‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
GIB sale ‘won’t affect investment landscape’
The sell-off of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) will impact future sustainability opportunities for councils, but will not create an immediately poorer investment landscape, Greenpeace has said.
Warning over ‘proxy vote’ as elections clash
The local elections could be turned into a ‘proxy vote on party politics and Brexit’ by the General Election weeks later, a think-tank boss has warned.
Casey to leave government after two decades
Senior civil servant Dame Louise Casey has announced she will be leaving government in the summer after an 18-year Whitehall career.
Scottish councils should 'target local economies'
Campaigners have called on Scottish councils to spend more with small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
General Election halts Christchurch’s referendum on shake-up
Plans to hold a referendum on local government reorganisation in Christchurch will be delayed following the announcement of a snap General Election.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh bed-blocking fine threat looming
Councils are facing a fresh risk of NHS fines for ‘bed-blocking’ as health bodies struggle to hit new Treasury targets to reduce deficits.
CIPFA warning as General Election called
MPs should not use the snap General Election to make ‘undeliverable promises’ about the future funding of public services, experts have warned.
Tributes paid to localist professor
Professor George Jones, a passionate advocate of local government and long-term contributor to The MJ, has died aged 79.
The foundation for a new people-centric outlook
Reviewing a book, John Tizard explains why public services cannot be modelled on the business sector, but should be responsive to service users and communities.
Asylum seekers shunted to poorest council areas
Asylum seekers are being housed for £11 each per night under Whitehall’s ‘incredibly parsimonious’ system, leaving councils with little choice over where they are placed, a key sector figure has warned.
Health devo put on hold but not dropped
Plans for further health devolution in London have been put back again, but not been dropped, according to sources close to the deal.
Former chancellor-turned-Jack-of-all-trades George Osborne is seemingly on a mission to simultaneously hold every job in the world.
IR35 late addition will burden authorities
A last-minute addition to controversial new rules on public sector contracting will place a further burden on local authorities, experts have warned.
Integration future called into question
The future of health and social care integration has been called into question after the NHS signalled a major shift towards an increasingly provider-driven system.
Brexit will have 'profound implications' for public services
The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will have ‘profound’ implications for public services, but should be viewed as a catalyst for reform, experts have claimed.
‘PiP will get more LGPS involvement’
The new chairman of a vehicle designed to encourage local government pension schemes (LGPS) to invest in UK infrastructure has hit back at criticism.
UKHCA wants less demanding contracts from local authorities
Councils need to provide less burdensome, long-term contracts to help struggling homecare providers, the UK Home Care Association (UKHCA) has urged.
Council for the North 'vital for regional strategy’
Fresh calls have been made for a ‘mezzanine tier of government’ across the North to make major strategic decisions.
Chiefs to be handed greater policy powers
London council chief executives will be handed more influence in developing devolution as part of an overhaul.