathan House argues structural changes alone are not the answer.
Councils can’t rely on reorganisation
Authorities in Dorset, which have been poised for a decision on their proposal to replace the nine councils with two unitaries for months, met with communities secretary Sajid Javid last week.