• DCLG’s Royal appointment

    26 April 2017

    The country is currently in the chaotic grip of General Election and Brexit fever. But there is one event that would surely blow these out of the water - the death of the Queen.

  • 4 Wheel Drive Woman on Eric Pickles

    26 April 2017

    Gosh, Tarquin, this talk of a General Election is absolutely exhausting.

  • Growing our own talent

    26 April 2017

    Local government is in a period of unprecedented change. New PPMA president Caroline Nugent outlines her priorities for the rocky year ahead to Sam Clayden.

  • Doomed to success?

    26 April 2017

    The snap election has shunted full business rates retention into the sidings. But does the sector now face delay or abandonment of what had been slated as the biggest revolution in local government finance for generations? Jonathan Werran reports.

  • The sector must be heard

    26 April 2017

    Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.

  • Call to arms: sector must speak with one voice

    26 April 2017

    Local government has been urged to shine a spotlight on the important agendas likely to be crowded out by Brexit wrangling and the General Election.

  • Warning over ‘proxy vote’ as elections clash

    26 April 2017

    The local elections could be turned into a ‘proxy vote on party politics and Brexit’ by the General Election weeks later, a think-tank boss has warned.

  • Universal local services 'hardest hit' by cuts

    25 April 2017

    Local government will soon spend just half of what central government pays out for public services, new research has revealed.

  • Blue sky thinking

    20 April 2017

    The ongoing battle over council boundaries is likely to be put on the back burner for a while after the calling of a General Election.

  • Don’t let the election derail public sector reforms

    20 April 2017

    As another General Election looms, Heather Jameson says there are a host of domestic policy challenges which lead directly to local government’s door.

  • Election casts doubt on 100% retention plan

    19 April 2017

    Plans to roll out 100% business rates retention from April 2019 have been thrown into the air by the calling of the General Election.

  • CIPFA warning as General Election called

    18 April 2017

    MPs should not use the snap General Election to make ‘undeliverable promises’ about the future funding of public services, experts have warned.

  • Rethinking the role of civil society

    10 April 2017

    Dan Corry argues for a resurrection of civil society to generate human capital, social enterprise, ideas, networks, practical help and wellbeing.

  • Ministers urged to ‘protect EU citizens’ employment rights’

    05 April 2017

    A major local government partner has urged ministers to protect the rights of EU nationals already working in the UK ahead of Brexit.

  • The sector must not be ignored in Brexit negotiations

    05 April 2017

    Michael Burton says local government must not find itself elbowed to the back of the queue during Brexit negotiations, despite being up against some powerful lobbyists.

  • Brexit: The next chapter for local government

    05 April 2017

    The prime minister triggered Article 50 last week, firing the UK into one of the most crucial periods of its modern history. Mark Conrad investigates the risks and opportunities for local government as the country negotiates its exit from the EU

  • Norway calling

    05 April 2017

    Diary is always impressed by the breadth of information that goes into writing council reports.

  • Brexit will have 'profound implications' for public services

    04 April 2017

    The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will have ‘profound’ implications for public services, but should be viewed as a catalyst for reform, experts have claimed.

  • Johnson: Scotland could use debt as bargaining chip

    31 March 2017

    Scotland could use its share of the national debt as a bargaining chip in the independence debate, according to the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

  • Lloyd: Councils continuing to pull it off with great aplomb

    31 March 2017

    Councils are continuing to thrive despite unprecedented cuts over the last 10 years,’ the chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.