EXCLUSIVE: Sir Vince backs more council borrowing powers
Ahead of his first Liberal Democrat conference as party leader, Sir Vince Cable tells Michael Burton why local government should play a key role in rebuilding the country’s infrastructure.
Government criticised over Right to Buy
Council homes are being sold off almost three times faster than local authorities can replace them, research has revealed.
Sykes beats House to LGA Lib Dem role
A councillor who promised to bring a ‘no-nonsense approach’ to the role has been elected leader of the Local Government Association’s Lib Dem group.
Non-disclosure will not affect whistleblowers
Whistleblowers will still be able to expose examples of poor practices at Liverpool City Council, officials claimed, despite tough new non-disclosure clauses in staff contracts.
Councils are braced for NHS cash raid
Local government is bracing itself for a NHS cash grab as it battles for influence over how to spend the extra £2bn for social care.
Draw power from the people
In all political parties it can be difficult to get the leadership to recognise that local government draws its mandate from the people, not the party, writes Dr Jonathan Carr-West
More local government voices needed in Lords
We should push for more local government voices in the existing House of Lords, argues director of the Political Skills Forum, Paul Wheeler.
LGA chair Porter given peerage
Local Government Association (LGA) chairman Gary Porter has been unveiled as a new Tory peer in the dissolution honours list.
Osborne’s mayoral bombshell divides English big city leaders
Chancellor George Osborne’s controversial offer to restrict radical devolution deals solely to areas which agree to directly-elected mayors has provoked uproar among England’s big city leaders.
Party leaders unite for fairer voter system
Leaders from across the political spectrum came together today to back a petition signed by almost 500,000 people calling for a fairer voting system.
Conservatives win back leadership of the LGA
The Conservatives have regained the leadership of the Local Government Association after a shock shift to the party in the local elections.
Shoot the proof-reader
Diary will be heading to the polls today just like everyone else despite only skim-reading the main party manifestos.
Lib Dem manifesto commits to local government fiscal freedom
The Liberal Democrat manifesto has committed the party to delivering greater fiscal freedom for English local authorities and a promise of less ministerial interference among key measures to ‘rejuvenate’ local government.
Lib Dems £2.5bn education funding boost pledge
A promise to find an extra £2.5bn for education funding by 2020 forms the centrepiece of the Liberal Democrats manifesto published today.
Ukip to field 'record' number of council candidates
Ukip will mobilise a record 5,000 candidates in 278 local council elections next month, leader Nigel Farage has announced.
1m voters are missing, claims Miliband
Labour leader Ed Miliband has warned that 1m voters have disappeared from the Electoral Register in the last year.
Lamb roars against 'ridiculous' health and care divide
Lib Dem minister Norman Lamb has called for an end to the ‘ridiculous divide’ between health and social care.
Respecting the real headline-makers
Despite UKIP’s successes, David Walker assesses the wider challenges ‘protest parties’ would face in government – and the consistent work local government continues to produce in areas that don’t always make the news.
Give us freedom and watch us fly
Sutton LBC leader Ruth Dombey says fiscal devolution isn't an end in itself, it's a means to an end - for creating ambitious local solutions.
Give us freedom and watch us fly
All over the United Kingdom people are demanding more control over their lives and a greater say over the decisions that impact on their lives.