Spring in Breckland’s step
Every day is like a holiday at Breckland DC – at least when it’s raining, anyway.
Davies elected to lead Labour in local government
The leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, Shaun Davies, has been elected to head up the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Labour group.
EXCLUSIVE: Porter warning over fresh reorganisation push
Some district councils may seek unitary status to ensure they can influence the new wave of combined authorities, a senior Conservative councillor has warned.
County areas chase devo dream
County areas are lining up to strike one of the first tranche of devolution deals.
EXCLUSIVE: Porter intervention in waste plans
A former Conservative chairman of the Local Government Association has angrily criticised the Environment Bill’s waste reform proposals.
Porter’s building legacy
Diary favourite, Lord Porter, has been appointed as a non-exec director by communities secretary Robert Jenrick.
LGA removes criticised fire safety guidance from website
The Local Government Association (LGA) finally removed fire safety guidance hosted on its website that had been heavily criticised after the Grenfell Tower blaze.
Lack of data is hampering local responses to new virus variant, says Lord Porter
District councils are unable to deliver a local response to the new variant of COVID-19 due to a lack of ‘accurate, good quality data’, according to Lord Porter of Spalding.
Only chip shop chips will do
At these times of social distancing, the local government Twitterati have perhaps been more active than normal.
Support right across the political divide
In the middle of a ‘brutal’ General Election campaign, Paul Wheeler pays tribute to the Local Government Association’s 20 years of cross-party political leadership programmes and peer reviews
Government's building safety appointment was 'a mistake', says Porter
Former Local Government Association (LGA) chairman Lord Porter has branded the appointment of Dame Judith Hackitt as government adviser on a new building safety regulator ‘a mistake’.
‘Reform of this broken system cannot come soon enough’
The first phase report of the Grenfell public inquiry may have focused on the weaknesses in the fire and rescue service’s response, but there was much for local authorities to take away, says Paul Marinko.
Confidence collapses as statutory services face meltdown
Research by LGA reveals councils will struggle to meet legal obligations within three years.
The clock is ticking on the push for devolution
There will be little bandwidth for local government policy in the coming months, says Heather Jameson. Her lesson to the victor of the LGA's very own leadership election is: don't wait.
Bringing in the changes
If the Government fails to adequately fund local government there is a real risk to the future financial viability of some services and councils, writes Mark Lloyd as the LGA annual conference gets into full swing.
Councils must fill the vacuum at the top of government
Some might argue that central Government should be the sector to provide the reassurance to local government that it has a clue about what to do next, says Michael Burton
Jamieson beats Simmonds and Fleming to take over from Porter
Central Bedfordshire Council leader James Jamieson will be the next Local Government Association (LGA) chairman, The MJ understands.
LGA politics in a time of turmoil
As the sector descends on Bournemouth for the Local Government Association conference this week, the four political groups outline their priorities for the coming year.
Devolution agenda ‘going backwards’ – Lord Porter
The devolution agenda has ‘gone backwards,’ the outgoing chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), Lord Porter, has said.
Lord Gary Porter of Spalding, chairman of the Local Government Association, is getting ready to step down after his four-year term. Heather Jameson talks to him about his legacy – and the highs and lows of his time at the top.