LGiU

  • The problem with polls

    17 February 2021

    Local government has finally learned that two years’ worth of elections will take place on ‘Super Thursday’ 6 May, with a ‘high bar’ for any delay. Martin Ford talks to the sector about the challenges ahead.


  • Will May be a missed chance?

    02 February 2021

    The Prime Minister wants the elections to go ahead. But Dr Jonathan Carr-West says that whether a U-turn ‘has already happened or is still to come, we have missed an opportunity to make an early and clear decision’.


  • Elderly in new campaign of civil disobedience

    26 January 2021

    Up to two million older people in the UK denied the social care support they need could refuse to pay their council tax in protest.


  • Looking ahead with hope

    07 December 2020

    ‘You would be mad not to feel some trepidation’ as we look ahead to 2021, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West. ‘But while we have so many amazing people doing such incredible things for their community, I think we can also feel some hope’.


  • Let’s talk about homes

    02 November 2020

    Homes provide so much more than shelter, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West. He argues that a different sort of conversation is needed that isn’t just about planning or ‘how many houses you build’.


  • Where are the homes this winter?

    21 October 2020

    COVID has shown we need even more affordable housing and further government initiatives to tackle rising levels of homelessness made worse by the pandemic’s economic impact, writes Robert Pollock.


  • Central government needs to stand back

    30 September 2020

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West asks if anyone has any sense of a sustained strategic focus on tackling the pandemic from government, and he feels only local government can manage the alignment of social, environmental and economic recovery that we need.


  • Taxing questions on a flawed system

    30 August 2020

    The Treasury announced a call for evidence on business rates. Martin Ford speaks to experts about the system’s flaws, and whether the Government can enact radical change in a time of coronavirus and Brexit.


  • Government relaxes recovery plan demand

    17 August 2020

    The Government has scrapped its requirement for all councils with a cumulative dedicated schools grant (DSG) deficit of more than 1% to submit a recovery plan.


  • Trust in the public realm really matters

    21 July 2020

    Trust in public institutions cannot be rebuilt if different levels of government are seeking to divert blame on to each other, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West.


  • Real imagination needed for a green reset

    14 July 2020

    More ambitious progress on place-based approaches to reducing carbon emissions will need ‘a great deal of political will and resources’, according to a Penna/The MJ virtual seminar. Heather Jameson reports.


  • Redrawing our future after COVID

    17 June 2020

    What we have learnt from coronavirus is that we need flexibility, adaptability and civic solidarity, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West - and in the next phases of the pandemic the need for relocalisation will become more urgent for at least three reasons.


  • PR strategist's hall of shame

    12 June 2020

    Diary is inundated with press releases, speeches and blog posts on a regular basis.


  • Councils urged to think about economic recovery

    20 April 2020

    Councils have been urged to start thinking about the economic recovery from coronavirus after high double-digit declines in sales.


  • Engaging our global family

    04 March 2020

    Local government needs to pool its combined knowledge and learn from the perspective of others - near and far - as Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains.


  • ‘Stop kicking us three steps back’

    05 February 2020

    Our annual local government finance survey shows most councils are planning to raise council tax – and reveals support for fiscal devolution is by no means universal. Dan Peters reports.


  • Our unsustainable finance system needs a reboot

    05 February 2020

    Heather Jameson says the finance system is increasingly unsustainable and local government has no confidence in the Government’s plans to resolve it or to tackle the issue of funding adult social care.


  • Business rates blow

    04 February 2020

    Plans to use business rates to fund local government have been dealt a major blow by a survey that finds wavering confidence in the policy.


  • EXCLUSIVE: 100% business rates retention could be back on agenda

    07 January 2020

    Full retention of business rates could shoot back up the agenda as part of a long-awaited Government review, The MJ understands.


  • Majority of councils expect to spend more on Brexit than Government has allotted

    08 October 2019

    More than half of chief executives (56%) expect to spend more on Brexit preparations than the Government has allotted to their council, with a quarter (26%) expecting to spend significantly more.