Rishi Sunak

  • The MJ Comment: Election starting pistol shoots down all action

    28 May 2024

    Too much of the everyday process of running the country gets paused while national politicians court the electorate, says Heather Jameson. 'Is this really the best way to run the country in the 21st century?'

  • LGA axes conference due to election clash

    24 May 2024

    The Local Government Association has officially cancelled its annual conference after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the General Election that clashed with the event.

  • After the election, beware of needless reshuffles

    07 May 2024

    Heather Jameson says senior council officers now face a new challenge: 'turning towards new, energised political leaderships with a new set of priorities. Is this invigorating, or exhausting?'

  • Sunak's defence spending could hit council budgets, says IFS

    24 April 2024

    The Prime Minister’s announcement of extra defence cash could hit public sector budgets further, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS).

  • Battle lines drawn for local elections

    03 April 2024

    Rows over levelling up have dominated the opening clashes as campaigning kicked off for next month’s local elections.

  • Chancellor needs to show compassion to most vulnerable

    05 March 2024

    Tomorrow’s Budget provides an opportunity for the chancellor to protect those most in need of financial support by renewing the Household Support Fund, says Cllr Elizabeth Campbell.

  • Sunak doesn't accept the council tax system is broken

    16 February 2024

    Without the additional £17m a year Somerset Council could have generated through council tax the future looks very bleak indeed, says leader Bill Revans.

  • The Hunt for cash

    23 January 2024

    The Treasury has asked an internal team of experts to hunt down potential extra cash for local government, The MJ understands.

  • MPs call on Sunak to boost council settlement

    22 January 2024

    More than 40 MPs have called on the Government to rethink the finance settlement in a bid to rescue floundering authorities.

  • A huge year – but will local government’s voice be heard?

    10 January 2024

    'While politicians are holding the line – that councils have plenty of cash and financial failure equals poor management – there are indications that they know it’s not so clear cut', says Heather Jameson.

  • Sunak vows to keep public spending down

    08 January 2024

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has kicked off election year with a promise to keep public spending down and cut taxes.

  • Climate action’s delicate high-wire act

    25 November 2023

    Jonathan Stephenson says reaching net zero is a monumental task that demands unity - a coming together of local authorities, the private sector, universities, and communities.

  • Too many cuts could drain councils of their services

    15 November 2023

    Heather Jameson says: ‘The question for ministers is not just ‘which councils face financial collapse’? It is also ‘which councils have cut so much that local services will suffer?’

  • Ending the uncertainty

    14 November 2023

    The North could reap the benefits of a focused long-term industrial strategy for meeting net zero, explains Ryan Swift.

  • Required: some real radicalism

    17 October 2023

    Dr Simon Kaye reflects on the recent round of political party conferences and argues that a coherent vision for the present – or future – of local authorities in England is still missing.

  • Two answers to levelling up – but what’s the question?

    04 October 2023

    Heather Jameson says set aside the anti-city, anti-local government rhetoric - Rishi Sunak's plan to put cash into small towns will make a difference to how people feel about their place.

  • Growth battlelines

    03 October 2023

    Rishi Sunak has launched a towns plan, while a new report says bringing UK cities up to the productivity levels of their European peers could deliver a massive dividend. But is there a better way that helps all towns and cities? Heather Jameson reports.

  • Unlocking local potential

    14 March 2023

    Levelling up nationally will not succeed without investment in levelling up locally, an inquiry by the Local Government Association has concluded. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Are we back to 1992?

    21 February 2023

    The Prime Minister needs to get the Tory ship seaworthy for his election campaign, but is the 1992 playbook likely to work again, wonders Dan Corry.

  • The next showrunners

    01 February 2023

    Jonathan Werran says that, whatever and whoever is running the show after next year’s General Election, attention and protection should be afforded to local government.