• Unison call for election safety measures

    01 March 2021

    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

    25 February 2021

    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

    24 February 2021

    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

    24 February 2021

    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

    24 February 2021

    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

    23 February 2021

    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'

    23 February 2021

    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

    23 February 2021

    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

    22 February 2021

    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

    22 February 2021

    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

    18 February 2021

    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

    15 February 2021

    A group of cross-party MPs has joined calls for funding to support areas flooded during Storm Christoph.

  • Uncertain future for New Homes Bonus

    12 February 2021

    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

    10 February 2021

    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

    10 February 2021

    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

    09 February 2021

    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

    09 February 2021

    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

    09 February 2021

    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

    09 February 2021

    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

    08 February 2021

    Sector representatives have been told their arguments for allowing virtual meetings to continue have been ‘well-made and are understood’ by the Government.