• IFS: Funding increases have not reversed austerity

    10 June 2024

    Local authorities in England have outspent cash boosts in the past few years, leaving core funding 18% lower per person than at the start of the 2010s, a think-tank has revealed.  

  • Brum boss search still on track

    29 May 2024

    The pace of improvement at Birmingham City Council could be hampered by the surprise General Election, but the appointment of a new £300,000-a-year boss will be unaffected.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Killian lobbied to halt work with watchdog

    07 May 2024

    Sector figures have been lobbied to withdraw engagement and co-operation with the local government watchdog after a national newspaper used its data to rank councils, The MJ understands.

  • Brum equal pay wait goes on

    01 May 2024

    Birmingham City Council faces a further wait before declaring its official equal pay liabilities after auditors warned ‘we have yet to receive the evidence we need to complete our work’.

  • Gove could launch police inquiry for Birmingham

    01 May 2024

    Reports the levelling up secretary could send a police chief in to investigate financial mismanagement in Birmingham City Council have resurfaced on the eve of local elections.

  • 'No appetite' for Scottish equal pay unit

    23 April 2024

    Scottish Government ministers are unlikely to establish a national equal pay unit despite calls from the trade union that led strikes over the snowballing issue.

  • Brum may turn to MD to cover chief exec exit

    20 March 2024

    Birmingham City Council could hire a managing director to replace its departing chief executive, The MJ understands.

  • Cadman steps down as Birmingham chief

    13 March 2024

    Deborah Cadman is to stand down as chief executive of Birmingham City Council after almost three years at the council.

  • Union backs strike at Brum

    04 March 2024

    GMB trade union members at Birmingham City Council have voted overwhelmingly to support strike action over perceived delays in settling equal pay claims.

  • Birmingham 'worse' than commissioners feared

    22 February 2024

    The situation in Birmingham City Council is worse than commissioners expected, a report to the secretary of state has claimed.

  • Birmingham faces 10% council tax hike

    10 January 2024

    Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council could raise council tax by 10% if the Government gives its finance plan the go-ahead.

  • Birmingham outlines £150m cuts programme

    14 December 2023

    Management services will be among the biggest casualties of commissioner-led Birmingham City Council’s £150m cuts programme outlined this week.

  • Brum blame culture still 'largely unaddressed'

    04 December 2023

    Birmingham City Council’s problems of governance and accountability are still ‘largely unaddressed’, despite some gains made by the authority.

  • Job cuts 'inevitable' at Brum

    14 November 2023

    Birmingham City Council is poised to reveal a worse-than-expected financial position as it embarks on a savings drive and ‘inevitable’ job cuts, The MJ has learned.

  • Brum commissioners warn council will need further help to agree lawful budget

    09 November 2023

    Commissioners at Birmingham City Council have warned it will struggle to agree a lawful budget next year without further help.

  • Bradford latest to issue section 114 warning

    31 October 2023

    Bradford City Council has warned it may become the latest to declare an emergency section 114 notice unless it takes urgent action to cut spending.

  • Birmingham 'actively exploring' action against s151

    12 October 2023

    Birmingham City Council is ‘actively exploring’ possible action against its former director of council management Becky Hellard for her role in the collapse of the council.

  • Thinking of a section 114

    11 October 2023

    With Birmingham – the largest local authority in Europe – issuing a section 114 notice recently, the decision of whether to issue one will no doubt be on other local authorities’ minds in the run-up to the festive period, writes chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Rob Whiteman.

  • Employers downplay equal pay risk

    09 October 2023

    Smith Square is monitoring equal pay claims across the sector but remains confident the national job evaluation framework is robust, senior sources have told The MJ.

  • Birmingham commissioners revealed

    05 October 2023

    The team tasked with turning round Birmingham City Council has been announced – including a former Labour minister and a serving council chief.