Michael Gove

  • Districts call for new homes bonus certainty

    17 January 2022

    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

    17 January 2022

    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

    10 January 2022

    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

    10 January 2022

    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

    16 December 2021

    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 ...

    14 December 2021

    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

    09 December 2021

    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

    09 December 2021

    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)?

    01 December 2021

    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

    30 November 2021

    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

    30 November 2021

    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

    25 November 2021

    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

    22 November 2021

    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

    22 November 2021

    New communities secretary Michael Gove has indicated his support for the rolling out of Housing First.


  • Gove warned of climate change floods risk

    22 November 2021

    Local government secretary Michael Gove was today urged to align UK housing policy with climate change.


  • Michael and the Medici

    17 November 2021

    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

    09 November 2021

    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

    08 November 2021

    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

    04 November 2021

    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

    25 October 2021

    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.