• Third council in biometrics warning

    09 April 2024

    A third council has warned it faces potential fallout from new entry checks at UK borders earmarked for October.

  • Why mayors matter

    08 April 2024

    Polling shows the public wants more local control over policy decisions, and directly-elected mayors give them the chance to put place over politics, says Paul Swinney.

  • Pothole-riddled roads need £16bn investment, study finds

    19 March 2024

    The condition of roads in England and Wales has continued to decline despite councils spending £144m filling in two million potholes this financial year.

  • Local government can drive an inclusive transition to net zero 

    13 March 2024

    Emily Morrison calls for a place-based approach to net zero transition, saying national policy is failing to support the UK’s poorest households towards a carbon-neutral future. 

  • LTNs popular and effective, leaked report says

    11 March 2024

    Low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) are popular and effective, a leaked report from the Department for Transport (DfT) has found.

  • Councils should be given more flexibility over fund, says LGA

    27 February 2024

    Councils should be given more flexibility over funding, a senior councillor has said in the aftermath of reallocated funding from HS2.

  • The power of two

    13 February 2024

    As Devon and Torbay sign up for a groundbreaking devolution deal, Cllr John Hart explains what it will mean for local people, and how it changes the relationship with central government.

  • Is EV charging the new rural amenity?

    13 February 2024

     EV charging is part of the solution to sustain thriving, dynamic rural communities, according to Zest.

  • London stalling?

    13 February 2024

    Nick Bowes sets out the reasons why more progress hasn’t been made on devolution in London and looks at what’s likely to happen next.

  • Rocket-booster for the UK’s economy

    06 February 2024

    Newcastle, ‘backbone of the UK economy’, is powered by unique natural assets and a drive to innovate that is fundamental to the future prospects of the UK and the wider world. Cllr Nick Kemp explains.

  • Government’s thinking on transport integration is confused

    06 February 2024

    Current arrangements for taxi licensing in shire counties work well and do not need to be disturbed, says Ian Miller.

  • SEND school transport’s impossible situation

    23 January 2024

    Suzanne Smith and Ann Carruthers set out recommendations to government from a report highlighting the unsustainable pressures councils face from the cost of providing SEND school transport.

  • A brilliant new gateway: Brent Cross West station

    03 January 2024

    Barnet LBC had to overcome significant challenges to deliver London newest train station Brent Cross West, but the project, though daunting at times, was worth it, says Cath Shaw.

  • HS2 bill leaves Cheshire East at risk of s114

    15 December 2023

    Cheshire East Council could be left facing a section 114 notice unless it receives Government compensation for cuts to the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link.

  • Norris reverses campaign

    05 December 2023

    Residents of western England have been deprived of claiming their directly-elected mayor looks like the proverbial back end of a bus – thanks to quick-thinking local officials.

  • A collaborative approach reaps rewards

    04 December 2023

    Robin Heap outlines how the new BCP Council’s Bike Share cycle scheme has benefited the city region in a short space of time – and in the process became a big winner at this year’s The MJ Awards.

  • True collaboration will be key to the success of devo in Surrey

    25 November 2023

    Cllr Tim Oliver says Surrey CC is looking forward to working with the Government and local partners to ensure all residents can feel the benefit of a Level 2 County Deal.

  • Autumn Statement: Level 4 devolution unveiled

    22 November 2023

    More powers will be offered to areas with a level 3 devolution deal, the Government has announced as part of the Autumn Statement.

  • White van man on... the rail network

    21 November 2023

    When Dishi canned that great white elephant-and -consultants gravy train called HS2, he said don’t worry the dosh he’s saving will still go to the North.

  • Levelling Up Fund allocated

    20 November 2023

    The third round of the Levelling Up Fund has been awarded to unsuccessful bids from round two.