Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
ONS data will help councils tackle child abuse
The ONS has undertaken the mammoth task of attempting to map child abuse nationally, says Heather Jameson - 'and collating the data will help the sector gain an understanding of where the major problems are and where resources are needed most'.
Starmer pledges new partnership with councillors in leadership bid
Labour leadership hopeful Keir Starmer has written to councillors in a bid to garner support in the election race.
Councils are faring well on finance
Last month, CIPFA published its resilience index tool – and the picture for local government is better than expected. Heather Jameson looks at the data.
Councils still shine after a decade of austerity
CIPFA's new resilence data tool is a 'dataset, not a crystal ball', says Heather Jameson. It shows that despite a decade of cuts, councils have weathered the storm. Wouldn't it be great to see how well they could do when the sun shines, she adds.
Index reveals true scale of town halls’ resilience
Northamptonshire CC is no longer the council most at risk when it comes to its financial stability, data has revealed.
West Sussex to appoint joint chief executive
West Sussex CC has announced a new improvement plan which will see neighbouring East Sussex CC’s chief executive take on a joint chief executive post.
DATA EXCLUSIVE: Resilience index shows just 10% of councils are at financial risk
The ‘majority of councils’ are not showing signs of major financial stress, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy has claimed.
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.