Government to look again at rates revaluation
Sajid Javid has promised to work with the chancellor to support the small businesses that will be hit hardest by the rates revaluation.
Whitehall remains tight-lipped about 2018/19 rates pilots
Whitehall has refused to disclose details of discussions it has had with potential rate retention pilot areas that could test the new system from 2018/19.
Whitehall review of kids’ services paused
A Whitehall review looking at the role of local authorities in relation to children has been shelved, The MJ understands.
Specialist needs migrant children ‘can leave councils with £90k gap’
Councils can face a funding gap of up to £90,000 for unaccompanied child migrants with specialist needs, town halls have warned.
Rogers prepares Brum exit
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy had a ‘gun to his head’ before deciding to oust chief executive Mark Rogers, a source has claimed.
Capital’s sub-regions fight for cash streams
London sub-regions are struggling to get central government to take them seriously as they battle to get funding streams devolved, The MJ has learned.
Sector warned to ‘plan for survival’
Local authorities have been urged to stop being overly-optimistic and ‘plan for the worst’.
EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall-backed leadership drive latest austerity casualty
A ‘powerful’ new leadership offer for local government backed by No 10 is the latest casualty of shifting Whitehall priorities, The MJ can reveal.
Hammond gets some wriggle room
Chancellor Philip Hammond has received a pre-Budget boost with latest figures showing the deficit is down to its lowest level since 2008.
Javid ignores calls for more council funding
Whitehall has ignored local government’s calls for new council funding in 2017/18, leaving senior sector figures ‘hugely disappointed’.
Council cuts could scupper transformation
Whitehall’s failure to fund local government could scupper ‘ambitious’ NHS plans to transform health and care, according to a new report by The King’s Fund.
Call for IR35 delay
Senior local government personnel have urged Whitehall to delay the introduction of strict new anti-tax avoidance rules for public sector contractors.
LGA: Council tax rises will not stop deep cuts
Council tax rises designed to tackle the social care funding crisis will not prevent deep cuts to other local public services, town halls have warned.
Shapps wades into revaluation row
A former local government minister has waded into the ongoing row over business rates revaluation.
Business rate reforms 'could be illegal'
Business leaders believe the Government’s planned block on appeals against incorrect rates valuations may be ‘illegal’ and have urged Whitehall to rethink its policy.
Percy gives west of England devo go-ahead
Communities minister Andrew Percy has given the go-ahead for the west of England combined authority headed by a directly-elected mayor.
£40m for CSE not enough - councils
Councils have warned a £40m package of Government measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, is not enough.
Social care system in 'imminent' danger
One in eight older people are failing to get the care they need, demonstrating the ‘imminent’ danger the social care system is in, a charity has warned today.
New burdens doctrine to continue
The new burdens doctrine will continue beyond 2020, the Government has confirmed.
Nikileaks spills the beans
Sometimes things happen in politics that are so absurd they don’t seem believable enough for fiction.