Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
Shout if you want to be heard over the media storm
Local government finance has received rare media attention - but much of the commentary has been simplistic and dumbed down. Heather Jameson urges the sector to shout louder or risk losing the battle for hearts and minds.
Super councils get the go-ahead
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead to create two new ‘super districts’ with the councils in Suffolk.
Is this cash injection too little too late?
In the aftermath of the first Section 114 notice in nearly 20 years, and a meagre increase in the finance finance settlement, Heather Jameson considers the state of local government finance
The age of post-heroic leadership
Long gone are the days of macho management culture and heroic leadership. Heather Jameson speaks to two of the sector’s leading chief executives about the new era, where collaboration culture trumps command and control.
Richmond and Wandsworth: The power of two
Paul Martin speaks to Heather Jameson about Richmond upon Thames RLBC and Wandsworth LBC's shared services arrangements.
Call for Government intervention at Liverpool
The former leader of Liverpool City Council, Mike Storey, has called for the Government to intervene at the authority.
Northamptonshire issues s114 amid growing cash crisis
Northamptonshire CC’s director of finance has issued a section 114 order, calling a halt to spending at the cash-strapped authority.
Superhumans wanted – for a fair wage
If local government wants to thrive, it needs to be able to attract the best talent, writes Heather Jameson.
Rotherham: a place that needed good news
Rotherham MBC has finally achieved a positive Ofsted rating. The council is now trying to turn around the town's tarnished reputation. Heather Jameson reports.
Rotherham's children's services rated 'good' by Ofsted
Rotherham Council’s children’s services have been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, following three years of Government intervention in the aftermath of the child sexual exploitation scandal.
Stand united and speak with one voice for public services
Voices in local government are not being raised in union, and this needs to change, writes Heather Jameson.
Council HQ caught up in gas leak alert
Staff are returning to work at Westminster City Councils offices in the Strand after being evacuated due to a gas leak in central London.
Why Carillion’s plight is a warning to us all
Carillion's demise has led to calls to bring everything back in house. Heather Jameson argues a blanket approach to a very nuanced issue is not viable.
From the heart of London to an island economy
Ahead of his move to become chief executive of the States of Jersey, Charlie Parker tells Heather Jameson about his time at Westminster and the challenges that lie ahead.
'The finance system is broken beyond the next few years'
With the provisional local government finance settlement published so late in the day before Christmas, you could be forgiven for missing it. Heather Jameson reveals analyses the impact of a 1% council tax increase.
The more it changes, the more it stays the same
Heather Jameson on the recent cabinet reshuffle and the sector's prospects for the coming year.
Finance settlement offers no lifeline to the struggling sector
Sajid Javid may have offered enough to potential Tory rebel MPs, but the funding crisis in local government will remain, argues Heather Jameson.
Lifting the council tax cap is just passing the buck
The finance settlement could remove the council tax raising cap, but this would hardly be a win for local government, Heather Jameson argues.
Councils should scrutinise LEPs, say MPs
Councils and combined authorities should be able to scrutinise Local Enterprise Partnership (LEPs), MPs have claimed.
Scots Budget reveals plan to increase income tax bands
The Scottish Government has unveiled a draft budget which raises income tax in a bid to raise an extra £164m to pay for public services.