• Pension funds told to report annually on pooling progress

    17 May 2024

    Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds should report annually on progress against pooling and private equity investments, fresh guidance has said.

  • Will the lights go out locally?

    17 May 2024

    Max Mosley examines the perfect storm that destroyed local government finances and looks at what will happen if an incoming Labour government rejects council bailouts.

  • MJ Regen: Finding solutions together

    14 May 2024

    This year’s UKREiiF event is set to premiere a new how-to guide to help public and private sector partners work together. Heather Jameson reports on the brainchild of the recently-formed EG Public Sector Forum.

  • Institutional investment into housing must be scaled up

    07 May 2024

    The next Government will need to adopt a pragmatic approach to the housing crisis, acknowledging the role institutional investment has to play in delivering the homes the country needs, says Claire Kober.

  • The Trump effect

    30 April 2024

    Sector insiders talk to Heather Jameson about the possible impact this side of the pond of a second victory for Donald Trump, including less cash for public services and a push to boost local economies.

  • Delicate decisions

    23 April 2024

    Three myths are holding back Labour’s growth plans, but there are ways to increase investment without wrecking the balance sheet, says Cllr Graham Chapman.

  • We need to measure prevention spend

    16 April 2024

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy will seek to answer how much are we currently spending on prevention, says chief executive Rob Whiteman.

  • Council to announce chief after capacity criticism

    15 April 2024

    East Devon DC is hoping to announce its new chief executive early next month after peers said senior level capacity was currently ‘limited’.

  • Ministers to make more changes to debt rules

    12 April 2024

    Ministers are poised to impose immediate further changes to local government debt rules – including stricter in-year reporting of unpaid loan repayments due to town halls.

  • Smarter spend will get Britain building again

    13 March 2024

    Stephen Muers says policymakers must ‘spend smarter’ to tackle the temporary housing crisis, and he proposes a solution to the funding gap.

  • We don’t need a Lyons’ 2.0

    06 March 2024

    With the seminal 2007 Lyons Review in focus, Ben Franklin and Annabel Smith look at why place-shaping has captured the zeitgeist and argue local government does not need another review, and should instead 'get on and do it'.

  • Getting Britain building again

    06 March 2024

    The Purposeful Finance Commission’s recommendation that businesses raise a target of £22.5m to help unblock urban infrastructure projects is an investment rather than a cost, says Tracy Blackwell.

  • Economic growth with local talent at the fore

    20 February 2024

    With 22,000 civil service jobs moving out of London there are real opportunities for local authorities to work with the Government Property Agency to kickstart economic growth. Alan Whitelaw explains.

  • Teesworks inquiry finds no evidence of ‘corruption’

    30 January 2024

    An inquiry into accusations of corruption relating to the Teesworks scheme has found no evidence of ‘illegality’ but ‘transparency’ concerns remain.

  • £2.9bn private investment in freeports says Gove

    10 January 2024

    Michael Gove has said new freeports have attracted £2.9bn of investment and created 6,000 jobs since they were established in 2022.

  • Social care career reforms ‘only scratch the surface’

    10 January 2024

    The Government today announced new measures to improve the career prospects of social care staff but concerns remain that this ‘may only scratch the surface’ of the workforce crisis.

  • Awakening of a sleeping giant

    10 January 2024

    Ambition, opportunities and green technologies. South Derbyshire DC has huge potential and is working to unleash it. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Is this the end of innovation?

    10 January 2024

    Is there a tendency among council members to play it safe and avoid risks? Norse Group and The MJ brought together chief executives and senior managers from across local government to ask if innovation is now a thing of the past for councils. Paul Marinko reports.

  • Telford’s tale of success

    11 December 2023

    Deals galore and wise investment is breathing new life into ‘new town’ Telford, as Cllr Lee Carter explains.

  • West Yorkshire’s economic promise

    11 December 2023

    West Yorkshire will host one of the Government’s investment zones. Andrew Vaux speaks to political and business leaders about what it means for the region.