£31m Hong Kong integration fund launched
Funding of £30.7m will be provided to councils to support new arrivals from Hong Kong.
Jenrick backs legal challenge over virtual meetings
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has backed a legal challenge to allow councils to carry on with virtual meetings.
Councils 'undermined' by right to regenerate plans
The local government sector has urged a rethink on proposals to hand ministers powers to force the sale of public land.
More cash as Troubled Families rebranded
The Government has rebranded its Troubled Families programme and pledged £165m.
Limited government intervention is good outcome, says Liverpool chief
A limited intervention at Liverpool City Council – rather than the full takeover that was expected – is a good outcome for the city, chief executive Tony Reeves has told The MJ.
Jenrick steps in at 'dysfunctional' Liverpool
Commissioners will be sent in to Liverpool City Council after an independent inquiry found serious mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has told Parliament.
Communities call for funding powers
Funds aimed at levelling up the country should be devolved to communities, according to a new report.
Councils to be given five years to spend Right to Buy receipts
Councils will be given five years to spend receipts from Right to Buy sales as part of an overhaul of the key housing policy, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.
'Concern' over Nottingham recovery plans
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has expressed concern at Nottingham City Council’s plans to turn around its 'very serious weaknesses'.
Fresh council warning over rates appeals
Councils have warned they could face financial collapse if potential cuts to business rates go ahead.
Ministers insist they did not interfere in fund prioritisation
Ministers have insisted they did not interfere in the prioritisation of places for two new funds.
LEPs sidelined ahead of review
Local enterprise partnerships (LEP) have been side-lined from two crucial funds ahead of a review of the future of the organisations.
Heather Jameson looks at what the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s latest resilience index tells us – and what it doesn’t – about the financial health of councils.
Unison call for election safety measures
The Government needs to implement strict measures in May’s local elections to keep staff safe, trade union Unison urged today.
Jenrick warned of legal action over end to virtual meetings
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has been served a pre-action letter warning of legal action to allow virtual council meetings to continue.
Easing the cash flow
Martin Ford looks at the reaction to the first set of capitalisation directions given to councils struggling under the financial weight of COVID.
Levelling Up Fund to feature rapid bid process
The £4bn cross-departmental Levelling Up Fund will feature a rapid bid process, with all projects having to be completed before the next General Election, The MJ understands.
EXCLUSIVE: Pressure mounts on Jenrick over audit
Whitehall officials are putting communities secretary Robert Jenrick under pressure to change course after he failed to implement a key recommendation of the Redmond Review, The MJ understands.
Government 'understands' virtual meetings call
Sector representatives have been told their arguments for allowing virtual meetings to continue have been ‘well-made and are understood’ by the Government.
Jenrick announces final finance settlement
The Government has published the final local government finance settlement for England.