• EXCLUSIVE: Fresh demand for place-based budgets

    21 August 2019

    A fresh demand for place-based budgets has been made by the co-chair of an independent panel that first made the call five years ago.

  • Committee in council confidence risk warning

    21 August 2019

    Confidence in councils to provide vital services is at risk of being damaged, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has said in a damning report released today.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Brexit blow as councils miss MHCLG deadline

    20 August 2019

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick’s flagship Brexit policy has been dealt a blow after dozens of councils missed the deadline for nominating a lead officer.

  • Blame it on the Brexit

    20 August 2019

    Brexit has been blamed for a lot of things since the referendum in 2016.

  • Effecting change in more ways than one

    20 August 2019

    Saima Ashraf has journeyed a long way to get to her current position of deputy leader of Barking & Dagenham LBC – and she has used her story to encourage other BME women to aim high within the sector.

  • Time to wake up

    20 August 2019

    Paul Wheeler says the ‘slow death of capable local political leadership’ is hopefully a wake-up call to parties to invest in and support local politics.

  • Everyday Britain's silent crisis in care

    20 August 2019

    Ben Page says that while Britain is bothering about Brexit and more this summer, hardly anyone is paying attention to the 'much less talked about' crisis in children's services that's 'becoming acute'.

  • Chief executives will get access to the guidance, knowledge and support they need

    20 August 2019

    Joanne Roney says she intends to ensure Solace provides accessible and self-managed development options to all in a timely and appropriate format.

  • Planning stability will drive housebuilding growth

    15 August 2019

    Joe Ridgeon says as we wrestle with a protracted housing crisis, ‘braver and brighter new thinking and adopting land reform can surely offer one possible way forward’.

  • Under pressure

    14 August 2019

    The tragedy of local government is that over a decade of pressure, the urgent has crowded out the important and the big picture has been obscured by the struggle to survive. Dr Jonathan Carr-West asks: how do we move from ‘better’ to ‘different’?

  • Public servants must work together to navigate turbulent times

    14 August 2019

    Graeme McDonald says the uncertain political waters we're in require greater emphasis on the need for genuine collaboration and on resisting the temptation to become entrenched in our organisational perspectives.

  • Give councils the powers, funding and tools they need to deliver

    14 August 2019

    James Jamieson has a message for Boris Johnson: Give us the powers, freedoms, flexibilities and funding and we will deliver your post-Brexit vision that transforms this country for the better.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Jenrick pledges to improve Brexit communications

    13 August 2019

    New local government secretary Robert Jenrick has promised to make communication from Whitehall on Brexit more streamlined and clearer than in the past, The MJ understands.

  • Directors urge action ahead of new immigration rules

    13 August 2019

    The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has urged action as Government considers whether to exempt the care sector from new immigration rules.

  • LGA airs its Brexit fears

    08 August 2019

    New communities secretary Robert Jenrick has attempted to soothe Local Government Association (LGA) Brexit concerns after hearing them directly at a crunch Marsham Street meeting.

  • Put councils at the heart of Brexit planning

    06 August 2019

    As the Government throws money at Brexit preparations, the role of local goverment is still being underestimated, argues Heather Jameson.

  • White Van Man on... Brexit spending

    06 August 2019

    Where do they find all this money for Brexit?

  • Road to recovery

    06 August 2019

    Dan Peters assesses the options available to local authorities as many begin to struggle with schools grant deficit recovery plans.

  • Grounds to be optimistic - but let's not get carried away

    06 August 2019

    Andrew Carter says there are reasons to be optimistic about an urban policy renaissance under this Government - but the most significant intervention Boris Johnson could do for cities is to agree a deal with the EU.

  • Jenrick excluded from daily Brexit committee

    06 August 2019

    Concerns have been raised about Marsham Street’s influence on Brexit matters in Whitehall.