Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
All we want for Christmas is
In all, 2019 is a year epitomised more by deficiencies than its successes, says Heather Jameson. We are still awaiting the adult social care Green Paper; the Spending Review; the devolution framework; the local government finance settlement.
Harnessing the climate change agenda for our future places
Climate change is a challenge, but the trick will be to harness the agenda to redesign our towns and cities for the future, says Heather Jameson.
XR '12 days of crisis' protests could target town halls
Climate change protesters Extinction Rebellion plan to kick off the next round of protests from 1 December, including plans to target town halls and public buildings.
West Sussex agrees departure of chief
West Sussex CC chief executive Nathan Elvery has left his post after nearly two months on suspension.
Promising the earth, but are they fit for the future?
Heather Jameson says that as we approach 2020, we are greeted by election manifestos appealing more to voters harking back to history, rather than looking toward the future.
Brum wins battle to ban anti LGBT protests
Birmingham City Council has won a court battle to permanently ban anti-LGBT protests outside a local primary school.
Maybe it’s a fresh start for local government
Would the demise of business rates be such a bad thing for local government, asks Heather Jameson
We need 10-year settlements, LGA chairman says
Local government should have 10-year financial settlements to be able to forward plan properly, the Local Government Association (LGA) chairman has suggested.
Lock-change evictions are lawful - court
Scotland’s highest court has ruled lock-change evictions of asylum seekers without a court order are lawful.
Royal Mail wins High Court bid to halt strike
The Royal Mail has won its High Court bid to halt a postal strike in the run up to the General Election amid fears it would hit postal votes.
How are we going to make spending vows a reality?
As the main political parties toss around their policy promises and spending pledges, they face a huge dilemma, says Heather Jameson. Just how much are they willing to raise taxes – or devolve them – to fix this?
High Court to hear Royal Mail's bid to halt pre-election strike
The Royal Mail’s attempts to block a strike in the run up to the General Election will be heard at the High Court today.
IFS research claims councils need billions more in funding
Councils will need billions of extra pounds worth of funding in the next parliament if they are to meet the rising cost of adult social care, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated.
Northants reorg stalled amid election
Plans to reorganise cash-strapped Northamptonshire CC have stalled amid the general election.
Mail launches bid to halt postal strike
The Royal Mail has today launched a High Court bid to halt industrial action, claiming the ballot of its employees had ‘potential irregularities’.
Public spending still lower than pre-recession, says IFS
Planned hikes in public spending would still leave spending in 2020-21 3% lower than it was in 2010-11, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
McDonnell unveils a Northern manifesto
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell will today announce plans to shift the balance of power from Westminster to the North.
York’s rural champions
North Yorkshire CC has launched an independent rural commission, believed to be the first of its kind, to give a fresh perspective on the challenges faced by its deeply rural communities. Heather Jameson takes a look.
We will all pay the price for not spending on care
Heather Jameson says the Government is tinkering on the edges of the welfare reforms in an effort to ease the pressure, but it is not enough. The cost of care is phenomenal – both in terms of the cash and the long-term damage.
EXCLUSIVE: Single tier fear reignited
County councils are being offered the option of unitary local government as part of a devolution deal, The MJ understands.