Paul Marinko

  • Hartlepool call for fairer funding

    11 August 2021

    A cross-party demand for fairer council tax and local government funding has been sent to Secretary of State Robert Jenrick by Hartlepool BC.


  • Cumbria launches legal battle against reorganisation

    10 August 2021

    Cumbria CC has launched a legal challenge to the Government’s plans to create two unitary authorities for the county.


  • Essex draws on reserves to fund legal dispute

    10 August 2021

    Essex CC is drawing down £13m of reserves to fund an ongoing legal dispute over a failed waste scheme.


  • Cash-strapped council dumps LOBO loan

    09 August 2021

    Cash-strapped Liverpool City Council is to swap £65m of loans for £107m of debt in order to cut interest payments.


  • Council exit payments halved

    04 August 2021

    The Government has revealed exit payments by English councils have more than halved in the last seven years.


  • Council drive to tackle staff shortages

    03 August 2021

    Dacorum BC has started retraining workers to drive waste lorry in a bid to tackle a national shortage of qualified drivers and the impact of the pandemic.


  • Unions urge pinged staff to isolate

    02 August 2021

    Unions have urged waste and recycling staff to stay at home if ‘pinged’ by the COVID-19 app despite several councils having to reduce or suspend services.


  • Shropshire chief exit payment revealed

    02 August 2021

    Shropshire Council has revealed its former chief executive received a severance payment of more than £124,000.


  • Environmental health risks being 'hollowed out'

    15 June 2021

    More than half of English councils are not taking on environmental health trainees and apprentices due to funding and capacity issues, a survey has found.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils urged to 'sharpen commercial edge'

    15 June 2021

    A new report has argued that allowing councils to sharpen their commercial edge will ‘unlock immense latent place potential’ and help ‘galvanise recovery’.


  • Redcar & Cleveland reduces cyber-attack cost estimate

    15 June 2021

    Redcar & Cleveland BC has recalculated the cost of the cyber-attack it suffered down by £1.7m.


  • Cardiff boosts reserves in pandemic

    15 June 2021

    Cardiff City Council’s reserves increased by £48m despite the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.


  • Business leaders make planning plea

    14 June 2021

    Business leaders have demanded ‘properly resourced and upskilled local planning departments’ so carbon reduction and nature can be at the heart of the planning system.


  • Unpicking the pilots

    02 June 2021

    The Government’s quick reversal of its stay local guidance in new variant surge areas has led to calls for clear messaging from the centre, says Paul Marinko. He also looks at the rationale behind pilot initiatives to enhance self-isolation rates.


  • No accord on levelling up

    05 May 2021

    An analysis by Localis calls the Government’s Plan for Growth ‘a centralist strategy’ in which ‘the question of devolution is not given much emphasis’. It's not surprising that confidence in the programme seems to be draining away, says Paul Marinko.


  • The risks of Sunak’s freeports

    08 April 2021

    The freeports policy is poised to be a main plank of the levelling up agenda. But there are concerns they could become hotspots for organised crime – risks that could lead to significant extra burdens for councils. Paul Marinko reports.


  • Will the voices of the South be heard on devo?

    15 April 2020

    Paul Marinko examines the prospects for devolution deals for the South of England – and concludes that if ministers are hoping for grand reorganisation plans for grabbing some of the ‘devolution cake’, they may be disappointed.


  • Councils' plea to support voluntary sector

    31 March 2020

    A group of councils has written to the Government demanding action to protect community organisations during the coronavirus crisis.


  • Gateshead to look at bring housing back in-house

    30 March 2020

    Gateshead MBC is to formally consult on proposals to bring its housing services back in-house.


  • Jenrick: Centres bring together public services in virus response

    30 March 2020

    Strategic co-ordination centres are being formed across the country with the nation on an ‘emergency footing’ to tackle coronavirus.