Controversial Somerset poll backs district plan
A controversial poll on reorganisation in Somerset has come out in favour of a district-based proposal.
Experts divided on devolution
The debate over bespoke deals or a national framework has re-emerged with the publication of an Industrial Strategy Council report.
Somerset districts in poll controversy
District leaders have struck back following criticism over an error in their reorganisation vote.
Jenrick questions 'confusing' reorganisation poll
Voting is underway in a postal ballot organised by district councils on competing unitary authority proposals.
Bringing data and teams together to help make reorganisation a success
Steve White looks at the challenges and opportunities emerging from local government reorganisation, and says system rationalisation can be a major benefit.
Nottinghamshire pressed to abandon reorganisation
A motion will be tabled at Nottinghamshire CC calling for reorganisation proposals to be dropped
South Somerset to review chief executive role
The council has appointed an interim chief executive as the prospect of local government reorganisation looms.
Devo must focus on economy, says think-tank
Devolution needs to focus on rebuilding the economy rather than local government reorganisation, a think-tank has claimed.
South Holland to find strategic partner within the month
The council is looking to form a partnership with another authority within Lincolnshire, having separated from Breckland DC this week.
Why the rush to create unitary authorities?
Paul Shevlin says councils were 'dangled the carrot of devolution, but that now appears to have been an illusion, with no sign of any White Paper forthcoming, and no sign of the billions of pounds of investment which was suggested'.
Questions over impact of reorganisation on Levelling Up Fund
MPs have sought ‘clarity’ on priority rankings for Levelling Up Fund investment.
Reorganisation being 'rushed through in pandemic'
The current local government reorganisation process is being ‘rushed through in a pandemic,’ a shadow minister has said.
The dreamy world of local government
Ian Miller waxes lyrical on a local government sector transformed into a paradise of five-yearly council tax revaluations, binned bidding rounds and mature joint working between district and county councils.
LEPs braced for shake-up ahead of review
Local enterprise partnerships (LEP) are preparing themselves for a further shake-up amid the second government review of the organisations in three years.
Back from the brink
In 2018, Northamptonshire CC became notorious in local government. Yet the council, which is soon to be replaced with two new unitaries, is set to leave a substantial surplus to its successors. Cllr Matt Golby explains how this was achieved.
Pushing for influence on the national stage
Heather Jameson talks to chief executive of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Graham Farrant, about the outlook for local communities and economies two years on from the birth of the new unitary.
The White Paper recognises coterminosity makes a strategic difference
Abdool Kara asks if the lessons of Lansley will be learned, 'especially the making-redundant-then-rehiring of health professionals strategy that cost the public purse dearly in 2011?'
Gone but not forgotten
Northampton BC will soon be no more as it is swallowed up into the new West Northamptonshire Council.
Tear down devolution 'barriers,' APPG urges
Powers should be devolved to councils before reorganisation takes place, a new report has concluded.
North Northamptonshire to ‘do the boring well’
Coronavirus has tempered expectations as North Northamptonshire Council prepares for launch.