Elections are a family affair
Andrew Seekings looks at how Cumbria is preparing for the electoral challenges of local government reorganisation as it plans for next year’s elections to the shadow authorities and beyond.
Hampshire hamstrung by social care cost pressures
Hampshire CC has revealed social care cost pressures are costing it more than double the value of government grant and the council tax precept.
Moving from good to great in Cumbria
The early stages of the transition programme for reorganisation in Cumbria are being developed and defined, says Lawrence Conway. Moving from good to great will be achieved by 'working with our communities, our partners and our amazing staff.'
Government brushes off reorganisation challenge
The Government is believed to have brushed off a legal challenge from Cumbria CC to reorganisation plans for the county.
Pickles praises mayors during pandemic
Former local government secretary Eric Pickles has admitted he was a ‘late convert’ to the idea of metro mayors.
North Yorkshire reorganisation to cost millions
North Yorkshire CC has committed millions of pounds of reserves towards the costs of local government reorganisation in the county.
County areas chase devo dream
County areas are lining up to strike one of the first tranche of devolution deals.
Eden and Carlisle end joint chief arrangement
Eden DC and Carlisle City Council will no longer share chief executive Jason Gooding from the end of the month.
Cumbria launches legal battle against reorganisation
Cumbria CC has launched a legal challenge to the Government’s plans to create two unitary authorities for the county.
Ryedale DC rejects possible challenge on unitary plan
Ryedale DC will not explore the option of legally challenging the Government’s decision to replace North Yorkshire’s local authorities with one unitary council.
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.