Government waters down devolution framework plans
Hopes are fading that the Government’s devolution framework will jump-start the agenda when it is finally published.
Northern Irish councils' devolution call
The time is now right to extend the responsibilities of local government in Northern Ireland through greater devolution from Stormont, a new report said today.
Councils urged to shift bond motivation
English local authorities have been urged to shift their motivation for implementing social impact bonds (SIBs) to unleash the creative potential of the tool.
GMB rejects Scottish councils' pay offer
Members of the GMB Scotland trade union have rejected the Scottish local government pay offer, potentially sparking industrial action.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils could face ‘traffic light’ grading on finances
Every council could be publicly graded red, amber or green for financial resilience under plans by finance chiefs to avoid another financial collapse, The MJ has learnt.
Surrey has 'improved' since Parsons Green bomb
Surrey CC has insisted it has made improvements since the Parsons Green bomber partially exploded a device on a tube train, injuring 51 people.
Districts resist council tax support pressure
Districts have hit back at Government pressure for them to pass on cash for local council tax support schemes (LCTS).
Mayors renew skills call
England’s directly-elected regional mayors today renewed their call on the Government for greater devolution of powers and funding over skills.
Lancashire devolution plan revived
Lancashire's council leaders are looking to revive talks with the Government over a devolution deal more than six months after combined authority negotiations broke down.
Secondments stall after Government drops support
A drive to increase secondments between central and local government has stalled after the Cabinet Office backed away from supporting the programme.
Regional employers rebel over pay offer for chiefs
A regional rebellion is building over the national employers’ inferior pay offer for chief executives and senior officers.
Northamptonshire intervention bolsters sector's credit quality
Local government’s high credit quality has been bolstered by the Government’s intervention at Northamptonshire, an expert has said.
Case for Edinburgh tourist tax builds
Edinburgh City Council leader, Cllr Adam McVey, has argued a small tourist levy would be in the ‘best interests’ of residents, businesses and visitors.
Council 'cliff edge' warning
Councils could face a ‘cliff edge’ if assessments of relative needs are fixed for five years and then reset under a new finance model.
Pensions data improvement drive
Local government pension schemes (LGPS) will be visited next week to be given advice on how to improve the data they collect.
Planning Bill progresses despite opposition
Scottish opposition parties have called for changes after expressing concerns about the Government’s proposed Planning Bill.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils take key Prevent strategy role
Councils have been handed administrative control of the controversial Prevent counter-terror strategy, as ministers seek to make it more amenable to communities, The MJ has learned.
Capita commits to sector at crunch meeting
Capita’s new chief executive Jonathan Lewis has met with a number of local government clients to detail his vision for the company.
Bailey to oversee management review at North Somerset
An ex-chief executive of Islington LBC, Local Partnerships and consultancy iMPOWER has been appointed interim boss and head of paid service at North Somerset Council.
Buckinghamshire districts could legally challenge reorganisation
Buckinghamshire’s districts have not ruled out launching a legal challenge against Government plans for a single unitary council, The MJ understands.