Councils in £1.7m ‘amicable separation’
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council has asked neighbouring Dorset for £1.7m to leave a joint services partnership.
Councils turn to reorganisation after ‘running out of ideas’
Local government minister Kemi Badenoch has questioned the reasoning behind some authorities’ reorganisation bids.
Take note of the Snooty Fox
In the light of the legal case of the Snooty Fox, Andy Sawford urges that local government areas going through reorganisation carry out an audit of skeletons in the cupboard.
MP opposes 'undemocratic' council merger
The proposed merger of two district councils has been labelled ‘undemocratic’ by a local MP.
Not top-down reform – but beware the bottom-up push
While we have ruled out top-down reorganisation of local government, the prospect of forcing bottom-up reform remains, says Heather Jameson.
The Government should push on fast with reorganisation
Anyone looking at bold plans for the future should bite the bullet on reorganisation and get it done fast, advises global chief executive of Ipsos Ben Page.
Government dismisses fears over reorganisation master plan
The Government has dismissed reports of a leaked version of the levelling up White Paper, which revealed plans to scrap two-tier local government in England.
Leaked White Paper reveals reorganisation master plan
A leaked version of the levelling up White Paper has revealed plans to scrap two-tier local government in England.
LGA concerns over devolution approach
Senior figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) have raised concerns about Westminster’s approach to devolution.
Reasons to be cheerful
The MJ and Penna’s annual survey of council chief executives reveals resilience and the ability to adapt have become reasons for the sector to celebrate, yet respect and recognition outside the sector is still lacking. Heather Jameson reports.
Getting on with the daily job
Business as usual services must continue at South Lakeland DC with performance kept at the highest levels as local authorities in Cumbria await local government reorganisation and the formation of two new councils, says Lawrence Conway.
Cumbria chief quits after three months
Gill Steward, who took up the council’s top job in August, will leave next month, Cumbria CC has confirmed.
Cumbria begins reorganisation legal challenge
Cumbria CC has begun its legal action against local government reorganisation in the county.
Elections are a family affair
Andrew Seekings looks at how Cumbria is preparing for the electoral challenges of local government reorganisation as it plans for next year’s elections to the shadow authorities and beyond.
Hampshire hamstrung by social care cost pressures
Hampshire CC has revealed social care cost pressures are costing it more than double the value of government grant and the council tax precept.
Moving from good to great in Cumbria
The early stages of the transition programme for reorganisation in Cumbria are being developed and defined, says Lawrence Conway. Moving from good to great will be achieved by 'working with our communities, our partners and our amazing staff.'
Government brushes off reorganisation challenge
The Government is believed to have brushed off a legal challenge from Cumbria CC to reorganisation plans for the county.
Pickles praises mayors during pandemic
Former local government secretary Eric Pickles has admitted he was a ‘late convert’ to the idea of metro mayors.
North Yorkshire reorganisation to cost millions
North Yorkshire CC has committed millions of pounds of reserves towards the costs of local government reorganisation in the county.
County areas chase devo dream
County areas are lining up to strike one of the first tranche of devolution deals.