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It would be ‘unacceptable’ if local government shied away from taking risks on commercial activities ahead of reform in 2020, a finance expert has said.

Sector shake-up will cause ‘major upheaval’

Experts fear council reorganisation could lead to an ‘incoherent and inconsistent’ model of local government, as disputes continue across the country.

Plymouth hits back in union subscriptions row

One of England’s largest city councils has accused the Government of trying to ‘criminalise’ authorities that collect trade union subscriptions through payroll.

Cheshire West and Chester scoops top council accolade

Cheshire West and Chester Council was last night named as winner of The MJ’s Best Achieving Council category in a glittering awards ceremony attended by 900 guests.

Core Cities issue devolution declaration

Leaders of the Core Cities group today launched a devolution declaration aimed at setting urban areas free to drive economic growth and deliver place-based integrated services.

MJ Future Forum 15: Council chiefs call for inspection overhaul

Senior local government leaders have united over calls to overhaul multi-agency inspection.

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Miliband launches Labour’s 5 May manifesto

Labour leader, Ed Miliband, kicked-off his party’s manifesto for the local elections last week, claiming his party would be the ‘first line of defence’ against cuts to council services.

Leeds City Region confirms top choice for Enterprise Zone

The Leeds City Region LEP has confirmed that Aire Valley Leeds is their preferred location for an Enterprise Zone.

London Councils questions Socitm strike web-survey

London Councils dispute claims made by IT group Socitm that ten of the capital’s boroughs were a 'web-fail' on 30 November 'day of action.'