Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
Solace Summit: loans board rate hike 'an attempt to change behaviour' of councils
The Treasury’s decision to increase the interest rate of the Public Work’s Loans Board (PWLB) was a blatant attempt to alter local authority spending behaviour, a senior economist has claimed.
Boosting Britain needs more than a fistful of Bills
Following the Queen's Speech, Heather Jameson says that personally her glass is at least half-full. But as the Prime Minister prepares to boost Britain after we leave the EU, Government policy is looking somewhat paradoxical.
Devolution, Brexit and health pledge tops agenda
Heather Jameson says the Queen’s Speech could be the shortest-lived legislative plan in history – but if the Government has time to deliver just some of the measures there is lots of legislation for local government
Queen's Speech: Latest
See all The MJ's coverage of the Queen's Speech, from Brexit to devolution, voter ID and plans to tackle violent crime
Queen's speech: Devo Bill expected in first Queen's Speech since 2017
Devolution is expected to feature in today’s Queen’s Speech as the Government outlines its planned legislation for the first time since 2017.
Plans for voter ID bill branded 'dangerous and undemocratic'
Plans to introduce voter ID across the whole country have been branded ‘dangerous, misguided and undemocratic’ by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS).
Thanet deputy chief cleared of misconduct
Allegations of misconduct against the deputy chief executive of Thanet DC have been dropped, The MJ understands.
Treasury hikes PWLB rate amid investment fears
Councils’ investments plans have been dealt a blow as the Treasury announced a rate hike to the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB).
Homelessness needs proper investment and commitment
Shelter Scotland has launched legal action against Glasgow City Council, claiming that it needs more temporary beds for those presenting as homeless. Heather Jameson argues it needs far fewer and that people should be helped into permanent homes.
St Helens hires interim chief
St Helens MBC has appointed the retired chief of Blackburn with Darwen Council as its interim chief.
Sheffield chief executive ends 11-year tenure
Sheffield City Council chief executive John Mothersole has announced he will retire at the end of the year
West Sussex interims leave in wake of chief suspension
Two interim director have left West Sussex CC in the wake of chief executive Nathan Elvery’s suspension, The MJ has learnt.
Glasgow faces legal battle over homeless services
Shelter Scotland has launched a legal battle against Glasgow City Council over failures in its homelessness service.
Devolution legislation planned for Queen's Speech
The Government is planning to launch the next round of devolution legislation in the Queen’s Speech, The MJ understands.
Heather Jameson talks to Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor, about the main challenges facing the combined authority, the region’s devolution deal, and putting party politics to one side to work with the Northern Powerhouse minister.
Is the new team up for more devolution?
A deep understanding of devolution runs through the core of the current Government, says Heather Jameson - 'not least that it is the only answer to the Brexit voters hitting back at remote democracy'.
Metro mayors call for place-based funding
England’s nine metro mayors have urged the Government to take a place-based approach to funding in the 2020 Spending Review.
Javid promises devo White Paper
A new White Paper to devolve more powers to local areas was announced in the Chancellor’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester today.
West Sussex chief suspended
West Sussex CC chief executive Nathan Elvery has been suspended, following a problems at the council’s children’s services department.
Amid Brexit confusion, what about LEPs?
Would it not be better to build strong, accountable devolution across the whole country and hand powers, responsibilities and funding to the combined authorities, asks Heather Jameson.