• Facing down a perfect storm of violence

    10 August 2021

    This summer will be one of the most challenging local councils have faced when it comes to bearing down on violent crime and its devastating consequences says Cllr Jas Athwal. He looks at how London boroughs are tackling the issue.

  • We’re in this for the long haul

    02 August 2021

    Six years on from the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, council leader Cllr Chris Read says Government must support local authorities in the fight against abuse. But his organisation is ‘not waiting for national improvements’.

  • Time to ditch the Assembly

    30 June 2021

    After 21 years, Richard Stokoe argues that the London Assembly is failing in its duty to hold the Mayor of London to account. Borough leaders, he claims, would make a better replacement.

  • Call for 'radical system change' after children's home claims

    09 June 2021

    A charity chief has called for ‘radical system change’ after whistleblowers claimed youngsters with autism were ‘abused’ and mistreated at a Cardiff children’s home.

  • Queen's speech: PM's 'live local and prosper' promise

    09 May 2021

    Levelling up, boosting the economy and backing the NHS are set to be the priorities for Tuesday’s Queen’s speech.

  • Police investigate children's homes after suspensions

    13 April 2021

    Police are investigating the closure of two Doncaster-based children’s homes suspended by Ofsted amid safeguarding concerns, The MJ has learned.

  • Liverpool looks to the future

    30 March 2021

    Chief executive of Liverpool City Council Tony Reeves talks to Heather Jameson about the damning Caller report that followed the arrest of former Mayor Joe Anderson, and insists the council is addressing its weaknesses.

  • Leading through a most peculiar crisis

    29 March 2021

    Strategic director of communities and reform at Oldham MBC Rebekah Sutcliffe looks at the impact of the pandemic on local leadership and integrated partnership working.

  • Limited government intervention is good outcome, says Liverpool chief

    29 March 2021

    A limited intervention at Liverpool City Council – rather than the full takeover that was expected – is a good outcome for the city, chief executive Tony Reeves has told The MJ.

  • Liverpool director dismissed

    23 March 2021

    The director of regeneration at Liverpool City Council, Nick Kavanagh, has been dismissed ‘with immediate effect’.

  • In support of women’s refuges

    23 March 2021

    Baroness Claire Fox warns that proposed legislation to help councils protect women facing domestic violence could end up with unintended consequences.

  • Partnership approach to COVID enforcement is working in London

    17 March 2021

    Cllr Jas Athwal  takes a look at the progress so far of London boroughs’ joint protocol and partnership agreements with the Metropolitan Police on enforcing COVID restrictions.

  • Liverpool mayor agrees not to stand again after arrest

    04 January 2021

    Liverpool City Council’s mayor Joe Anderson has reluctantly agreed not to stand again for the role after Merseyside Police extended his bail to mid-February.

  • Liverpool to undergo best value inspection

    17 December 2020

    Liverpool City Council will undergo an inspection of whether it is complying with its best value duty after the arrest of its mayor.

  • Operation Sheridan four released under investigation

    06 October 2020

    Four sector figures arrested three years ago have been released under investigation following a review.

  • More arrests as police investigation widens

    04 September 2020

    Liverpool City Council’s Lib Dem leader, Cllr Richard Kemp, has called for the authority’s political leadership to ‘consider its position’ after a police investigation widened.

  • Council-run developer defends closure decision amid whistleblowing claims

    20 August 2020

    The Northumberland Council-run developer at the centre of whistleblowing allegations has defended a decision that has led to a multi-million pound legal claim.

  • Turning the tide

    22 July 2020

    Cllr Vikki Slade outlines the key aspects of BCP Council’s response when day trippers arrived in droves after the relaxation of lockdown.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Police refuse to reveal sector probe costs

    14 July 2020

    Police have refused to publish the costs of an investigation into four sector figures who remain on bail three years after they were arrested.

  • Time to give LRFs back some value

    01 July 2020

    The Government’s ‘top down’ approach has undermined local resilience forums’ ability to deliver local COVID-19 capabilities efficiently, say Dr Arabella Kyprianides and a group of specialist academics and former senior police officers.