Owners of buildings with dangerous cladding named and shamed
The Government has published the names of five companies that have been deemed too slow in making safe dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings.
Audit firms look overseas amid shortage
Audit firms are having to resort to recruiting overseas to fill public sector vacancies because of low levels of interest within the UK.
Cabinet shuffle spells balance, not bonanza
Last week's reshuffle may have left Robert Jenrick as communities secretary, but Rishi Sunak's role as chancellor could be just as vital for local government, says Heather Jameson
Northern Powerhouse 'downgrade' in reshuffle
The Government has been accused of ‘downgrading’ the Northern Powerhouse in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle.
Jenrick activates Bellwin after storm
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has activated the Bellwin scheme, providing emergency financial assistance for councils affected by Storm Dennis.
This year’s model
As the tenth Conservative housing minister in a decade assumes the position, Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran assesses the political and policy challenges in the light of last week’s reshuffle.
Jenrick comes under pressure to extend audit deadline
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick is coming under pressure to extend the deadline for council audits to be completed.
Government threatens intervention over local plan
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick is considering taking South Oxfordshire DC’s plan out of its hands.
EXCLUSIVE: Jenrick plans intervention to help northern councils
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick is poised to intervene in the fair funding review to ensure northern councils do not end up worse off, The MJ understands.
Healey calls for new rough sleeping taskforce
Ministers will not end rough sleeping in this country before 2082 based on its current rate of progress, shadow housing secretary, John Healey, has said.
Jenrick in anti-semitism funding threat
The Local Government Association (LGA) has rebuffed communities secretary Robert Jenrick’s threat to withhold funding from councils that fail to adopt the internationally-agreed definition of anti-semitism.
Talks bring devolution closer for Yorkshire
Devolution came a step closer in Yorkshire this week as ministers met with leaders from across the county.
Councils appeal for reorganisation to cross county lines
Lancaster City Council, South Lakeland DC and Barrow BC have cautioned against sticking to ‘arbitrary’ county borders in local government reorganisation.
Jenrick in fresh anti-semitism definition demand
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has sent a fresh demand to council leaders for them to confirm their adoption of an internationally-recognised definition of anti-semitism.
Sector presses for further action on cladding
Building safety reforms billed as the ‘biggest change for a generation’ do not go far enough to clamp down on potentially dangerous cladding, councils argued this week.
Councils under ministerial pressure over winter care funding
Ministers have piled pressure on councils to maintain winter funding for home care packages, hours of care and care home placements as bed blocking increases.
Boost for Yorkshire leaders committee talks
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has agreed to talks on the role and functions of a new committee of leaders from across Yorkshire.
Council hires Grenfell construction firm
Maidstone BC has named a construction firm involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower as its preferred bidder for a planned innovation centre.
Councils share in £4m fund to tackle rogue landlords
Councils will use the funding to launch new projects tackling inadequate and unsafe private rented housing.
Extra cash for homelessness and rough sleeping
The Government today pledged more than £260m for local authorities to support people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.