'Knock-on effects' warning over LEP deadline
A policy expert has added his criticism to the ‘overly-hasty’ September deadline for reformed Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) geographies and warned of ‘knock-on effects’.
Simplified rates retention approach mooted
A separate grant to reward councils that help Government achieve its policy objectives under business rates retention could be introduced, The MJ understands.
Doubts over strategy to end rough sleeping by 2027
New measures aimed at ending rough sleeping within a decade do not go far enough, councils have warned.
Council tax revaluation calls grow
Finance chiefs have said it is ‘untenable’ for local government to rely on the creaking council tax system without a politically-challenging revaluation of properties.
CIPFA guidance to strengthen finance officer LEP role
Moves to strengthen the role of Section 151 officers in local enterprise partnerships (LEP) have been made by the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Whitehall attempts to reassure councils on Brexit
Whitehall has insisted it is working to help councils prepare for a hard Brexit despite claims some authorities have been left to fend for themselves.
Localis calls for 'big bang' devolution approach
Think-tank Localis has called for a ‘big bang approach’ to recast the relationship between Whitehall and councils.
Government steps in following Grenfell Tower outcry
The Government will take on responsibility for the Grenfell Tower site, Marsham Street has announced.
LEPs face race against time
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) face a race against time to reconfigure and register as legal entities, amid a threat from ministers to withhold growth fund cash.
New Homes Bonus 'in the mix'
The New Homes Bonus may continue beyond 2020, Whitehall sources have suggested.
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Whitehall offers three-year IFRS 9 override
The Government has proposed introducing a three-year statutory override of new rules that change the way councils treat investments in their final accounts.
Social housing Green Paper delayed
Councils have been forced to wait for the social housing Green Paper.
MHCLG consults on proposals to resolve negative RSG
Marsham Street has come up with plans to plug a £153m financial hole faced by councils next year.
Brokenshire 'minded to' end Rotherham intervention
Rotherham MBC is expected to regain control of all its services, local government secretary James Brokenshire has announced.
Working homeless figures soar
The number of families described as ‘working homeless’ has soared over the past five years, housing charity Shelter has warned.
MHCLG to consider financial sustainability ahead of Spending Review
Marsham Street will embed its local authority sustainability tool in its preparations for next year’s Spending Review.
Westminster’s revolving doors challenge the sector
Michael Burton on the recent government reshuffle and what it means for local government.
One Yorkshire backers press ahead despite Whitehall blow
Supporters of a single devolution deal for Yorkshire are pressing ahead with plans after the Government refused to engage with them.
Casey: 'Timid' integration green paper delaying action
Action to tackle social segregation and the rise of extremism is not happening quickly enough, a former integration tsar has told MPs.