James Brokenshire

  • Stinging criticism over ministry's double rates error

    16 September 2019

    Labour has launched a scathing attack as the Government continues to drag its heels over resolving repeated errors in the business rates formula.


  • Councils face more funding uncertainty

    14 August 2019

    ‘Indicative numbers’ for the amount councils will receive in 2020/21 will not be published before next month’s Spending Review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has admitted after it missed a self-imposed deadline.


  • Herts and Veolia end incinerator contract

    08 August 2019

    A contract between Hertfordshire CC and Veolia to build an incinerator has been terminated after repeatedly failing to gain planning permission.


  • Brokenshire leaves Cabinet after Johnson arrival

    24 July 2019

    Local government secretary James Brokenshire has announced he will be ‘heading to the backbenches’.


  • Brokenshire in unitary unanimity move

    23 July 2019

    Future unitary bids will only be considered if they are ‘coalescing around a single option,’ the Government has confirmed.


  • Criticism over pace of change at Grenfell council

    18 July 2019

    ‘Strategic weaknesses’ are preventing Kensington and Chelsea LBC from becoming a ‘high performing’ council, according to a panel.


  • The uncertainty principle

    17 July 2019

    Simone Hines says that when the variables are so great – e.g. a full business rates reset or no reset – 'it’s still hard to know where to pitch our financial position to members'.


  • Standards bearer

    17 July 2019

    As communities secretary James Brokenshire launched a review of the local government audit regime, he spoke to Heather Jameson about his plans to drive governance and performance


  • Can we have both quality and quantity in new homes?

    17 July 2019

    Michael Burton asks: 'Is it any wonder that the public are suspicious of the planning system when they see little benefit other than shoddy new estates and overloaded public services?'


  • Brokenshire unveils audit review

    10 July 2019

    Details of an independent review that will look at the impact of reforms to local government audit were today announced by communities secretary James Brokenshire.


  • Don't allow this strange summer lull to dilute our focus

    09 July 2019

    There will come a time when a new administration will need a new domestic policy agenda, says John O'Brien. We have to make sure we continue to show how councils should be a vital part of that future, he adds.


  • Showtime by the seaside

    09 July 2019

    Ministers, mandarins, town hall, Whitehall and more all met in Bournemouth last week for the Local Government Association conference. Michael Burton reports on the highlights


  • Rolling out a new institutionalism

    09 July 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West wonders if, alongside new localism, we need a new institutionalism too?


  • EXCLUSIVE: Improvement model proposed for troubled Brum

    08 July 2019

    Troubled Birmingham City Council has come up with plans for a new improvement model in its latest plans to avoid Government intervention.


  • The clock is ticking on the push for devolution

    03 July 2019

    There will be little bandwidth for local government policy in the coming months, says Heather Jameson. Her lesson to the victor of the LGA's very own leadership election is: don't wait.


  • Banging on the Treasury’s door

    03 July 2019

    The whole sector needs to get behind MHCLG to ensure it punches above its weight and ‘has the clout to bring home the goods’ from the Spending Review. And that means a few things, according to Bob Neill


  • Brokenshire calls for 'new deal for local government'

    02 July 2019

    Communities secretary James Brokenshire has called on the next Prime Minister to publish a Green Paper on a new deal between local and central government. 


  • EXCLUSIVE: Gwynne goes for Broke

    26 June 2019

    Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has demanded his opposite number explains how his ministry repeated the same error in the business rates formula.


  • Call for Liverpool intervention after mayoral review frustration

    12 June 2019

    Liverpool City Council’s Lib Dem leader has called for the Government to intervene after he claimed the authority blocked his attempts to review the elected mayor position.


  • Councils on reserves danger list named

    28 May 2019

    Eleven councils in danger of running out of reserves have been publicly named in the face of continuing concerns about the creation of league tables.