Councils should be shouting from the rooftops about UC
Jo Miller says the roll-out of Universal Credit is a scandalous waste of public money - and the sector must be more vocal about it.
The sector must be heard
Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.
Call to arms: sector must speak with one voice
Local government has been urged to shine a spotlight on the important agendas likely to be crowded out by Brexit wrangling and the General Election.
UC becoming a ‘scandalous waste’ claims SOLACE chief
The implementation of Universal Credit (UC) is ‘nothing short of a scandal,’ the president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives has argued.
Redress the balance on lack of diversity
Following the results of an exclusive The MJ/PPMA survey, Heather Jameson says the sector must look to diversity in its leadership if it is to address the new sets of challenges ahead.
Casey to leave government after two decades
Senior civil servant Dame Louise Casey has announced she will be leaving government in the summer after an 18-year Whitehall career.
Something to build on
Key figures talk to Heather Jameson about the impact the Industrial Strategy will have on national growth, with local government poised to take centre stage.
BREAKING: Council suspends chief Suarez
Cheshire East Council has suspended its chief executive Mike Suarez while an independent investigation is undertaken.
Birmingham assistant chief jumps ship to Solace
Birmingham City Council assistant chief executive Piali Das Gupta is to leave the authority to join senior officer body Solace as head of policy, The MJ has learned.
Chief executive salaries are slipping behind just as demand is rising
It is never the right time to increase salaries, but council chief executives are already voting with their feet, writes Michael Burton.
Corridors of Power meets White Van Man
Chancellor Philip Hammond has a dream in which he finds he’s turned into White Van Man ...
Miller’s regal roar
It will come as no surprise to The MJ readers that SOLACE president Jo Miller broke with protocol to make a speech at the organisation’s annual charity dinner.
Local government needs great leaders, says Miller
Strong, vibrant communities need great leaders, both politically and managerially, to thrive, Jo Miller told chief executives at their annual gathering last night.
Hear our womanly roar
Angered by the male-dominated agenda of a Northern Powerhouse conference, Jo Miller started a rival People's Powerhouse event in the drive for equality and fairness.
Rogers prepares Brum exit
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy had a ‘gun to his head’ before deciding to oust chief executive Mark Rogers, a source has claimed.
Call for IR35 delay
Senior local government personnel have urged Whitehall to delay the introduction of strict new anti-tax avoidance rules for public sector contractors.
Authorities seek renewed support for child refugees
Town halls have urged ministers to re-design government support for asylum-seeking children following the Home Office’s surprise decision to drop the Dubs Amendment.
We’re in this together
The year ahead poses myriad challenges to local government. Deborah Cadman calls on leaders in the sector to support each other through these difficult times.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s make or break time’ - annual finance survey
Results of the latest LGiU/The MJ annual finance survey lead to stark warnings on the fiscal future of local government.
‘Incentivising growth’ key to rates retention
The challenge of moving to 100% business rates retention will be how to incentive ‘all kinds of growth,’ Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) president, Jo Miller, has said.