• Councils to appeal 'town hall Pravdas' ruling

    14 June 2019

    Waltham Forest and Hackney LBCs will appeal after a judge backed Government attempts to stop them publishing a council newspaper every two weeks.

  • Information sharing tensions found in child harm review

    12 June 2019

    Legal and ethical tensions between maintaining confidentiality and sharing information are continuing, a review of some of the most serious child protection cases in Scotland has found.

  • Council preparations for Brexit 'hampered' by Whitehall

    06 June 2019

    Whitehall’s lack of focus and co-ordination ‘hampered’ councils’ preparations for Brexit in the run-up to April 12, a Local Government Association (LGA) report has said.

  • EXCLUSIVE: New protocol to ease council tensions

    04 June 2019

    A protocol encouraging best practice between councils will be drawn up by the Local Government Association (LGA) as tensions grow around increasing out of area placements, The MJ understands.

  • Data demand over settled status bids

    18 April 2019

    Councils have refused to give up after their request to access Home Office data on application rates for settled status was knocked back.

  • Good Grief

    27 February 2019

    Council press officers often have to deal with difficult and awkward journalists.And so it is apt that South Derbyshire DC has a press officer called Sue Grief.

  • The £1m question: How corporate are you? 

    21 February 2019

    As we approach the end of the financial year senior managers anxiously request projections. Will the budget be overspent or underspent? It will be one or the other, says Blair Mcpherson.

  • No Hastings retreat here

    19 February 2019

    Diary has recently been listening to Mark Steel’s Radio 4 series in which the comic visits various towns around the country.

  • MHCLG: Councils are not doing enough to prepare for Brexit

    04 February 2019

    Councils are not doing enough to prepare for Brexit and need to step up their game, the concerned Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has told sector figures.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Brokenshire gets Brexit breakdown from chiefs

    31 January 2019

    Chief executives have told communities secretary James Brokenshire Whitehall needs to be more joined up between departments and in its communications with councils over Brexit.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils warn Whitehall of Brexit risks

    16 January 2019

    Councils this week started to formally inform Whitehall about their Brexit risk assessments amid fears of crime spikes, public demonstrations and food bottlenecks.

  • Allied Healthcare winds up council contracts

    23 November 2018

    A major care services provider is winding up all its contracts with local authorities after the regulator warned it was about to go bust.

  • Social media: steering a path

    21 November 2018

    Research by The MJ and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives shows approximately seven out of 10 council bosses use Twitter for work – but Dan Peters wonders if they are making the most of the ‘huge benefits’ social media can offer

  • Harriss gets top job at Harrow

    19 November 2018

    Harrow LBC has appointed Sean Harriss to be its new chief executive, taking over from interim boss Tom Whiting next year.

  • See the world through the public’s eyes

    13 November 2018

    How can councils embrace emerging technologies to foster a new relationship with the people and communities they serve? Paul Deegan, local public services lead partner at PwC, explores the issue.

  • Local democracy reporters aid transparency

    07 November 2018

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service – the new BBC scheme that attempts to fill the gap in the reporting of local democracy issues – is already having an impact, reports Dan Peters

  • The power of perceptions

    31 October 2018

    Managing perceptions and changing behaviour are set to become critical for councils – and Mark Fletcher-Brown says what works in commerce could also be usefully applied in public services

  • Riordan calls for social media abuse clampdown

    11 September 2018

    One of local government’s most active Twitter users has urged social media sites to act to eradicate abuse aimed at public figures.

  • Telling the truthful story of local government finance

    04 September 2018

    Our ability to communicate in different ways with residents is something we are aware of but in today’s financial climate we don’t seek to enrich our conversations with customers, writes Tony Kirkham.

  • We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boast

    16 August 2018

    We must be grateful in these quiet days of August that many hard-working folk in local government continue to slave away at their desks.