Austerity must be eased
Heather Jameson says that without the return of business rates or a solution to the social care crisis, the only option must be the easing of austerity.
We can help you achieve your objectives, Westminster
Jo Miller looks at the current state of the state and argues local government could make best use of the public purse because it understands the unintended consequences of Westminster policies.
Lower-tier councils pull out of Sheffield devolution deal
Bassetlaw DC has become the second lower-tier council to back away from participation in the Sheffield city region’s devolution bid.
The big opportunity for local government
The Government is heavily exposed to backbench revolts – not just on Brexit but on public sector funding. Michael Burton reports on last week’s election, which could give local government the best opportunity to press home its case in decades.
Javid back in communities post
Private concerns about Sajid Javid’s commitment to local government have greeted his reappointment to the role of communities secretary.
Snap election costs Barwell his seat
The snap election called by Theresa May to shore up her majority in the run up to Brexit has delivered a hung parliament instead – and lost a key player for local government his seat.
A bulging in-tray awaits the communities secretary next week
From community cohesion to business rates, devolution and adult social care, whoever walks into Marsham Street next week will have a lot of paperwork to go through.
Tired, but defiant, officials ready for polling day
Polling stations have opened their doors for the General Election today, with exhausted-but-defiant council officials prepared for security threats following a series of terror attacks.
We need to get our foot in the door of Number 10
Lord Porter calls on the sector to ensure, whoever is next in No.10, that it gets its foot in that door.
Rates relief guidance finalised
Whitehall guidance on its latest business rates relief plan has finally been delivered to councils, allowing town halls to adjust bills for many small businesses.
No replacement for Bulbeck
Teinbridge DC’s chief executive, Nicola Bulbeck, will step down in June after fulfilling her duties as the acting returning officer for the General Election.
Councils hit with burden of creating rates relief schemes
District councils are having to come up with separate discretionary business rates relief schemes with little guidance from the Government.
Vigilance urged after cyber hack
Councils cannot be complacent and must continue to invest in cyber-security to cope with the sort of attack that paralysed NHS IT systems, experts have warned.
DCLG cuts sector-led improvement grant
The Department for Communities and Local Government will provide a £21m grant for sector-led improvement in 2017/18, it has been confirmed.
Tories reveal local government approach in manifesto
The Conservatives have revealed a raft of policies on social care, business rates, devolution, housing and children’s services in their manifesto published today.
Whitehall urged to referee sector’s NHS disputes over rates relief
Shadow minister Jim McMahon has called for the Government to intervene in the dispute between councils and NHS trusts over business rates relief.
DLCG accused of response delays
MPs have criticised the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for hampering their work in scrutinising councils.
Sector doubts over future plan as 100% rates retention is put on ice
Dissent over 100% business rates retention is growing in the sector after it was put on ice by the calling of the General Election, The MJ understands.
The next PM must deliver on pledges to boost council autonomy
Whichever party wins the General elections, they must deliver on promises made to increase autonomy in local government and increase our ability to plan for a sustainable future, writes Claire Kober.
MP predicts reorganisation revamp
A backbench Tory MP who is leading the campaign against local government reorganisation in Dorset believes the Government’s approach will change after the General Election.