Councils have the local support to do what they must
As local government works hard to revive local economic activity and resume normality, there is strong support from its communities for it to do whatever it takes, according to Ben Page.
Dame Louise Casey to get peerage
Dame Louise Casey has been nominated to sit in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer in the latest list released today.
PM announces new powers for local lockdown
Councils will get new powers to shut down premises in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus as we head towards the next phase of the pandemic, the Prime Minister has announced.
Care chiefs reject Boris' COVID claims
Care chiefs have rejected claims by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that it was their lack of vigilance that led to a high number of coronavirus deaths in care homes.
Boris sets off on the COVID comeback trail
Boris Johnson’s speech in Dudley was ‘a mastery of political tub-thumpery’, says Heather Jameson. ‘But beyond the soundbites, much of the PM’s speech was a rehash of manifesto commitments and pre-announced cash.'
Starmer challenges PM over council funding
Prime minister Boris Johnson was forced to deny he has been slow to act on council funding during a Parliamentary clash with Labour leader Keir Starmer yesterday.
Johnson launches racial equality commission
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set up a cross-government commission to look at ‘all aspects’ of racial inequality in the UK including health and employment following the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
EXCLUSIVE: Local areas left in the dark by government
Central government excluded local partners from key intelligence and failed to share enough information, hampering the response to coronavirus, an interim operational review leaked to The MJ has found.
CV19 – DEVO3.0
Steve Barwick outlines three reasons why COVID-19 is creating the shift in public opinion and institutional reality that makes the next chapter of ‘better wider, deeper’ devolution more likely.
Now is not the time for Westminster to tighten its centralising grip
Reducing the spread of the virus requires Westminster to loosen the reins of power and to trust decision-makers in local and combined authorities to know what is right for their communities, argues Sarah Longlands.
Boris: Councils have to 'do what it takes' to beat crisis
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told local government it has to ‘do what it takes’ to beat the coronavirus crisis.
Electoral Commission calls for autumn polls
May’s local elections should be postponed until the autumn, the Electoral Commission has said.
PM should 'get on and deliver devo'
The Prime Minister understands the importance of fiscal devolution, he now needs to get on and deliver it, London’s most prominent councillor has claimed.
Reflections on a reshuffle
Bob Neill looks at what the latest Cabinet reshuffle will mean to local government and why the sector has to get its feet under the top table – now.
Northern Powerhouse 'downgrade' in reshuffle
The Government has been accused of ‘downgrading’ the Northern Powerhouse in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle.
This year’s model
As the tenth Conservative housing minister in a decade assumes the position, Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran assesses the political and policy challenges in the light of last week’s reshuffle.
Ministers’ revolving door leads to re-inventing the wheel syndrome
The high turnover of communities secretaries, junior ministers and civil servants in recent years means a real risk of loss of institutional memory, says Michael Burton - and leaves local authorities as the one stable part of governance.
Working class vote is key in the battle for Number 10
Michael Burton says that from both a moral and political perspective a Boris administration will want to channel resources and power to those areas which helped him hang onto the keys to Number 10.
Conservatives call for care consensus in cautious manifesto
The Conservatives are set to keep the council tax cap, seek cross-party consensus on social care reform and toughen powers to tackle illegal traveller encampments if they win the General Election.
Johnson in devolution pledge
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to give more power to people and businesses in the North.