Government borrowing hits four-year high
The next Chancellor faces a disappointing batch of figures on the public finances with borrowing in June at its highest for that month in four years.
Heseltine in call for new department for the regions
A new department for the regions should be established, former deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has argued.
Criticism over pace of change at Grenfell council
‘Strategic weaknesses’ are preventing Kensington and Chelsea LBC from becoming a ‘high performing’ council, according to a panel.
Unlawful pensions judgement will apply to local government
Council pension schemes will be affected by a legal ruling that found proposed changes unlawfully discriminatory.
Civil servants argue voter registration overhaul is too expensive
Senior Whitehall officials have told peers simplifying the voter registration system would be too costly.
MPs: Government waste strategy overly-prescriptive
The Government’s proposed waste strategy is ‘overly-prescriptive’ and local authorities should be given the freedom to tailor their approach, MPs have said.
Promised housing cash withdrawn
Millions of pounds of housing investment announced with great fanfare by the Government has been withdrawn.
Youth service review launched
A review has been launched into statutory guidance for councils on youth service provision.
EXCLUSIVE: Dawes in 'internal focus' warning
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) top mandarin has warned council chiefs that the department will have an internal focus for a while, The MJ understands.
Universal Credit draining council resources
Universal Credit (UC) is draining resources from councils, a new survey has found.
Emergency settlement call as councils face financial cliff-edge
Calls have been made by a think-tank for a one-year emergency local government settlement with councils facing a ‘financial cliff-edge’.
£65m Growth Deal is 'game-changer' for Moray
Moray has secured £65m for its Growth Deal in an agreement that has been heralded as a ‘game-changer’.
Emergency planning has suffered under budget cuts - mandarin
‘Drastic cuts’ to council budgets have contributed to a lack of resources for emergency planning, a civil servant has warned.
Councils hit out at standardisation drive
Council figures have hit out at a government consultation to standardise recycling across the country.
Call for delay to finance system reforms
A group of London councils have called for the Government to delay its overhaul of the local government finance system until after Brexit.
Cut for IDeA's sector-led improvement grant
The Government has again chipped away at the grant for sector-led improvement and moved to expand the organisations that can spend the cash.
EU funding replacement delay 'huge concern' for councils
Ongoing delays and uncertainty on the detail of a new scheme to replace EU funding is a huge concern for councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
EXCLUSIVE: Improvement model proposed for troubled Brum
Troubled Birmingham City Council has come up with plans for a new improvement model in its latest plans to avoid Government intervention.
EXCLUSIVE: Brum's Baxendale quits for New Zealand
Birmingham City Council chief executive Dawn Baxendale is departing to take up a new post at Christchurch City Council in New Zealand after just over a year in post.
ADCS conference: Whitehall officials concede new model's limitations
A new model that will assess the distribution of funding for children’s services will have its limitations, Whitehall officials have admitted.