Unison call for election safety measures
The Government needs to implement strict measures in May’s local elections to keep staff safe, trade union Unison urged today.
Jenrick warned of legal action over end to virtual meetings
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has been served a pre-action letter warning of legal action to allow virtual council meetings to continue.
Town recovery the tailored way
The pandemic has made delivering strong, more inclusive and resilient towns crucial, argues Katie Hickman. Here, she outlines the two key elements that will ensure the success of the £3.6bn Towns Fund programme.
Easing the cash flow
Martin Ford looks at the reaction to the first set of capitalisation directions given to councils struggling under the financial weight of COVID.
A crucial step for Luton’s recovery
Luton BC’s capitalisation direction will allow the council to temporarily borrow money to fund services until its commercial revenue recovers, says Cllr Hazel Simmons.
Delay in asking councils to track shielding people
The Government failed to ask councils for help contacting vulnerable shielding people for weeks after lockdown began, it has been claimed.
LGA code of conduct 'unlikely to gain traction'
The Local Government Association’s model code of conduct is ‘unlikely to gain any traction across the sector’ because of the lack of sanctions breaches attract, council chief executives have warned Whitehall.
Minister claims councils' financial issues due to investments
Commercial investments rather than a lack of central funding is at the root of councils’ financial woes, local government minister Luke Hall has claimed.
The search for answers on housing delivery
The consultation on the replacement to the New Homes Bonus does not shed any light on how the Government intends to resolve the tricky balancing act between growth incentives and local needs, says Adrian Jenkins.
MHCLG to open Wolverhampton base
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is to open a second headquarters in the Black Country as part of plans to shift civil servants away from the capital.
Government 'open' to receiving Oxfordshire merger proposal
The Government is ‘open’ to receiving a proposal for a merger of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse DCs, the already closely integrated Lib Dem-led councils have been told.
MPs call for flood support
A group of cross-party MPs has joined calls for funding to support areas flooded during Storm Christoph.
Uncertain future for New Homes Bonus
Raising the baseline and withholding payments for councils without local plans are among a range of options in the Government’s consultation on the New Homes Bonus.
Finance chiefs' rates warning
Potential cuts to the rateable values of business properties in light of COVID could have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on council budgets, London finance chiefs have warned.
Experienced drivers wanted
Let our localities choose which local delivery vehicles should drive growth and recovery from government’s post-Brexit cash pots, writes Localis chief executive, Jonathan Werran.
There is no better time to sort out funding
Heather Jameson says it will take a wholesale rethink of local government funding – and a social care bill – to fix finances. 'And there is no better time to start than now.'
EXCLUSIVE: Four senior Croydon officers suspended
Crisis-hit Croydon LBC has suspended a big chunk of its senior leadership in a bombshell move.
DCN bid for place on chief executives' network rejected
Senior Whitehall officials have knocked back a District Councils’ Network (DCN) bid to win a place on the influential nine-strong group of local authority chief executives, The MJ understands.
EXCLUSIVE: Pressure mounts on Jenrick over audit
Whitehall officials are putting communities secretary Robert Jenrick under pressure to change course after he failed to implement a key recommendation of the Redmond Review, The MJ understands.
Government 'understands' virtual meetings call
Sector representatives have been told their arguments for allowing virtual meetings to continue have been ‘well-made and are understood’ by the Government.