Gove scraps urban centre recovery taskforce
Communities secretary Michael Gove has disbanded a 10-strong expert advisory group of local government leaders and business after just a year.
Government U-turn on Westferry planning permission
The Government has overturned the controversial planning decision that landed former communities secretary Robert Jenrick in hot water.
Government tight-lipped on Thanet response
The Government has refused to disclose how it is responding to long-standing issues at Thanet DC following a request to intervene from its leader.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils brace themselves for local government exit pay cap
Councils are bracing themselves for the return of exit pay cap proposals as Whitehall officials draw up plans specific to the sector.
Counties in council tax warning
County leaders have warned council tax bills would have to rise by a fifth over three years to get close to eliminating their deficits.
Future Forum: Councils, not Whitehall, are leaders of place
Civil service ‘heads of place’ should not supplant councillors, Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive Mark Lloyd has said.
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.
Jenrick sacked as communities secretary
Robert Jenrick has been replaced by Michael Gove in the Cabinet reshuffle.
Councils handed deadline for Afghan resettlement offers
Ministers have asked every council in the UK to come forward with offers of support for the Afghan resettlement scheme within 10 days.
Wait continues for resettlement scheme details
Key details of the new resettlement scheme for arriving Afghan refugees have still not been confirmed by the Government as ministers plead for council help.
More help for Afghan refugees ‘urgently required’
The Government has asked councils to provide more support for Afghan people fleeing violence at home.
Councils to have ‘bigger role’ in building safety
The Government has said it wants to give councils a ‘bigger role’ in making sure high-rise buildings are safe.
County areas chase devo dream
County areas are lining up to strike one of the first tranche of devolution deals.
EXCLUSIVE: Porter intervention in waste plans
A former Conservative chairman of the Local Government Association has angrily criticised the Environment Bill’s waste reform proposals.
Jenrick primes inspectors for planning changes despite growing revolt
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has written to the chief of the Planning Inspectorate amid growing fears over a revolt over planning proposals.
PwC to help Nottingham transformation vision
Nottingham City Council will pay consultancy PwC £400,000 to help draw up its ‘vision for what it wishes to achieve through transformation’.
Eyeing up the horizon on reorganisation
Heather Jameson looks at the latest round of reorganisation and asks: will it embolden councils to go for further restructures?
Jenrick announces unitary deals
North Yorkshire and Somerset CCs have been given the go ahead to become single unitary councils while Cumbria will be carved in two.
Good design alone cannot address the Nimby challenge
In principle, focusing on housing design quality is a good idea, says Michael Burton. 'But councillors know the cost of ignoring their residents’ views on unpopular new housing estates, whatever ministers insist: they lose their seats.'
New housing to be in keeping with local tradition, Jenrick says
New homes should be built using an architectural style in keeping with the history of their area and located on streets lined with trees, the Government has announced.