• Place making and net-zero 'key tenets' in planning reforms

    22 October 2021

    Place making, net-zero and good design will be priorities for the Government's planning reforms, a top mandarin has said.

  • Gove: My most exciting job yet

    21 October 2021

    New communities secretary Michael Gove has argued that the renaming of his department is a ‘sign of confidence in local government’.

  • Living in limbo

    20 October 2021

    As delays in confirming the successful bids for Community Renewal Fund cash drag on and councils remain in the dark about the upcoming UK Shared Prosperity Fund, local government leaders are running out of patience. Naomi Larsson reports.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Questions over taskforce purpose

    19 October 2021

    Local government associations have called for ministers to define the purpose of a new taskforce ahead of April’s launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), The MJ understands.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Gove to be quizzed on councillor security

    19 October 2021

    MPs are to question local government secretary Michael Gove on the security of councillors following last week’s fatal attack on MP David Amess.

  • Bexley withdraws capitalisation request

    13 October 2021

    The council said ‘sound financial planning’ meant it would not need the extra funds to balance its books.

  • Be-side themselves

    12 October 2021

    Junior minister Neil O’Brien may be new in post, but he may already be endearing himself to local government.

  • D-Luck of the draw

    12 October 2021

    After weeks of painstaking research (well, asking anyone who may know) Diary can reveal the answer to the burning question on everyone’s lips – just how are we pronouncing the acronym of the new Government department that oversees local government?

  • EXCLUSIVE: Government admits Everyone In data gap

    11 October 2021

    The Government has admitted it has no idea how many rough sleepers housed under Everyone In have returned to the streets.

  • DLUHC dilemma

    06 October 2021

    Come rain or shine – mostly rain of late – The MJ is always on hand to ask the difficult questions in local government.

  • A clearer path?

    05 October 2021

    David Phillips says the Spending Review cannot bring councils funding certainty but it can bring clarity – and the Government should still use it to answer some key questions.

  • Let’s ground levelling up

    05 October 2021

    The LGiU has set out the six core principles that must inform the approach to levelling up from now on. Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains.

  • Bristol seeks help over ‘worrying’ schools deficit

    01 October 2021

    The council has approached the Government for support with a deficit in its schools budget.

  • Future Forum: Councils, not Whitehall, are leaders of place

    30 September 2021

    Civil service ‘heads of place’ should not supplant councillors, Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive Mark Lloyd has said.

  • Michael Gove must ensure councils get the resources and freedoms they need

    27 September 2021

    With significant ministerial changes at the top of the newly-named Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities there will be many big issues on the agenda, not least how councils can support levelling up plans, says James Jamieson.

  • A golden age for local government could lie ahead

    27 September 2021

    Far from being dealt a poor hand, local government looks to be a winner from the reshuffle, says Claire Kober.

  • Government ‘serious about levelling up’

    27 September 2021

    New ministerial arrivals at the renamed Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) show a renewed commitment to its flagship policy, a report has said.

  • A familiar face in a beefed-up role

    24 September 2021

    As Michael Gove steps intro the newly-styled Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Heather Jameson charts his rise and realism on tackling the country’s current challenges.

  • Pressure grows on government over funds announcement

    24 September 2021

    Scotland’s council leaders have called for the UK Government to announce the outcome of applications to the community renewal and levelling up funds without delay.

  • Back to the future for Gove

    23 September 2021

    The newly renamed communities department with its enhanced brief to deliver levelling up has shades of John Prescott and his regional agenda suggests Michael Burton