• Brighton & Hove raises concerns over support for asylum-seeking children

    30 July 2021

    The council said they had less than 24 hours’ notice before the Home Office placed a number of children in a hotel in the city.

  • Government threatens borrowing cap return

    29 July 2021

    The Government has threatened to apply statutory borrowing caps on councils that continue to expose themselves to excessive risk.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Special needs demand increases for every council

    27 July 2021

    Demand for education, health and care plans (EHCP) has increased for every council in the last three years, new analysis has revealed.

  • Government needs to prep SMEs for net-zero

    26 July 2021

    The Government needs to step up its COP26 campaigns to get small and medium sized businesses ready for net-zero, the chair of a Parliamentary committee has warned.

  • Local government given partial self-isolation exemption

    23 July 2021

    Local government has been included on a list of sectors that may be allowed to ignore COVID self-isolation rules, the Government has confirmed.

  • Wilkins to be replaced

    22 July 2021

    Oldham MBC’s chief executive, Carolyn Wilkins, is to be replaced, with council leader Arooj Shah wanting a new person at the helm.

  • Johnson has flunked levelling up explanation chance, says MP

    22 July 2021

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ‘flunked’ his chance to explain what levelling up means, the chair of a parliamentary committee has claimed.

  • Councils will continue to draw on reserves, predicts Moody's

    21 July 2021

    Many councils will continue to draw on their reserves to manage the uncertain funding environment and offset budgetary pressures, international ratings agency Moody’s has predicted.

  • No pay-out for suspended director

    21 July 2021

    Croydon LBC’s suspended executive director of place has resigned with no pay-out, The MJ understands.

  • MHCLG to review local resilience forums

    21 July 2021

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is to review the role, responsibilities and accountabilities of local resilience forums (LRF).

  • Public finances improve

    21 July 2021

    The public finances improved last month as economic activity picked up though debt remains at a record high, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

  • Never say diet

    21 July 2021

    Talking of the PM’s flights of fancy, Diary can’t help but recall his sudden conversion to a health and fitness regime last year. Cast your mind back to a post–COVID-scare Boris, determined to lose weight and be get on a health kick, taking the country with him.

  • Flagging up the stock

    21 July 2021

    As (always) noted by Diary, local government secretary Robert Jenrick is very keen on flags. He has a rather large Union Jack flag [Union Flag. I get complaints when we call it a Union Jack – Ed] in the corner of his office.

  • Time to ketchup

    21 July 2021

    You have got to love Dominic Cummings. A man who can utterly devote himself to dripping out snippets of conversations with his former boss in revenge for his sacking, when he could just be cracking on with his life, has got to be admired for his commitment.

  • Government should 'dig deep' to cut child poverty, says Commission

    20 July 2021

    The Government should ‘dig deep’ by investing £14bn to help reduce child poverty and improve social mobility says a report from the independent Social Mobility Commission.

  • PM plans national insurance rise to fund social care

    20 July 2021

    Ministers are believed to be planning a national insurance rise to fund adult social care.

  • Johnson: Bring your devolution plans to me

    15 July 2021

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for local leaders to take their devolution plans to him in a keynote speech from the West Midlands this morning.

  • Saj is the cat’s whiskers

    13 July 2021

    There are many different types of humour, but few quips can fall flat as spectacularly as those in a political speech.

  • Taking a risk

    13 July 2021

    A new study warns of looming unfunded risks to the public finances from climate change to adult care which Michael Burton says should be heeded by the chancellor as he prepares the next Spending Review

  • Government insists Everyone In is 'continuing'

    13 July 2021

    The Government has insisted the Everyone In programme is ‘continuing’ despite reportedly suggesting to some councils that they should close their hotels for rough sleepers.