Whitehall

  • Reflections on a reshuffle

    25 February 2020

    Bob Neill looks at what the latest Cabinet reshuffle will mean to local government and why the sector has to get its feet under the top table – now.


  • Contract changes prompt strike threat

    25 February 2020

    Unison members in Tower Hamlets LBC are to strike in protest at contract changes the union claims are being forced on workers.


  • City region deal to be signed

    25 February 2020

    The Stirling and Clackmannanshire city region deal will be signed by council leaders and representatives of the UK and Scottish governments today.


  • Extra council tax bands call

    24 February 2020

    Former Treasury chief secretary David Gauke has called on chancellor Rishi Sunak to add additional council tax bands in next month's Budget.


  • Social care 'tipping point in nine years'

    24 February 2020

    Failings by councils and government mean the crisis in social care and specialist housing for older people will reach a tipping point in nine years, law firm Irwin Mitchell has warned.


  • Pre-Budget boost for Sunak

    21 February 2020

    New chancellor Rishi Sunak has received a pre-Budget boost on the public finances, with latest figures showing a record January for tax receipts.


  • Government told to 'stop dithering' over fair funding

    20 February 2020

    Stockton-on-Tees BC’s leader has called on the Government to ‘stop dithering’ and tell councils how they will be funded beyond next year.


  • Councils demand extra planning powers

    19 February 2020

    Councils have called on the Government to use its White Paper to give them powers to take action on unbuilt land that has planning permission.


  • Cabinet shuffle spells balance, not bonanza

    19 February 2020

    Last week's reshuffle may have left Robert Jenrick as communities secretary, but Rishi Sunak's role as chancellor could be just as vital for local government, says Heather Jameson


  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils call for say in devo White Paper

    18 February 2020

    Councils are battling to ‘jointly craft’ the devolution White Paper ahead of its publication later this year.


  • Planning White Paper to promote US-style zoning

    18 February 2020

    The upcoming planning White Paper is expected to promote a US-style zoning approach.


  • Northern Powerhouse 'downgrade' in reshuffle

    18 February 2020

    The Government has been accused of ‘downgrading’ the Northern Powerhouse in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle.


  • Community tensions rise amid Coronavirus outbreak

    17 February 2020

    Reports of increasing community tensions ‘across multiple areas’ have been picked up by the Government as the international Coronavirus crisis continues to worsen.


  • Councils consider judicial review amid SEND crisis

    17 February 2020

    Councils are starting to talk to lawyers about a potential judicial review of the Government amid a crisis in special educational needs and disability (SEND).


  • Jenrick activates Bellwin after storm

    17 February 2020

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has activated the Bellwin scheme, providing emergency financial assistance for councils affected by Storm Dennis.


  • This year’s model

    17 February 2020

    As the tenth Conservative housing minister in a decade assumes the position, Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran assesses the political and policy challenges in the light of last week’s reshuffle.


  • Call for new audit board

    14 February 2020

    An independent review has been urged to back the creation of a board to oversee the local audit system.


  • Chancellor resigns but Jenrick stays at MHCLG in cabinet reshuffle

    13 February 2020

    Sajid Javid has resigned as chancellor, but Robert Jenrick remains local government secretary after Prime Minister Boris Johnson carried out a wide-ranging reshuffle of his cabinet.


  • Corridors of power

    12 February 2020

    Treasury special adviser Jim Penny is enjoying a pint with his party HQ colleague Sam


  • Westminster mouse party

    12 February 2020

    During the political chaos of last year, ministers resigned from Theresa May’s Government like rats leaving a sinking ship.