• Financial uncertainty forcing councils to award shorter contracts

    21 August 2017

    The Government should offer subsidised loans to cash-strapped councils to encourage them to award longer contracts to organisations that support children with mental health difficulties, a think-tank has urged.

  • Where’s Wally?

    09 August 2017

    Given the current Brexit-based turmoil in which Britain has increasingly become embroiled, Diary could surely be forgiven for assuming that the man who, ahem, ‘masterminded’ the EU Referendum vote had long fled abroad.

  • Replace lost EU funding, council leaders tell government

    28 July 2017

    Local government has called on the Government to meet its pledge to replace lost EU regeneration funding.

  • Aberdeen to be worst hit by Brexit - report

    27 July 2017

    Aberdeen is most likely to be the hardest hit in the case of either a hard or soft Brexit, according to a new report.

  • Horwood gets interim MD role

    26 July 2017

    Waverley BC has appointed an interim managing director and head of paid service.

  • Uncertainty and a lack of DCLG capacity is hampering progress

    26 July 2017

    Abdool Kara looks at the uncertainty facing local authorities and the depleting capacity in central government.

  • Call to scrap Barnett formula after Brexit

    26 July 2017

    The controversial Barnett formula should be scrapped following Brexit and replaced with a needs-based funding regime, an influential group of peers has urged.

  • High costs make it hard to keep staff

    19 July 2017

    Unaffordable housing and costly transport are the top two reasons why businesses in London find it difficult to retain staff, a new survey has revealed.

  • Core Cities' Brexit call

    18 July 2017

    The leaders of the UK’s biggest cities this week called on the Government give them greater discretion to deal with the consequences of Brexit.

  • Devolve all property taxes to the Mayor of London, says new report

    13 July 2017

    All property taxes should be devolved to the Mayor of London to pilot reforms in a bid to protect the capital’s economy post-Brexit, according to a report by think tank the Centre for London.

  • Council chiefs urged to 'seize the day'

    06 July 2017

    Local authorities should ‘seize the day’ to secure inward investment for their areas, a former Government adviser has urged.

  • Leese: Skills system is a mess

    05 July 2017

    The leader of Manchester City Council has described the current skills system as a ‘mess’ as he laid out a vision for the future.

  • ‘Unleash county powers for growth

    05 July 2017

    Devolution of public spending and tax-raising powers to county councils would boost England’s economy and lift it back to pre-Brexit growth rates, new research has suggested.

  • Sector ‘lacks vision’ for devo

    05 July 2017

    Local government has been criticised for failing to present a compelling vision of decentralisation and reform amid uncertainty over the future of formerly flagship devolution policies.

  • Full county devolution could be perfect tonic

    04 July 2017

    The Government should be ambitious and seriously consider full fiscal devolution to county areas, argues chairman of the County Councils' Network, Cllr Paul Carter.

  • Report: Unleash sleeping county giants

    04 July 2017

    Devolution of public spending and tax raising powers to county councils would boost England’s economy and lift it back to pre-Brexit growth rates, new research has suggested.

  • Simmonds beats Carter to lead LGA Tories

    30 June 2017

    Hillingdon LBC’s deputy leader has seen off competition from the County Councils’ Network’s chairman to be named leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative group.

  • The local state we are in – and where to go from here

    29 June 2017

    Fresh off the heels of PwC's 'Local State We're In' survey, Jonathan House looks at how local government can respond to the new sets of challenges it is faced with - from cyber attacks to public sector reform.

  • Dawn Baxendale: Chiefs have lost their public service raison d’être

    28 June 2017

    Dawn Baxendale speaks to Sam Clayden about how Southampton City Council – and local government as a whole – will be grappling with an increasingly uncertain future

  • ‘There is more that unites us than divides us’

    28 June 2017

    Echoing the words of the late Jo Cox MP, Bob Neill argues a cross-party, cross-government approach in Whitehall and town halls can help solve some of the country’s most complex challenges.