• From jurassic to digital – the evolution of services

    15 May 2019

    As the new Dorset unitaries get underway, the sea-change in structure is matched by the new wave of digital technology. Against this backdrop, a group of top council chiefs met at a BT/The MJ round table to look to the future.

  • London council budgets slashed 17% over last decade

    13 May 2019

    London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth – 17% – per head over the last eight years, a new study has revealed.

  • Councils lose legal bid to halt Heathrow expansion

    01 May 2019

    The High Court has dismissed arguments against Heathrow expansion and found that the Government is free to ignore the Paris agreement on climate action until it forms part of UK law.

  • Enfield’s world class development plan

    30 April 2019

    By retaining control of the £6bn Meridian Water project, Enfield LBC will be able to ensure it meets the needs of residents – speeding up delivery of new jobs and homes, writes Sarah Cary

  • This 'false debate' could weaken growth of city regions

    30 April 2019

    The current 'false debate' stating that the sad plight of many northern towns is a direct result of the success of nearby cities could weaken the growth of vibrant city regions at a vital time, says Paul Wheeler.

  • Fidler appointed DfT's local transport director

    17 April 2019

    Stephen Fidler, deputy director in the Department for Transport’s strategic roads division, has been named as its new director of local transport, succeeding Graham Pendlebury, who retires at the end of May.

  • Speak up! Making the case for devolved infrastructure funding

    27 March 2019

    This week's launch of the National Infrastructure Commission's Next Steps for Cities programme rolls out knowledge-sharing to councils in the 45 biggest cities. Sir John Armitt urges them to clearly make the case for investment in infrastructure.

  • We continue harnessing new possibilities for local places

    21 March 2019

    London Councils are helping to drive forward the agenda for a smart, 21st century city, says John O'Brien. The role that councils have historically played in the context of place is an enduring one.

  • Tees Valley prepares for take off

    13 March 2019

    Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Ben Houchen says bringing the local airport back into public ownership means the conurbation is ready to compete – not just with other UK city regions, but globally

  • Legal challenge to Heathrow expansion begins

    11 March 2019

    A case involving a coalition of local authorities legally challenging the Government’s plans for a new runway at Heathrow will reach the High Court this week.

  • The final countdown

    19 February 2019

    Dan Peters reports on how local authorities are making contingency plans for Brexit while also endeavouring to maintain an open dialogue with the relevant UK agencies.

  • Glasgow City Region advances at pace

    13 February 2019

    The £1.13bn Glasgow City Region City Deal is one of the largest and most advanced in the UK. Kevin Rush outlines the progress being made and how the City Deal is stimulating further growth and investment.

  • A 'one bid per council' approach to high streets cash holds back collaboration

    13 February 2019

    Allen Graham understands that bids for the Government's planned £675m future high streets fund will be restricted to one per authority - with no mechanism for districts to collaborate by linking bids.

  • Whitehall launches consultation on taxi licensing

    12 February 2019

    Local authorities could soon be required to ensure that every prospective taxi driver undergoes enhanced criminal record and background checks.

  • The Berlin perspective

    06 February 2019

    Perhaps we should all be asking the Germans how they get their priorities in order before rushing to the European exit, says Paul Wheeler.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Brokenshire gets Brexit breakdown from chiefs

    31 January 2019

    Chief executives have told communities secretary James Brokenshire Whitehall needs to be more joined up between departments and in its communications with councils over Brexit.

  • Tees Valley votes for £40m airport deal

    24 January 2019

    Tees Valley Combined Authority has given the green light to take a local airport back into public ownership.

  • Tees Valley mayor's airport investment would total £75m

    18 January 2019

    Tees Valley Combined Authority is being asked to commit £75m to the purchase of an airport, the business case has revealed.

  • Tees Valley mayor seeks backing for £40m airport bid

    11 January 2019

    The Mayor of Tees Valley has launched a campaign to garner support for his proposed £40m purchase of Durham Tees Valley Airport.

  • No deal Brexit trial attracts 89 lorries

    07 January 2019

    Kent CC and the Department for Transport today tested plans for managing heavy congestion in the event of a no-deal Brexit.