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.
Good design alone cannot address the Nimby challenge
In principle, focusing on housing design quality is a good idea, says Michael Burton. 'But councillors know the cost of ignoring their residents’ views on unpopular new housing estates, whatever ministers insist: they lose their seats.'
New housing to be in keeping with local tradition, Jenrick says
New homes should be built using an architectural style in keeping with the history of their area and located on streets lined with trees, the Government has announced.
Getting back in the groove
As the country prepares to open up to gatherings again, Heather Jameson rounds up last week’s major annual virtual conferences – and finds an air of optimism within the sector despite the challenges ahead.
Jenrick to reduce competitive bidding
The communities secretary has pledged to reduce the number of funds councils have to compete for as part of plans to consolidate the sector’s funding.
EXCLUSIVE: Jenrick's exit payment intervention
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick personally intervened to strengthen the Government’s proposed crackdown on councils’ use of exit payments, The MJ has learned.
Rough sleeping fears amid Everyone In wind down
Fears that rough sleepers will again become a fixture on Britain’s streets have emerged as the successful Everyone In programme comes to an end.
Planning reforms would 'silence communities'
MPs have launched a scathing attack on the Government’s planning White Paper.
Croydon told to act on interims
Croydon LBC has been told to move quickly to put a ‘substantive management team in place’ due to its high number of senior interims.
Government warned of 'soaring summer of homelessness'
The Government will fail to fulfil its manifesto commitment of ending rough sleeping for good by 2024 without a cross-Whitehall strategy for reducing homelessness, it has been warned.
Surrey chief part of four-strong team of Liverpool commissioners
Surrey CC’s chief executive Joanna Killian will be part of the team of independent commissioners who will oversee improvements at Liverpool City Council, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced today.
Porter appointed as Government NED
Lord Gary Porter, has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Controversial Somerset poll backs district plan
A controversial poll on reorganisation in Somerset has come out in favour of a district-based proposal.
LGA claims Whitehall ‘hampering’ Parkrun return
The Local Government Association has said a ‘lack of communication’ from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is hindering the return of events such as Parkrun.
Wur yowe from Rob?
For anyone who doesn’t know, a Wulfrunian is a term used to describe someone originating from the Black Country city.
Wolverhampton's i9 selected to house MHCLG's Midlands base
Two floors of Wolverhampton’s new i9 office building will be home to the first ministerial department outside of London, it has been announced.
Somerset districts in poll controversy
District leaders have struck back following criticism over an error in their reorganisation vote.
Jenrick piles pressure on over parkrun
Council leaders have insisted they are working hard to process requests to hold outdoor events after coming under pressure from the Government.
Jenrick questions 'confusing' reorganisation poll
Voting is underway in a postal ballot organised by district councils on competing unitary authority proposals.
Government criticised over dragging feet on cladding after new fire
The Government has been accused of failing to force developers to take action after a fire broke out at a tower block with Grenfell-style cladding.