Gwynne calls for commissioners to take over Northamptonshire CC
Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has urged his political rival Sajid Javid to send commissioners into crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC.
Gwynne calls for answers on 'fiasco' settlement
Andrew Gwynne has called for Whitehall to outline how it will ensure the provisional finance settlement does not need to undergo last-minute corrections again.
'Shambolic' Government loses third air pollution case
A senior MP has described the Government’s attempts to tackle illegal levels of air pollution as 'shambolic' after ministers were once again told by the courts to rewrite their plans.
Honesty is still the best policy
Heather Jameson says those involved in the provisional local government finance settlement cover-up seemed to be more interested in remaining ‘blame free’ than resolving the matter.
EXCLUSIVE: Finance cover-up exposed
Key Whitehall departments involved in attempt to bury changes to provisional finance settlement data.
Shiny homelessness initiatives are no consolation for supported housing changes
If we are to tackle this national homelessness crisis, the Government not only has to progress new initiatives, but also ensure that the very housing that currently provides a lifeline to tens of thousands of people without a home is not jeopardised, writes Denise Hatton.
Spending Review to decide bonus future
The future of the New Homes Bonus rests on next year’s departmental spending review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed.
Hotel levy talks over Commonwealth Games
Talks between Birmingham City Council and the Government over how the Commonwealth Games will be funded are continuing, The MJ understands.
East Anglia devolution back on agenda
An influential council leader has urged his colleagues to resurrect plans for devolution to East Anglia.
Leader pushes ahead with commercialisation despite setbacks
The leader of Aylesbury Vale DC has insisted recent setbacks have not dented the council’s commercialisation drive.
Is economic forecasting an art or science?
Michael Burton reports on a rare interview given by the Office for Budget Responsibility chairman Robert Chote last week at the Institute for Government.
Sunak steps up pressure on peer challenge
New local government minister Rishi Sunak has said Whitehall is 'very keen' that every council hosts a corporate peer challenge.
Devolution framework 'almost done'
The Government's new devolution framework is 'almost done,' communities secretary Sajid Javid has insisted.
Porter: Play nicely or Government will impose reorganisation
The chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Porter, has warned the sector to 'stop fighting and play nicely' or Whitehall will impose reorganisation.
Javid says he needs 'stronger case' on HRA
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has urged the sector to use headroom in the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) to boost his case for further action.
Javid and Gwynne clash over finance settlement
Communities secretary Sajid Javid clashed today with his Labour rival Andrew Gwynne over errors in the provisional settlement as he saw off a threatened rebellion.
Expert in warning over funding review complexities
The complexity of the local government fair funding review could make it difficult to develop a ‘fair and workable system’ in time for April 2020, a sector expert has warned.
Pressure grows for HRA cap action
Key sector figures have piled further pressure on the Government over the Housing Revenue Account cap.
Government fostering report calls for councils to work with agencies
Collaboration between local authorities and the private sector would improve foster care for children, a new Government report has suggested.
Is this cash injection too little too late?
In the aftermath of the first Section 114 notice in nearly 20 years, and a meagre increase in the finance finance settlement, Heather Jameson considers the state of local government finance