Leicester mayor criticises business support U-turn
Leicester City Council’s mayor has criticised an apparent government U-turn over the provision of extra financial support to businesses during its extended coronavirus lockdown.
Building back greener growth needs a joint effort
It seems that even the business lobby is now on board with devolution, says Heather Jameson - and now 'we will need national, local and regional government working with the private sector to tackle the climate change and the economic crises ahead'.
CBI backs 'turbo charged' devolution
The business community will now back ‘turbo charged’ devolution, the director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) told a Core Cities seminar last week.
Councils in local virus data call
Councils have called for the Government to go further after it finally started to publish more coronavirus testing data.
UN expresses 'serious concern' over cladding
The United Nations’ special rapporteur on adequate housing has expressed ‘serious concern’ that 600,000 people in England continue to live in blocks with dangerous cladding.
Mitie and Interserve Support Services to merge
Outsourcer Mitie has proposed to merge with facilities management firm Interserve Support Services by the end of the year in a £271m deal.
Bonds agency lost more than £1m
The UK Municipal Bonds Agency (UKMBA) lost more than £1m in the two years up to the end of November 2019, the company’s accounts have revealed.
RSA calls for investment in regional banks
Councils should invest in shares in their regional bank, a charity has urged.
Rugby's Norburn to leave sector
Rugby BC’s most senior officer has announced his departure more than 30 years after joining the council.
Government extends rules to stop high street evictions
New guidelines have been put in place to stop high street businesses from being evicted over the summer.
Councils urged to re-appraise in-sourcing
Local authorities have been urged to look at what they could do better than outsourcers in the wake of the collapse of Carillion.
PR strategist's hall of shame
Diary is inundated with press releases, speeches and blog posts on a regular basis.
Councils back community bank
Wirral MBC has joined forces with Preston and Liverpool city councils to support the opening of a community bank.
Manchester poised to bring housing management in-house
A review of the city council’s housing company has proposed to insource the management of its stock
Council to sell Bristol Energy
Bristol City Council has given the go-ahead to put its loss-making energy company up for sale.
£50m coronavirus high street fund unveiled
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published guidance for the ‘Reopening High Streets Safely’ fund.
EXCLUSIVE: Four months before action taken on second business rates error
Senior Whitehall officials were not told about a second major error in the administration of business rate pilots until four months after it was flagged, The MJ has learnt.
How councils are tackling the business rates challenge during COVID-19
As we face the coronavirus crisis, many businesses are going digital in a bid to sustain service delivery, says Civica's Tony Hunter
Call to 'shore up' worst-hit local economies
The Government should ‘shore up’ the local economies worst affected by coronavirus before levelling up, the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) think-tank has said.
Councils call for single supply system for PPE
Councils have called for a single system for the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid local government employees being treated as ‘second class workers’.