Heather Jameson

Heather Jameson

Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
  • Ministers in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

    16 April 2024

    The letter on councils’ productivity, sent by local government minister Simon Hoare this week, borders on farcical, says Heather Jameson.

  • Agency will need to work with councils

    10 April 2024

    Homes England chief executive Peter Denton has vowed to refocus efforts on delivering new housing in a market that desperately needs it, says Heather Jameson.

  • How to build a healthy economy

    08 April 2024

    Social care, often seen as a millstone for councils facing financial challenges, has been turned into an opportunity by Stockton-on-Tees BC to create inclusive growth and tackle health inequalities all at once, writes Heather Jameson.

  • Has the time come to go ‘full Nye’ and innovate?

    03 April 2024

    Reform has called for health to be given to local government. Heather Jameson says: 'It is unlikely under the existing government, while Labour currently looks more likely to centralise social care than localise national health.'

  • Crises to continue as we lurch towards a General Election

    26 March 2024

    The MJ's 24-hour Future Forum summit cantered through a collection of catastrophes, says Heather Jameson. 'Perhaps we ought to conclude that watching local government is more like the Anatomy of a Fall. But at least it’s not quite Oppenheimer. Yet.'

  • Solace at 50

    20 March 2024

    As Solace hits its 50th anniversary – alongside the anniversary of the 1974 local government reorganisation – Heather Jameson looks at the highlights of an essay collection launched to mark the occasion.

  • Wanted: fiscal reform not fiscal frustration

    20 March 2024

    'To bemoan any Government’s inability to take difficult political decisions when it has been in power for 14 years is to wriggle out of collective responsibility', says Heather Jameson.

  • Brum may turn to MD to cover chief exec exit

    20 March 2024

    Birmingham City Council could hire a managing director to replace its departing chief executive, The MJ understands.

  • Structures should be 'rationalised,' Hoare tells DCN

    14 March 2024

    Council funding should have been reformed by now and structures need to be ‘rationalised’ the local government minister told the District Councils’ Network (DCN) conference.

  • Cadman steps down as Birmingham chief

    13 March 2024

    Deborah Cadman is to stand down as chief executive of Birmingham City Council after almost three years at the council.

  • A quick fix – but is there any choice?

    13 March 2024

    With news of capitalisation directions being given to several councils, Heather Jameson asks if this risky measure – designed to provide fiscal support – will ultimately provide greater problems down the line.

  • Has the levelling up agenda died or is it only resting?

    13 March 2024

    Levelling-up's recent political incarnation was designed to appeal to voters with a four-year attention span, says Heather Jameson. 'It was only a matter of time before the public noticed there was little life in the bird.'

  • Budget: Chancellor launches productivity push

    06 March 2024

    Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has unveiled a Budget with little respite for local government but demands for increased public sector productivity.

  • 'Scorched earth' Budget likely to offer little for local government

    06 March 2024

    Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is expected to unveil a ‘scorched earth’ Budget today, slashing National Insurance and leaving little left for public services.

  • Easing finances creates perverse incentives for failure

    06 March 2024

    Capitalisation directions reward councils that are financially failing with the ability to raise taxes and borrow more - lumping future generations with a legacy of both inherited debt and decades of underfunded services, says Heather Jameson.

  • What are the chances of a Budget boost?

    27 February 2024

    New SIGOMA analysis highlights the huge decline in funding in recent years and the sector desperately needs a boost, says Heather Jameson. 'But the chances of one arriving in a tax-slashing pre-election Budget are slim.'

  • Birmingham 'worse' than commissioners feared

    22 February 2024

    The situation in Birmingham City Council is worse than commissioners expected, a report to the secretary of state has claimed.

  • Council tax bands need a regional overhaul

    13 February 2024

    Heather Jameson asks: 'Will any incoming government rush to reform council tax? Will they be braver and take on wider public finance reform?'

  • Local government figures made peers

    12 February 2024

    Local government has been recognised in the latest round of peerages, with two senior figures heading to the House of Lords. 

  • It’s time for a ‘big bang’ to fix our workforce

    06 February 2024

    'There is a need to rethink workloads across the public sector, to harness new technologies to do the grunt work while staff focus on the things only people can provide', says Heather Jameson.