Only Surrey’s spending power ‘above national average’
All two-tier areas in England but one have a core spending power below average, representing an annual £1.9bn funding gap, new calculations have revealed.
Dorset reorganisation verdict 'unlikely' before elections
Hopes that the Government will make a decision on whether to back plans for two new unitary authorities covering Dorset have been dashed.
Top-down plan shot down
Town halls and experts have kicked back at sweeping proposals urging ministers to impose new devolution structures on places that fail to agree them locally.
Mole Valley chief lands role at warring DC
Yvonne Rees has been named as the new chief executive of South Northamptonshire and Cherwell DCs at a time when Oxfordshire districts have become embroiled in a bitter spat with the county over unitary plans.
Christchurch mulls ‘Chrexit’ referendum on borough merger
Potential for a referendum on whether Christchurch BC should remain separate or merge with other Dorset local authorities - dubbed 'Chrexit' - will be discussed by councillors next week.
Unitary plan would 'pull council off see-saw'
South Northamptonshire DC has warned that unitary plans by ‘financially-stricken’ Oxfordshire CC would put its joint working partnership with Cherwell DC at risk.
Lamb calls for Norfolk unitary
An influential former minister has called for a unitary council covering Norfolk.
Radical action is now needed
Local government must be prepared to support radical decisions, including controversial hospital closures, if they are to meet future demands, writes Ed Parker.
Bringing people along with us
In his first public interview since taking over the helm at think-tank NLGN, Adam Lent speaks to Sam Clayden about his vision for the future of local government.
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.