General Election

  • Octogenarians’ Olympiad

    28 June 2017

    With pesky prolonged purdah out of the way, local government folk are under pressure to rush information into the public domain.


  • White Van Man on ... the DUP deal

    28 June 2017

    Funny how on the one hand the Government can suddenly find a billion quid to give out in bribes when it keeps telling us it hasn’t got two pennies to rub together.


  • Dawn Baxendale: Chiefs have lost their public service raison d’être

    28 June 2017

    Dawn Baxendale speaks to Sam Clayden about how Southampton City Council – and local government as a whole – will be grappling with an increasingly uncertain future


  • Local Government Finance Bill: A big let-down for the sector

    28 June 2017

    With a parliamentary agenda lacking much in terms of legislation for the next two years aside from a series of Bills aimed at delivering a ‘smooth and orderly’ Brexit, Sam Clayden reports on the sector’s reaction to last week's Queen's Speech.


  • DUP deal won’t change Barnett calculations

    28 June 2017

    The Conservative-DUP deal will have no impact on Barnett formula calculations, Treasury sources have confirmed.


  • Where next for local government financial reform?

    26 June 2017

    With the falling of the Local Government Finance Bill, the IFS's David Phillips assesses where this leaves reforms to the sector's finance system.


  • Central government inertia spells opportunities for cities

    26 June 2017

    Central inertia and growing concern about the economy presents real opportunities for city leaders to show their fundamental importance, writes Patrick White.


  • Fuller beats Saint to DCN role

    23 June 2017

    South Norfolk DC leader, Cllr John Fuller, has thrashed his rival in the two-horse race to become the chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN).


  • ‘Deliver social care green paper,’ ministers are told

    21 June 2017

    Ministers should urgently deliver a social care green paper and resist the temptation to kick it into the long grass after the General Election, county councils warned this week.


  • Councils increase pressure on government as Brexit talks start

    21 June 2017

    Local government negotiators believe the General Election result creates an opportunity for their case to be heard more loudly in Brexit talks.


  • We can help you achieve your objectives, Westminster

    21 June 2017

    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.


  • Hammond hints at easing of austerity

    19 June 2017

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has hinted he could ease some of the financial pressures on local government brought about by prolonged austerity.


  • A new deal

    15 June 2017

    Paul Watson argues any spending concessions the DUP attempts to extract as part of a deal with the Conservatives should be mirrored across the UK, in regions and in local government.


  • Bristol battles to save £5m

    15 June 2017

    Bristol City Council has made a raft of proposals for how to save more than £4.7m.


  • Loony binned

    14 June 2017

    The Monster Raving Loony Party was nowhere in the polls and indeed nowhere when the final results came through – at least something that the pollsters got right.


  • Corridors of Power

    14 June 2017

    The PM (handing envelope): Good afternoon Your Majesty. Please find enclosed some ideas for the Queen’s Speech


  • Portrait of a criminal

    14 June 2017

    If Diary was a better artist, we’d be working on a new subversive epigram making an oh-so-pointed comment about modern Britain.


  • A public sector fit both for today and tomorrow

    14 June 2017

    Amid the political uncertainty at the national level, Lawrence Conway says there are day-to-day issues that require solutions sooner rather than later.


  • Counties can impact the next administration's agenda

    14 June 2017

    There is a growing disquiet as to whether business rate retention offers the solutions to local government's funding needs, argues James Maker as he looks ahead to the Queen's Speech.


  • What happened under the last minority government?

    14 June 2017

    Michael Burton looks back to the last time the UK had a minority government to see what history can teach us about our current political climate.