Greg Clark

  • Wanted: A cross-party view on SEND

    16 April 2024

    The unwillingness of either of the Government contenders to make future SEND spending commitments risks the problem not getting the pre-election focus it requires, says Greg Clark

  • Clark: Tories and Labour unwilling to address SEND crisis

    15 April 2024

    Labour and the Conservatives have been accused of an ‘unwillingness’ to confront the crisis in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services.

  • Local government loses 'strongest advocate' Rowsell

    22 March 2024

    Tributes have been paid across the local government sector following the sudden death of Paul Rowsell.

  • Heseltine and Clark hit out over LEPs

    19 February 2024

    Two former Conservative Cabinet ministers have hit out at plans to wind up England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP).

  • Clark: Time to simplify local government

    14 June 2023

    The time has come for local government reorganisation and for councils to be given more power, former levelling up secretary Greg Clark has said.

  • Unfinished business

    13 June 2023

    Greg Clark has been local government secretary twice. He speaks to Heather Jameson about the need to do more on devolution, why intervention should be a last resort and the need to talk about a simpler system of local government.

  • Soaring costs feared over social rent caps

    20 September 2022

    Plans to cap social rent rises could cost London councils £23bn over the next 40 years, figures seen by The MJ have revealed.

  • Truss must put councils on a firm financial footing

    06 September 2022

    If the Government wants to measure councils' performance, then bring it on, says Heather Jameson. But right now there are more pressing issues to deal with, she adds.

  • Clark warning over 'risky commercial practices'

    22 August 2022

    Communities secretary Greg Clark has warned ‘some local authorities are engaging in risky commercial practices’.

  • Liverpool commissioner on 'stark' challenges

    19 August 2022

    Lead commissioner Mike Cunningham has defended the need for further intervention after mayor Joanne Anderson claimed it would not solve the council’s problems.

  • Liverpool set for further intervention

    19 August 2022

    Commissioners at Liverpool are set to take on governance and financial decision making in an extension of their powers following a damning report.

  • Councils face asset sale clampdown

    01 August 2022

    Communities secretary Greg Clark is writing to councils today to confirm a tightening of rules under which authorities could previously sell assets to companies they control.

  • Slough's financial challenge 'unprecedented'

    28 July 2022

    Commissioners at Slough Council are set to be given powers over recruitment after finding it was unable to turn around its finances quickly enough.

  • BCP in finance talks with ministers

    21 July 2022

    Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council is in talks with the Government as it attempts to balance its books.

  • The familiarity of uncertainty

    11 July 2022

    With the re-emergence of Greg Clark, Heather Jameson assesses the short and long-term prospects of the levelling up agenda.

  • Paper shortage could undermine snap election

    11 July 2022

    A snap General Election caused by turmoil at the top of the Conservative Party could be undermined by a shortage of paper needed during ballots, election officers have warned.

  • Same issues, new interventions and little progress

    05 July 2022

    Global pandemic and cost of living crisis aside, last week’s Local Government Association conference in Harrogate felt remarkably familiar, says Heather Jameson

  • Clark: Reorganisation opportunity has come and gone

    28 February 2022

    The opportunity for wholescale local government reorganisation has come and gone thanks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ‘political headwinds,’ former local government secretary Greg Clark has said.

  • Prince Harry and the Industrial Strategy

    27 November 2017

    Prince Harry is a firm favourite at MJ Towers.

  • Industrial Strategy snubs councils

    27 November 2017

    Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) as the drivers of future local growth in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.