Setting out our stalls ahead of the Autumn Budget
As we move to set our own budgets and medium-term financial plans, we have to remain vigilant to all the emerging risks and pressures in a continually uncertain world, writes Adele Taylor.
Javid: Sector must rebuild public trust
Councils have been warned they are facing a ‘looming crisis in confidence’ in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire by communities secretary Sajid Javid.
Council’s ‘dire finances’ under scrutiny by MPs
A council has denied it is being run ‘incompetently’ after its MP flagged up the state of its finances with ministers.
What London chiefs think about the Autumn Statement…
A group of London council chief executives were invited by The MJ and PwC to give their views on the last ever Autumn Statement. Michael Burton reports on their key conclusions.
The long road back
The Autumn Statement may have given little cheer to local government, but the spring Budget may hold some hope for more devolution to the capital, says Cllr Claire Kober
Taking evidence from the Autumn Statement, Ian Miller considers whether the Government's supposed priorities stand up to scrutiny.
Ministers have no choice but to grasp the care nettle
Michael Burton urges ministers to raise social care cash nationally. After all, the public is up for it.
Sector hits back at PM
Town hall leaders have hit back at government claims that councils may be partly responsible for the crisis in social care funding.
Goodbye 2016 and hello to another turbulent year
Heather Jameson looks back on one difficult year for local government and forward to another.
Failure to fund social care is a 'moral issue and false economy'
Ministers have been urged to turn back £5.5bn of real terms cuts after fresh NHS figures revealed yet another record breaking month for delayed transfers.
The Northern Powerhouse must be driven from within
Questions about the virtues of the Northern Powerhouse may have eased off, but Ed Cox says its time for politicians and business leaders to drive the agenda forward from the bottom up.
No part of the public sector is an island
Louise Round explains why the lack of social care funding is an issue for district authorities too.
Come what May…
Dan Corry considers the outcome of the rather grim inaugural fiscal announcement of the new May Government
Taking the temperature at The MJ’s Future Forum North
Editorial director Michael Burton on what he learnt from our latest event
One in four LEPs ‘not accountable to electorate’
One in four local enterprise partnerships admit they are not accountable to their local electorate, newly-published research by the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed.
Future Forum North: Call to 'grab attendance allowance'
Several chief executives have called on local government to seize powers over attendance allowance as part of business rates retention.
EXCLUSIVE: 70% want Whitehall to spend more on local services
More than 70% of voters think government should spend more on local services, according to a new report by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).
Local government is staring into the unknown
After chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement failed to ease the uncertainty facing local government, Heather Jameson argues that the sector has sunk back to the bottom of the Government's list of priorities.
PM urged to tackle ‘social care crisis’
An ex-health secretary has called on the prime minister to intervene in the social care crisis after it was ignored in the Autumn Statement.
White Van Man on . . . the Autumn Statement 2016
Let’s face it, we were bust six years ago when all the City wideboys landed us in the proverbials with their dodgy deals which would make Arthur Daley blush and yet six years later we’re still bust.