BREAKING: Fuller beats Saint to DCN role
South Norfolk DC leader, Cllr John Fuller, has thrashed his rival in the two-horse race to become the chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN).
Carter vs Simmonds: Why I want to be LGA Tory leader
Local Government Association Conservative Group leadership candidates, Kent CC leader Paul Carter and Hillingdon LBC leader David Simmonds, outline their top priorities.
Austerity must be eased
Heather Jameson says that without the return of business rates or a solution to the social care crisis, the only option must be the easing of austerity.
Lessons from the ashes of Grenfell
As a tribute to those who have died at Grenfell, we should embark on well-constructed, good standard, mass housebuilding for all, writes Claire Fox.
A new deal
Paul Watson argues any spending concessions the DUP attempts to extract as part of a deal with the Conservatives should be mirrored across the UK, in regions and in local government.
Counties can impact the next administration's agenda
There is a growing disquiet as to whether business rate retention offers the solutions to local government's funding needs, argues James Maker as he looks ahead to the Queen's Speech.
The big opportunity for local government
The Government is heavily exposed to backbench revolts – not just on Brexit but on public sector funding. Michael Burton reports on last week’s election, which could give local government the best opportunity to press home its case in decades.
What happened under the last minority government?
Michael Burton looks back to the last time the UK had a minority government to see what history can teach us about our current political climate.
Queen’s Speech or Minority report?
With a minority government, the good news is, it will be easy to block bad legislation, writes Heather Jameson. The bad news is we could see inertia.
Lord Porter unopposed as LGA chairman
Chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Porter, will remain in post unopposed for another year.
Javid stays on as communities secretary
Sajid Javid has been re-appointed as communities secretary by prime minister Theresa May.
Social care has taken a beating in the elections too
Theresa May is not the only potential casualty of this election. The social care issue has taken a pretty severe political beating as well, says Adam Lent
May is now uniquely exposed to backbench revolts on public sector reforms
Michael Burton unpicks the numbers in the wake of the shock General Election result.
May must listen to the public on the state of the state
As the General Election delivers a hung parliament, Heather Jameson warns that politicians need to listen to the lessons of the voters.
Snap election costs Barwell his seat
The snap election called by Theresa May to shore up her majority in the run up to Brexit has delivered a hung parliament instead – and lost a key player for local government his seat.
What do local authorities really need from the next Government?
Sam Clayden looks beyond the politics and asks sector experts what the new Government – whatever form it takes – really needs to address.
An election without honesty that failed to engage
The public has been offered a choice between a return to the 1950s or to the 1970s, argues Heather Jameson. Neither party has offered a vision of the future and a plausible way to pay for it.
Labour shine the spotlight on public services
The Labour party has turned its focus on public services, with leader Jeremy Corbyn berating seven years of Tory austerity and pledging more than £45bn of investment.
Boost for women in equal pay fight
Thousands of low paid women have been given permission to proceed with their equal pay claims against Glasgow City Council.
What the Tory manifesto means for district councils
Ian Miller breaks down the Conservative manifesto and analyses how, if the Tories are in power, their policies will impact on district councils.