Slough backs away from second chief in as many months
Slough Council has backed away from yet another chief executive choice at the last moment.
Spending Review to decide bonus future
The future of the New Homes Bonus rests on next year’s departmental spending review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed.
Chief's arrival lifts Melton morale
The arrival of a new chief executive at Melton BC has ‘lifted staff spirits and morale,’ a group of Local Government Association peers has found.
Crunch meetings avoid overspend
Luton Council’s chief executive Trevor Holden has held a series of meetings with his corporate directors to bring back spending within budget.
Hotel levy talks over Commonwealth Games
Talks between Birmingham City Council and the Government over how the Commonwealth Games will be funded are continuing, The MJ understands.
East Anglia devolution back on agenda
An influential council leader has urged his colleagues to resurrect plans for devolution to East Anglia.
LGA urged to act on LOBO loans
Campaigners have called for Smith Square to investigate and pursue the brokers, banks and advisers ‘complicit in the misselling’ controversial Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loans.
Leader pushes ahead with commercialisation despite setbacks
The leader of Aylesbury Vale DC has insisted recent setbacks have not dented the council’s commercialisation drive.
Council to develop £5m property investment portfolio
Cheshire East Council will develop a £5m property investment portfolio to give it an additional income stream that will help achieve a balanced budget.
Sunak steps up pressure on peer challenge
New local government minister Rishi Sunak has said Whitehall is 'very keen' that every council hosts a corporate peer challenge.
Devolution framework 'almost done'
The Government's new devolution framework is 'almost done,' communities secretary Sajid Javid has insisted.
Porter: Play nicely or Government will impose reorganisation
The chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Porter, has warned the sector to 'stop fighting and play nicely' or Whitehall will impose reorganisation.
Javid says he needs 'stronger case' on HRA
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has urged the sector to use headroom in the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) to boost his case for further action.
Javid and Gwynne clash over finance settlement
Communities secretary Sajid Javid clashed today with his Labour rival Andrew Gwynne over errors in the provisional settlement as he saw off a threatened rebellion.
Nine out of 10 plan to use PWLB
More and more councils are making use of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB), research by The MJ and LGiU think-tank has found.
Expert in warning over funding review complexities
The complexity of the local government fair funding review could make it difficult to develop a ‘fair and workable system’ in time for April 2020, a sector expert has warned.
Pressure grows for HRA cap action
Key sector figures have piled further pressure on the Government over the Housing Revenue Account cap.
EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised
One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.
The MJ/LGiU finance survey: The balancing act continues
Children's services has emerged as the new biggest risk facing the sector, overtaking adult social care, according to this year's The MJ/LGiU finance survey.
Gwynne demands Javid resignation for 'misleading' House of Commons
Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has demanded the resignation of his counterpart Sajid Javid after the minister admitted he knew the data behind the provisional finance settlement was wrong.