• County announces two major property investments

    05 September 2019

    Cambridgeshire CC has announced the details of two major property investments in deals worth more than £60m.

  • Leader lobbies ministers over Youth Zones

    29 August 2019

    Barking & Dagenham LBC’s leader, Cllr Darren Rodwell, has appealed to ministers to help provide a network of Youth Zones up and down the country.

  • Transforming public services

    20 August 2019

    The decision five years ago to wind up Whitehall’s Transformation Unit resulted in a loss of capacity and expertise, according to Pat Ritchie. Now, the new Prime Minister must embrace post-austerity place-based deals, she believes.

  • Woodford investors should have had clearer warnings

    06 August 2019

    Kent CC and other investors in City heavyweight Neil Woodford’s fund should have been given clearer warnings about the risk of suspension before it happened, it has been claimed.

  • A vital new voice from the edge

    24 July 2019

    Britain’s Leading Edge is a new collaboration to strengthen the voice of rural areas with no major cities. Cornwall Council chief executive Kate Kennally explains why this is important for the post-Brexit era

  • MPs: Government waste strategy overly-prescriptive

    17 July 2019

    The Government’s proposed waste strategy is ‘overly-prescriptive’ and local authorities should be given the freedom to tailor their approach, MPs have said.

  • Harnessing the best of the West

    17 July 2019

    Ann McGauran reports on the launch of Metro Dynamics’ report making the case for the creation of the UK’s next wealth generator – the Great Western Powerhouse

  • Promised housing cash withdrawn

    16 July 2019

    Millions of pounds of housing investment announced with great fanfare by the Government has been withdrawn.

  • £65m Growth Deal is 'game-changer' for Moray

    12 July 2019

    Moray has secured £65m for its Growth Deal in an agreement that has been heralded as a ‘game-changer’.

  • The pitfalls of risk and return

    03 July 2019

    Kent CC hit the headlines after it tried to withdraw £263m of its pension pot from the Woodford Equity Income Fund, but had its investment frozen. Heather Jameson looks at whether Kent made a mistake – and asks what other councils can learn.

  • Pensions Infrastructure Platform optimistic despite Brexit

    14 June 2019

    A vehicle designed to encourage council pension schemes to invest in UK infrastructure will not launch a fresh fund this year but remains optimistic.

  • No new cash for Greater Manchester local industrial strategy

    14 June 2019

    A former senior civil servant and council chief has questioned the impact of Greater Manchester’s local industrial strategy after it came with no new money.

  • Woodford moves to reassure Kent after trading suspension

    05 June 2019

    City heavyweight Neil Woodford has sought to reassure Kent CC and other investors after they were blocked from withdrawing from his multi-billion pound fund.

  • Accessing key drivers for partnership working

    05 June 2019

    Access to skills, technology and investment were among the key reasons for local authorities to work with the private sector says a recent survey jointly commissioned by The MJ and Serco. Michael Burton reports

  • Municipal bond grants launched

    04 June 2019

    Grants to help councils invest in a new type of municipal bond for funding environmentally-friendly, low-carbon infrastructure projects have been launched.

  • Contractor Kier announces profits warning

    04 June 2019

    Shares in outsourcing specialist Kier have been sent tumbling following a profits warning announcement yesterday.

  • Income generation project rakes in £5m

    28 May 2019

    A project launched by Test Valley BC five years ago to combat a decline in Government grants has generated more than £5m for the authority.

  • 'Lessons learnt' from Essex social impact bond

    24 May 2019

    Investors behind the first council social impact bond (SIB) in the world have said what has been learnt from the project will be implemented elsewhere.

  • Hull commits £2m to improve ‘inadequate’ children’s services

    20 May 2019

    Hull City Council has promised to ‘accelerate’ its improvement plans and invest an extra £2m into its children’s services after they were rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

  • Keep making the investment case for prevention

    15 May 2019

    John O'Brien says that whether we end up with a one year Spending Review or a longer one, it's important to make the wider investment case for preventative services programmes such as Troubled Families.