Cumbria continues legal battle against reorganisation
The county council is opposed to the Government’s decision to replace the county council and six district councils with two unitaries.
Devolve to deliver levelling up?
Paul McDermott and Julian Jarrett look at how to best secure local involvement and accountability in delivering levelling up.
Levelling up White Paper to deliver planning reform hints
Hints about the future direction of the Government’s planning reforms are expected to be revealed in next month’s levelling up White Paper, The MJ understands.
Elections at 'risk of failure'
A deluge of reforms to elections is putting the system at risk of failure, officials have warned.
Minister ‘minded’ to intervene at Sandwell Council
The Government is considering sending in commissions into Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council due to its failure to ‘resolve a variety of governance issues.’
Levelling up: extreme measures
Dan Peters looks at the list of performance indicators chosen by Government for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and asks just how well is it performing so far.
Will Gove strengthen the DLUHC’s role in Whitehall?
Levelling up runs through each department’s outcome delivery plans. If Michael Gove is successful in fixing it the sector could be in pole position over the next few years, says Robert Pollock.
Relax planning rules to stimulate growth
Creating Levelling Up Investment Areas would empower Government and councils to transform places across the UK, writes Jason Longhurst.
Fifty councils fail to hit housing targets
A ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ is imposed upon any local authority that fails to deliver at least 75% of its target number of housing over the past three years.
Districts call for new homes bonus certainty
District councils have called for long-term certainty over the future of the dwindling new homes bonus (NHB).
There's a whiff of purpose once more on devolution
Devolution should rock the status quo and create a new culture of governance which pushes everyone who currently holds decision-making power out of their comfort zones, says deputy chief executive of New Local Jessica Studdert.
Finance reforms to be unveiled in spring
Proposals to overhaul the local government finance system will be published in the spring, a minister has confirmed.
Councils turn to reorganisation after ‘running out of ideas’
Local government minister Kemi Badenoch has questioned the reasoning behind some authorities’ reorganisation bids.
Third commissioner to join Slough
Essex CC chief executive Gavin Jones has been appointed as assistant commissioner following a request from lead commissioner Max Caller.
Gove reveals new cladding plan
Michael Gove has vowed to use the law or increase taxes on developers if they refuse to pay for the removal of unsafe cladding.
More delays to levelling up White Paper could hinder outcomes
Jack Shaw says further delays to the the levelling up White Paper will make the decisions the Government will need to take even more difficult - and politically time is not on its side.
£25m scheme to protect rough sleepers launched
Councils have been tasked with accommodating and vaccinating people sleeping rough in response to the surge in COVID-19 infection rates.
Gove unveils £54bn finance settlement
The provisional local government finance settlement for 2022-23 represents an additional 4% increase compared to 2021-22 - but the sector fears it is not enough.
Not top-down reform – but beware the bottom-up push
While we have ruled out top-down reorganisation of local government, the prospect of forcing bottom-up reform remains, says Heather Jameson.
EXCLUSIVE: New core funding model mooted for LRFs
Whitehall officials are considering a rollout of core funding for local resilience forums (LRFs) as part of a revised national strategy to be published in March.