Pocklington takes on top role at Ministry
Jeremy Pocklington has been named as the new permanent secretary for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
EXCLUSIVE: Coronavirus hubs must be ready to step in if system fails - Jenrick
The network of hubs being created to support people at very high risk amid the coronavirus crisis must be ready to help with crucial deliveries, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has said.
EXCLUSIVE: Ministry to look at easing sector burdens
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) officials have said they will look at further easing the burdens on the sector amid the coronavirus crisis.
Jenrick in coronavirus cash flow appeal
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has urged councils experiencing cash flow issues as a result of coronavirus to get in touch.
Jenrick urges councils not to delay on coronavirus spending
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick this week urged council leaders not to put off decisions because of money in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Local government audit deadline extended
The deadline for local government financial audits has been pushed back by two months.
EXCLUSIVE: Table-top exercise to ensure resilience forums are ready
All local resilience forums (LRF) will have to carry out a table-top exercise to ensure they are ready for the reasonable worst-case scenario coronavirus could bring.
MHCLG to step up direct engagement with councils
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is to step up its direct engagement with councils to better understand their challenges.
Budget 2020: New West Yorkshire mayor announced
A new directly-elected West Yorkshire mayor has been announced with the Government signing a new £1.8bn devolution deal amid plans to ‘level up’ the UK economy.
Ministers consider 'additional body storage capacity' amid coronavirus outbreak
The Government has drawn up plans to provide nearly 200 buildings with a combined capacity for about 15,000 bodies as the spread of coronavirus intensifies.
MHCLG spent £85m preparing for EU Exit
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government spent a total of £85m preparing for EU Exit up to the end of January this year, says a new report today from the National Audit Office (NAO).
McManus to speak on coronavirus planning
The vice president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, Jim McManus, is to address chief executive delegates about planning for coronavirus at The MJ Future Forum later this month.
Right to Buy reform calls grow
Calls intensified this week for the Government to reform its ‘outdated’ Right to Buy (RtB) policy in next week’s Budget.
Birmingham fails to appoint a chief exec
Birmingham City Council has failed to appoint a new chief executive
Redmond to consider audit deadline change
Sir Tony Redmond will consider whether to change the current publication deadline for accounts as part of his independent review for the Government, ministers have confirmed.
PWLB borrowing drops dramatically after rate rise
The amount of borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) has fallen dramatically in the months since the Treasury announced an immediate 1% rate rise.
Government bats away Bellwin criticism
The Government has batted away fresh criticisms of the 37-year-old Bellwin scheme after one of the wettest winters on record.
EXCLUSIVE: Shared prosperity fund to be linked to devolution
The new regime for doling out structural funding after the Brexit transition period will be closely linked to the Government’s devolution agenda, The MJ has learnt.
EXCLUSIVE: Chiefs network to double in size
The network of nine chief executives who represented their regions in the run-up to Brexit will be expanded, The MJ has learnt.
Government to review Public Works Loan Board
Two departments are looking at the ‘rates and flexibilities’ the lender offers councils.