Local elections

  • General Election brings raft of reforms

    23 May 2024

    Elections officers face a raft of reforms to implement as voters nationwide prepare to go to the polls in July.


  • A Faer Point

    15 May 2024

    There are fewer levers for council leaders to pull in their areas. Visible services are reduced and demand-led services are set to dominate in the future - but some councils have bucked the trend, says partner at Faerfield Martin Tucker.


  • Regeneration must get on its bike

    07 May 2024

    Jonathan Werran sets out what is needed during the next political cycle if regeneration is to be successful, including a return to regional spatial planning.


  • Where’s the trust?

    07 May 2024

    LGIU research sheds light on the ever greater decline of public trust in government. Dr Jonathan Carr-West looks at the possible solution.


  • After the election, beware of needless reshuffles

    07 May 2024

    Heather Jameson says senior council officers now face a new challenge: 'turning towards new, energised political leaderships with a new set of priorities. Is this invigorating, or exhausting?'


  • Government relents over broadening forms of voter ID

    07 May 2024

    Complaints were raised by ex-servicemen who were turned away at polling stations after attempting to produce veteran cards as proof of ID.


  • Sunak faces his countdown

    07 May 2024

    Duncan Flynn says the clock is ticking very loudly for Rishi Sunak and he’s struggling to find the words needed to connect with a sceptical electorate.


  • Can mayoral polls help Tories buck their losing trend?

    03 May 2024

    Jonathan Werran picks out the highlights from the local and mayoral poll results so far, and he argues the case for a more stable set of electoral cycles.


  • UPDATED: Tories hold Tees Valley despite heavy losses

    03 May 2024

    Ben Houchen retaining the Tees Valley mayoralty for the Conservatives proved to be the party's only glimmer of hope among a bleak set of local election results.


  • districtview

    30 April 2024

    Perhaps the sector would benefit from clear KPIs for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, including about when it will reform the local government finance system, says Ian Miller.


  • The NHS is the top concern for voters

    30 April 2024

    What the latest IPSOS data shows is that the mayoral model can work in terms of public recognition – even if real power remains firmly rooted in Westminster, according to Ben Page.


  • Local elections: more than just a barometer for Rishi

    23 April 2024

    Local elections do swing with national politics, but the full picture is far more nuanced, says Heather Jameson. 'More so now, as a gaping chasm opens up between the performance of the best and worst local authorities and mayors.'


  • What will the next steps be for the mayoral model?

    22 April 2024

    While the offers to communities from mayors are maturing, there remain big questions to be answered by whichever party forms the next Government, says Zoë Billingham.


  • Labour’s local vision for growth

    08 April 2024

    Adam Fineberg says Labour’s new localist Industrial Strategy is a manifesto aimed at reaping the benefits of more widely distributed growth across the country.


  • Battle lines drawn for local elections

    03 April 2024

    Rows over levelling up have dominated the opening clashes as campaigning kicked off for next month’s local elections.


  • Council chiefs receive cyber espionage warnings

    03 April 2024

    Council chiefs have been warned their email accounts, phones and computers will ‘almost certainly’ be targets for ‘cyber espionage operations’ before local and national elections.


  • Pre-elections: steering a path through comms

    28 March 2024

    Andy Allsopp looks at the need for careful judgement from council communicators during the pre-election period, and sets out three key takeaways from the Local Authority Publicity Code.


  • Elections show the organisation at its ‘one council’ best

    26 March 2024

    Kathy O' Leary says: 'As both pollsters and returning officers would agree, success in elections is talking only about the result and not the process.'


  • EXCLUSIVE: No pay offer until after local elections

    12 March 2024

    Local government employers will not make a pay offer until after the upcoming local elections in May, The MJ understands.


  • The new mayors will need the support of Westminster to be successful

    06 March 2024

    'We need to give more attention to the powers and resources mayors have, and those they need – notably more control over fiscal matters – to do the job the country needs them to do', says Andrew Carter.