Michael Gove

  • Gove: My most exciting job yet

    21 October 2021

    New communities secretary Michael Gove has argued that the renaming of his department is a ‘sign of confidence in local government’.


  • Gove: Planning reform not off the agenda

    21 October 2021

    New housing secretary Michael Gove has warned councillors that the idea of reforming the planning system was ‘not at all’ of the agenda.


  • Devolve powers to level up

    20 October 2021

    The panel brought together by the Centre for Progressive Policy think-tank agreed local government needed more powers to make the agenda a success.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Gove to be quizzed on councillor security

    19 October 2021

    MPs are to question local government secretary Michael Gove on the security of councillors following last week’s fatal attack on MP David Amess.


  • Pressure rises on Gove to build social housing

    19 October 2021

    Pressure was this week mounting on new housing secretary Michael Gove to ramp up the building of social homes amid predictions of growing homelessness.


  • Letting the poppies bloom

    13 October 2021

    Heather Jameson says the Conservative conference has put levelling up and skills front and centre, but voters may be looking for a short-term fix.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils brace themselves for local government exit pay cap

    12 October 2021

    Councils are bracing themselves for the return of exit pay cap proposals as Whitehall officials draw up plans specific to the sector.


  • A focus on areas with stronger leaders will not be good news for all places

    12 October 2021

    What will the devolution agenda look like under Michael Gove, asks Arianna Giovannini? The cases of Ben Houchen and Andy Burnham are 'equally telling on what the way ahead might look like', she says.


  • Counties in council tax warning

    07 October 2021

    County leaders have warned council tax bills would have to rise by a fifth over three years to get close to eliminating their deficits.


  • Michael Gove sets out his stall for levelling up

    06 October 2021

    Michael Burton says the vision levelling up secretary Michael Gove touched on for the policy at the Conservative Party Conference implies the need for more resources if necessary - 'which may not please the chancellor'.


  • Gove lays out his vision to level up the red wall

    05 October 2021

    New communities secretary Michael Gove has signalled an enhanced role for local government coupled with localism, the big society and ‘double devolution’.


  • Let’s ground levelling up

    05 October 2021

    The LGiU has set out the six core principles that must inform the approach to levelling up from now on. Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains.


  • Labour's Burnham praises Conservative Gove

    04 October 2021

    Labour’s Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has praised new levelling up secretary Michael Gove and offered to help him ‘define and deliver’ the policy.


  • Future Forum: Councils, not Whitehall, are leaders of place

    30 September 2021

    Civil service ‘heads of place’ should not supplant councillors, Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive Mark Lloyd has said.


  • Future Forum: UK faces housing emergency

    30 September 2021

    Stockport MBC’s chief executive has told The MJ’s Future Forum event that the UK faces a ‘housing emergency’.


  • Government ‘serious about levelling up’

    27 September 2021

    New ministerial arrivals at the renamed Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) show a renewed commitment to its flagship policy, a report has said.


  • A familiar face in a beefed-up role

    24 September 2021

    As Michael Gove steps intro the newly-styled Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Heather Jameson charts his rise and realism on tackling the country’s current challenges.


  • Back to the future for Gove

    23 September 2021

    The newly renamed communities department with its enhanced brief to deliver levelling up has shades of John Prescott and his regional agenda suggests Michael Burton


  • Reshuffle puts Gove in the driving seat for next election

    22 September 2021

    Last week’s reshuffle was, for local government, far more than a switch in the ministerial deckchairs. What started out as change in secretary of state has ended up as a wholesale shift in the emphasis of the beefed-up, rebranded department.


  • Chief and leader at odds over government intervention request

    20 September 2021

    Tensions between Thanet DC’s chief executive and leader have erupted into the open after the latter asked the Government to intervene in the council.