Michael Burton

Michael Burton

Michael Burton is editorial director of The MJ
  • Two Scots councils set for level four

    27 October 2020

    Two Scottish local authority areas are in line for a new severe level four lockdown according to a letter from the Scottish government to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.


  • Blue wall rebels call for economic kickstart

    27 October 2020

    Northern Tory MPs led by the former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry have urged their government to kickstart its promised ‘levelling up’ agenda with a Northern Economic Recovery Plan.


  • Think tank calls for rates reform

    26 October 2020

    Council tax and business rates should be reformed as part of a major overhaul of the UK’s tax system says a new study from the free market think-tank the Centre for Policy Studies.


  • Coronavirus leads to scrapping of three-year Spending Review

    21 October 2020

    Plans to create a three-year settlement for public spending have been abandoned as latest figures show the havoc coronavirus is wreaking on the public finances.


  • IFS urges delay to cuts and tax rises

    13 October 2020

    Spending cuts and tax rises to rebalance the public finances should be delayed until 2022 to allow the economy to recover, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said.


  • Digitising the front door to care

    12 October 2020

    A new 'white paper' report by consultancy Agilisys outlines how technology can help lead the rethink of the care sector. Author Steve Morgan talks to Michael Burton of The MJ about some of the solutions.


  • Javid calls for 'fresh look at local government'

    05 October 2020

    Former communities secretary Sajid Javid has called for a ‘fresh look at local government’.


  • Aberdeen named council of the year at MJ Awards

    02 October 2020

    Aberdeen City Council has been named Local Authority of the Year in The MJ’s first virtual local government awards.


  • Hours left before MJ virtual awards

    01 October 2020

    The MJ’s first virtual awards takes place tomorrow – and there is still time to register to view.


  • Facing down the pandemic

    29 September 2020

    A line-up of 13 top speakers delivered The MJ’s first virtual Future Forum on lessons learned from the pandemic and the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. Michael Burton and Heather Jameson report on the conclusions.


  • Public sector debt hits 50-year high

    25 September 2020

    Total public sector debt has breached the £100bn mark for the first time since 1961, according to latest finance figures from the Office for National Statistics.


  • Mind the gap in Scotland

    08 September 2020

    The latest figures show Scotland’s deficit between income and spending compared to the deficit for the whole of the UK has widened. Michael Burton delves into the statistics.


  • Retail chiefs call for more rate relief as Sunak considers tax hikes

    01 September 2020

    Retail chiefs have urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend business rate relief just as he plans tax rises to reduce the £2 trillion hole in the public finances.


  • Scots deficit widens in blow to nationalists

    27 August 2020

    In a blow to Scottish separatists Scotland’s notional deficit widened to 8.6% of gross domestic product (GDP) last year according to latest official figures.


  • UK council finances 'hardest hit in Europe, claims Moody's

    26 August 2020

    UK local authorities are set to be hardest hit financially by the coronavirus among the five largest European economies says a report from Moody’s Investors Services.


  • Housing targets hit Tory shires most, ministers are warned

    25 August 2020

    Ministers have been warned that proposed changes to the housing targets formula outlined earlier this month could mean more developments in rural Conservative-held council areas than in Labour-held inner cities.


  • Lockdown havoc on finance figures

    21 August 2020

    Public debt has bust the £2 trillion mark for the first time, up by £227.6bn over the same time last year as the lockdown wreaks havoc on the public finance figures.


  • Public health must not be downplayed by PHE’s abolition

    19 August 2020

    To start tearing down structures like PHE while the pandemic still rages and when the wider preventative issues of public health have been recognised as integral to slowing down the spread of the virus seems reckless, says Michael Burton.


  • IFS finds £2bn budget black hole

    18 August 2020

    Councils face a budget black hole of £2bn this year due to unfunded coronavirus costs, a new study has found.


  • A demolition job on the planning system

    18 August 2020

    The Prime Minister regards the new planning White Paper as ‘levelling the foundations’ of the present system but critics say it emasculates the role of local authorities. Michael Burton takes a look at what the paper proposes.