The Government was this week battling to persuade the sector it remains committed to devolution and directly-elected mayors amid speculation of a policy shift.
Local authority reserve funds down for first time since 2011
The total amount of reserves held by local authorities in England has fallen for the first time in five years, according to the latest official figures.
LGA warns of pay to stay's unseen complexities
Council leaders have warned the Government’s new pay to stay policy will generate ‘nowhere near the financial return’ originally promised.
Staff call for post-Brexit settlement rethink
More than three-quarters of council staff believe the Government should rethink its four-year funding settlement to local government following the EU referendum.
LGA demands academy auditing powers
Councils want to claw back control of school auditing responsibilities as leaders challenge Whitehall over a string of spending abuses by academies and free schools.
MP: Reorganisation plan is suicide mission
A MP has described plans to merge Dorset councils as a ‘suicide mission’ ahead of a consultation on splitting the county into two unitaries.
Sajid Javid is yet to make his mark on local government policy but his rhetoric on council budgets could be a cause for concern, says Heather Jameson
Take control of the Powerhouse
The future of the Northern Powerhouse does not rely on central government alone and councils must build momentum behind the agenda, says Ed Cox
Let’s equip ourselves for change
In his final column before switching to Redbridge LBC, the NLGN’s Simon Parker highlights the importance of local authorities adopting – and making the most of – a digital way of working
Rates research has some surprises
CCN director Simon Edwards on what can be learnt from research ahead of the single biggest local government shake-up in modern times.
Director of South East England Councils Heather Bolton gives health secretary Jeremy Hunt eight ways to ensure councils can play a full role in STPs.
Going for Gold in local government
Heather Jameson urges local government to harness the spirit of Team GB, and build pride, confidence and joy in communities.
Heather Jameson speaks to Claire Kober, new chair of London Councils, about devolution post-Brexit and how this will impact Londoners
Time is fast approaching on the issue of business rates retention, and local government has a lot to mull over. Dan Peters looks at what issues the steering group will need to address before a response is made.