Districts call for new homes bonus certainty
District councils have called for long-term certainty over the future of the dwindling new homes bonus (NHB).
There's a whiff of purpose once more on devolution
Devolution should rock the status quo and create a new culture of governance which pushes everyone who currently holds decision-making power out of their comfort zones, says deputy chief executive of New Local Jessica Studdert.
Gove reveals new cladding plan
Michael Gove has vowed to use the law or increase taxes on developers if they refuse to pay for the removal of unsafe cladding.
More delays to levelling up White Paper could hinder outcomes
Jack Shaw says further delays to the the levelling up White Paper will make the decisions the Government will need to take even more difficult - and politically time is not on its side.
Gove unveils £54bn finance settlement
The provisional local government finance settlement for 2022-23 represents an additional 4% increase compared to 2021-22 - but the sector fears it is not enough.
Goodbye to ...
The MJ highlights a tumultuous year for local government still impacted by the global pandemic, and not helped by a lack of funding and clarity. Martin Ford and Ann McGauran report.
Leaked White Paper reveals reorganisation master plan
A leaked version of the levelling up White Paper has revealed plans to scrap two-tier local government in England.
Gove scraps urban centre recovery taskforce
Communities secretary Michael Gove has disbanded a 10-strong expert advisory group of local government leaders and business after just a year.
Time for a change (again)?
Levelling up secretary Michael Gove’s hints that local enterprise partnerships are ‘under review’ reminds Michael Burton of how governments cannot resist the temptation to reorganise
EXCLUSIVE: Districts in county deals warning
District council leaders have warned county deals will fail unless local government secretary Michael Gove gives them an equal role in devolution.
Starmer names Nandy new shadow levelling up secretary
Former shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy has been named the new shadow levelling up secretary in Sir Keir Starmer’s latest reshuffle.
Liverpool 'fails to grasp' the significance of intervention, commissioners claim
Liverpool City Council’s intervention team found a lack of competence and capacity, and a failure by senior officers to grasp the seriousness of the situation, their first letter detailing their progress said.
CCN conference: LEPs look set to be scrapped
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) look set to be scrapped after levelling up secretary Michael Gove indicated his preference for a more accountable system to the County Councils’ Network conference today.
Gove backs Housing First
New communities secretary Michael Gove has indicated his support for the rolling out of Housing First.
Gove warned of climate change floods risk
Local government secretary Michael Gove was today urged to align UK housing policy with climate change.
Michael and the Medici
Intriguing intelligence has emerged from Westminster suggesting new communities secretary Michael Gove is gaining inspiration for his levelling up plans from an distant historical source.
Doubt over future of 75% rates retention under Gove
New local government secretary Michael Gove has indicated that 75% business rates retention could be a casualty of levelling up plans.
Government tight-lipped on Thanet response
The Government has refused to disclose how it is responding to long-standing issues at Thanet DC following a request to intervene from its leader.
DLUHC PPS reappointed after sacking
Cabinet minister Michael Gove’s Parliamentary private secretary (PPS) has been reappointed hours after being sacked for abstaining on plans to overhaul the disciplinary process for MPs.
Hybrid hopes raised by Gove
Hopes that the Government will change the law to allow hybrid meetings have been raised by an intervention from new secretary of state Michael Gove.