Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
Unlocking the problems of centralisation
As the UK prepares to leave the EU, Core Cities chair Cllr Judith Blake tells Heather Jameson what cities have to offer on the economy, democracy and devolution in a post-Brexit world.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘I want to be the best partner for local government’
Heather Jameson talks to communities secretary Sajid Javid about the progress of devolution, future funding, partnership working with the sector and that speech at the LGA conference...
Devolution is dead: Long live devolution
Rumours of the death of devolution have been greatly exaggerated, it would seem, if the secretary of state is to be believed.
Javid’s renewed rally for devo
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has urged council leaders to ‘put the party politics aside’ for the sake of devolution.
Improvement panel to remain in Birmingham
The team brought in to turn Birmingham City Council around has backtracked on its plans to withdraw.
Core Cities’ bold move amid a Brexit-focused tide
We are living with a one-policy government with complete inertia when it comes to anything outside Brexit, writes Heather Jameson as Core Cities are forced to bypass ministers to meet with EU negotiator Michael Barnier.
Core Cities bypass ministers to meet top EU Brexit chief
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will meet directly with the Core Cities’ leaders and mayors after their efforts to engage the UK Government were snubbed.
Devo could boost the economy by £90bn, say Core Cities
Devolving more power to our cities could boost the country’s economy by up to £90bn a year, the Core Cities have suggested.
McDonnell: Do not let officers determine policies
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has warned Labour councillors not to let their officers determine the policies of their councils.
Brum leader Clancy steps down amid growing pressure
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy has stepped down amid growing pressure from the media and central government.
Javid calls for urgent update on Brum
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has called for an urgent update on what is happening in Birmingham, as the leader faces calls to step down.
It’s time to put an end to the head banging
Local government is being pummeled harder than ever. Heather Jameson argues the sector should be granted some respite to resolve some of the problems.
Working together to bring CSE justice in Newcastle
In the wake of the shocking sexual exploitation cases in Newcastle, Heather Jameson talks to Pat Ritchie, the council's chief executive, about the challenges of working effectively with police, supporting victims and preventing future crimes.
The Government has to address its housing policy
Heather Jameson says it is time the Government stopped burying its head in the sand on complex social issues - especially in the wake of Grenfell.
Money is just a small part of the problem
Despite the sector’s hard work, too often we fail kids in care and those we turn away, writes Heather Jameson.
Brum improvement team set to withdraw
The team brought in to help Birmingham turn itself around has called on the secretary of state to let it step back in light of improvements and the new management team in place.
Councils need to come up Trumps on building trust
While British local government hasn’t reached the depths of the Trump administration when it comes to farce, the sector does need to build trust, to communicate and to engage the public more effectively, writes Heather Jameson.
Parker to take on Jersey role
Westminster chief executive Charlie Parker has been announced as the new chief of the States of Jersey.
Keeping watch at the heart of democracy
Local government is undergoing some of the most profound changes in its history. Heather Jameson talks to Mike King about the evolving role of the Ombudsman during this period of flux.
PODCAST: People, passion and progress
In the latest Public Intelligence/The MJ leadership podcast Baroness Scott explains how Wiltshire CC has moved from an old-fashioned ethos to a modern business. Heather Jameson reports.