4 Wheel Drive Woman on Eric Pickles
Gosh, Tarquin, this talk of a General Election is absolutely exhausting.
PODCAST: True colours
In the first of a series of leadership podcasts by Public Intelligence and The MJ, Lord Porter charts his political journey from bolshie school kid to Conservative peer leading the Local Government Association. Heather Jameson reports.
No proof directly-elected mayors will be a success
There is little evidence that directly-elected mayors will boost economic growth, bolster local democracy or provide authoritative leadership, according to a regional development expert.
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.
‘Give NI councils powers to do their jobs’
Northern Irish councils should be given the ‘power and the resources to do the job’ while Stormont’s political parties continue to row, a key figure in the province has argued.
LGA ‘like a dysfunctional 1970s council’
The Local Government Association (LGA) is like a ‘dysfunctional 1970s council,’ according to its chairman, Lord Porter.
No 10 accused of halting unitary plans over backbench rebellion fear
The Government’s wafer-thin majority frightened prime minister Theresa May away from approving plans to create two new unitary authorities in Dorset, The MJ has been told.
EXCLUSIVE: Diversity gap plaguing sector leadership roles
Chief executives have been urged to embrace diversity after exclusive research revealed fears that women and minority groups were continuing to hit a glass ceiling.
Cock-up or conspiracy: the impact of the General Election
Jonathan Carr-West looks at the possible implications June's General Election could have on next week's local elections.
4 Wheel Drive Woman on . . . the General Election
No Tarquin, a snap election doesn’t mean it is exactly the same as last time.
Tight budgets mean sharing kids’ services
Sharing children’s services will be the ‘future’ as budgets continue to tighten, according to a top Department for Education official.
Don’t let the election derail public sector reforms
As another General Election looms, Heather Jameson says there are a host of domestic policy challenges which lead directly to local government’s door.
Local democracy 'needs to be revitalised'
A think-tank has published a blueprint for a complete overhaul of local governance in Scotland.
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.
Metro mayors must deliver bold socio-economic vision
A ‘bold social and economic vision’ needs to be delivered if metro mayors are to be a success, according to a business lobby group.
‘Tribal politics’ curb West Yorkshire devo deal
Conservative tribal politics appear to have thwarted a mayoral devolution deal for West Yorkshire.
Think-tank calls for fiscal devolution
Council tax and business rates in Scotland should be devolved in full to local authorities, a think-tank has argued.
PM May's rallying call to Tory councillors
Prime minister Theresa May has delivered a rallying call for Conservative councillors claiming the party can win any seat.
Brexit: The next chapter for local government
The prime minister triggered Article 50 last week, firing the UK into one of the most crucial periods of its modern history. Mark Conrad investigates the risks and opportunities for local government as the country negotiates its exit from the EU