• Sector unites in call for Troubled Families funding

    19 March 2019

    The local government sector has urged the Treasury to continue funding the Troubled Families programme following a glowing report on its impact.

  • Local government employment down 2%

    19 March 2019

    Local government employment has fallen by 2% over the last year, new figures have shown.

  • End 'lazy language of austerity,' sector urged

    14 March 2019

    Government’s choice to target councils for cuts rather than austerity is to blame for local government’s financial woes, leading finance experts have argued.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Avoiding the precipice

    13 March 2019

    As councils seek ways to meet the funding gap, Martin Reeves and Rob Whiteman look at the implications for the future of public services and how we need a mature debate on prevention, accountability and joined up services. Heather Jameson reports

  • Former SOLACE president gets New Zealand role

    26 February 2019

    One of local government’s most high profile chief executives, Jo Miller, is leaving to take up a post in New Zealand.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Sector fumes over lack of pre-Brexit briefing

    21 February 2019

    Councils have threatened to walk away from Government attempts to engage with them on Brexit amid growing frustrations about the response to their concerns.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Down to the core

    13 February 2019

    Six out of 10 senior council figures admit their authority is now only delivering a basic core offer of service, The MJ and LGiU think-tank’s annual local government finance survey has revealed.

  • SOLACE recruits former Localis chief executive

    11 February 2019

    Alex Thomson has been announced as head of policy at the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE).

  • 'Cuts begin to bite' for Scottish authorities

    05 February 2019

    Funding cuts are finally beginning to take their toll as Scottish councils can no longer protect services, according to report published today.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Sector organisations to meet after high-profile chief departures

    31 January 2019

    Talks have started between two local government organisations after two high-profile chief executives parted company with their council just months after being appointed.

  • 125 years and the issues remain the same

    30 January 2019

    Spending time poring over issues of The MJ (Municipal Journal) from the past 125 years – as you will see from this week's supplement – it is remarkable how much things change and yet they remain the same, says Heather Jameson

  • Local Government: A view from Australia and beyond

    25 January 2019

    As the UK contemplates a post-Brexit future, Bill Taylor argues for local government not to retreat into splendid isolation, but to look outward and build stronger relations with councils across the globe.

  • A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

    21 January 2019

    Some Star Wars fans don’t need a hyperdrive to help them speed through writing briefings and reports.

  • Reeves: Fair funding review could push some closer to cliff edge

    10 January 2019

    The fair funding review could push some councils ‘closer to the cliff edge,’ the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) has warned.

  • Looking at the wider picture

    08 January 2019

    Martin Swales, the new president of SOLACE, talks to Heather Jameson about his plans to use his two-year term to draw on the expertise across the membership and build a stronger influence across Whitehall

  • Fair funding: no simple solutions

    08 January 2019

    At best, the fair funding review will bring short-term improvements for some councils while pushing others to the brink – and is ultimately built on shaky foundations, argues Dr Martin Reeves

  • Social care Green Paper delayed again amid Westminster turmoil

    12 December 2018

    Turmoil in Westminster has piled further uncertainty onto local government, with the social care Green Paper the latest casualty.

  • More hard graft ahead next year

    12 December 2018

    Brexit, improved system leadership and fixing the divisions between Whitehall and local government are just a few of the issues to tackle in order to put local services back to the top of the agenda, as outgoing SOLACE president Jo Miller reflects

  • Does the People's Vote clamour herald a move to more referendums?

    12 December 2018

    Electoral events are, of course, at the cornerstone of our democracy. But Louise Round asks if it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

  • Scrutiny chief in failure warning

    10 December 2018

    Failure in local government is likely to become more prevalent in the years ahead due to looming pressures, the chief executive of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) has warned.