Clarke vows to 'finish the job' on mayors and create more unitaries
Local government minister Simon Clarke has emphasised the Government’s commitment to introducing more elected mayors and unitary councils.
Warwickshire districts vote on
Stratford DC is to vote next week on plans to create a ‘super district’ with neighbouring Warwick DC.
The new local - taking a sector-led approach to restructuring
Ben Ward, partner at Ameo and Lesley Seary, non-executive director at FutureGov reflect on the future shape of government at a local and regional level
Jenrick: We'll back local government
Robert Jenrick has promised that Whitehall will back local government in the same way councils ‘stepped up and supported people in their time of need’.
Will coronavirus kill democratic local government?
The Government might welcome an end to elected local government, say Jonathan Davies and Dr Arianna Giovannini. But they argue this outcome would be ‘dangerously short-sighted’.
LGA shies away from reorganisation 'fight back'
The Local Government Association (LGA) has shied away from calls for it to launch a ‘fight back’ against reorganisation though senior members criticised any top-down approach.
Local government needs a reset
Local government lies at the heart of multiple emergencies, warns Heather Jameson. She says we need a new system of modern and fully funded public services, joined up at a local level.
Fresh reorganisation offensive leaves districts quaking
The County Councils’ Network (CCN) has launched a fresh offensive to rip up the local government map as the country emerges from the shadow of coronavirus.
Javid urges reorganisation and devolution post-COVID
Council tax reform and local government reorganisation should both play a part in the post COVID economic recovery, former communities secretary Sajid Javid has said.
Minister warns about council 'sustainability' after rebellion
A minister has warned Boston BC could become ‘unsustainable’ after councillors rejected sharing services with East Lindsey DC.
Northamptonshire unitary unveils top team
George Candler has been appointed interim chief executive by the West Northamptonshire Shadow Authority.
Somerset CC returns to unitary proposals
An attempt to restart local government reorganisation in Somerset has been given a frosty reception by district authorities.
Nottinghamshire to return to reorganisation proposals
Controversial proposals for the reorganisation of local government in Nottinghamshire have resurfaced as part of work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Government should create unitary system, think-tank urges
The Government should create a unitary system of local government based on functional economic areas, a think-tank has argued.
Jenrick urges councils not to delay on coronavirus spending
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick this week urged council leaders not to put off decisions because of money in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Academics urge fiscal devolution
Experts have told MPs that financial powers must form part of the Government’s devolution plans.
Councils are survivors
Claire Kober says that while the year ahead promises its up and downs, The MJ's columnists are united on the resilience of the sector and its ability to withstand whatever is thrown at it.
Reorganisation fears overshadow devolution talks
Concerns over local government reorganisation are marring devolution talks in the north-west.
Dorset facing £16m overspend following ‘challenging year’
The council’s expected overspend for the financial year has grown due to increased demand for services.
Will devo be lost in translation?
What next for districts and devolution, asks Kathy O'Leary. Are there lessons we can learn from Japan?