• Voter ID rollout could cost £20m

    14 August 2018

    Calls to halt trials of voter ID have been renewed after Cabinet Office documents showed it could cost £20m to roll out.

  • 'Knock-on effects' warning over LEP deadline

    14 August 2018

    A policy expert has added his criticism to the ‘overly-hasty’ September deadline for reformed Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) geographies and warned of ‘knock-on effects’.

  • Minister praises councils' Prevent role

    13 August 2018

    Minister Ben Wallace has said he expects ‘natural variations’ in the delivery of local counter-terror strategies as Whitehall hands greater responsibility for Prevent to councils.

  • Simplified rates retention approach mooted

    13 August 2018

    A separate grant to reward councils that help Government achieve its policy objectives under business rates retention could be introduced, The MJ understands.

  • Government prepared to consider 'Amazon tax' - Hammond

    10 August 2018

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the Government would be ‘prepared to consider a tax on online platform businesses based on the value generated’.

  • Whiteman: NHS will benefit most from Spending Review

    09 August 2018

    Councils were this week warned not to expect a significant windfall in next spring’s Spending Review by the man who represents local government finance officers.

  • Public votes proposed in civil society strategy

    09 August 2018

    Communities could be put in charge of facilities and decision-making put to public votes under proposals published by the Government today.

  • Whitehall attempts to reassure councils on Brexit

    07 August 2018

    Whitehall has insisted it is working to help councils prepare for a hard Brexit despite claims some authorities have been left to fend for themselves.

  • LEPs in Whitehall engagement warning

    07 August 2018

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have privately warned Whitehall departments they must improve their engagement if they are to deliver a post-Brexit boost to the UK, The MJ has learnt.

  • Localis calls for 'big bang' devolution approach

    06 August 2018

    Think-tank Localis has called for a ‘big bang approach’ to recast the relationship between Whitehall and councils.

  • Income-generating investments announced by councils

    06 August 2018

    Two more councils have announced income-generating investments as town halls seek the finances required to protect key services amid continued austerity.

  • No timescale for 100% business rates retention

    01 August 2018

    The Government has reaffirmed its long-term commitment to 100% business rates retention but ignored calls to detail a timeframe for implementation.

  • LEPs face race against time

    01 August 2018

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) face a race against time to reconfigure and register as legal entities, amid a threat from ministers to withhold growth fund cash.

  • Labour proposes national youth services body

    31 July 2018

    Senior Labour Party figures have announced plans to establish a national body to oversee future statutory youth services across local authorities.

  • New Homes Bonus 'in the mix'

    31 July 2018

    The New Homes Bonus may continue beyond 2020, Whitehall sources have suggested.

  • MPs call for devolution expansion

    31 July 2018

    The current programme of English devolution to combined authorities and mayors should be expanded and greater powers devolved, MPs have said.

  • Government urged to halt voter ID

    30 July 2018

    Ministers have come under renewed pressure to halt plans to expand compulsory voter ID pilots.

  • Re: ?

    27 July 2018

    When Diary writes an email it sometimes agonises over what to put in the subject line.

  • Ministers back company delay

    27 July 2018

    Ministers have approved a request for Worcestershire CC’s new children’s social care company to be launched six months later than planned.

  • Complaints increase while satisfaction drops

    25 July 2018

    Complaints to the ombudsman have increased by 3.5% while Smith Square data has revealed the lowest level of residents’ satisfaction with councils since polling began.