Councils face a double whammy of new costs if prime minister Theresa May implements her hastily-revised social care plan after the General Election, experts have warned.
Plan to put poor performing kids’ services in trust slammed
Conservative manifesto plans to strip children’s services responsibilities from the ‘weakest councils’ have been attacked as a ‘short-sighted and inefficient response to under-performance’.
Clear framework will ‘aid devolution’
County councils and experts have welcomed a Conservative Party manifesto pledge to create a devolution framework and ditch the mayoral requirement for rural areas.
Uncertainty over rates retention
Local government finance experts have questioned whether the next government will push ahead with the policy of 100% business rates retention.
Engaging with the electorate
Bob Neill says Britain requires an ambitious, forward looking vision for adult social care, health and housing.
Parties promise less austerity but little more on devolution
Local government received a passing mention in last week’s party manifestos but their main focus was on tax and spend and controversial plans for health and care. Michael Burton reports.
White Van Man on . . . social care
Let’s face it, old people run this country ‘cos they’ve got nothing better to do in the day than go and vote, and the canny little sods make sure they vote for a party that feather beds their endless old age.
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.
Rebooting the devolution agenda
Sean Nolan looks at the results of the English mayoral elections and assesses what is next on the agenda.
Borrowing drops ahead of General Election
The Government has been handed good news on the public finances with the last official figures before the General Election showing a drop in borrowing.
The Tory social care policy is a stinker, but what else is on offer?
Theresa May's social care policy is a stinker, but the proposals have broken new ground in many important ways, writes Adam Lent.
Tory ID check plan could 'put people off voting'
Plans in the Conservative manifesto to introduce voter identification across the UK are ‘overbearing and counterproductive,’ electoral campaigners have argued.
Lib Dems promise greater power for councils
The Lib Dems have announced they will drastically reduce the powers of central government ministers to interfere in democratically-elected local government.
Not a successful campaign
Some people have a knack for betting on the winning horse – others don’t.
Labour is sick but it is not yet terminal
Labour is like a very ill patient that refuses to die, but Ben Page predicts the party's demise is some way off.
In the real world the storm clouds are gathering
As the parties make hollow pre-election promises, Michael Burton warns there are serious questions to be answered about the future of public spending.
Key questions for the next Government
Elections are a time of change and local government will need to address their impact, says Pete Moore.
Electoral administrators ‘close to quitting’ as they feel the strain
Electoral administrators are under severe strain as they prepare for a snap General Election just a month after local and mayoral polls, The MJ has been told.
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.
Labour’s manifesto lacks a commitment to localism
The Labour Party bills itself as the party of devolution, but Heather Jameson argues its manifesto offers less devolution and more sucking of the state back up to the centre.