Blue sky thinking
The ongoing battle over council boundaries is likely to be put on the back burner for a while after the calling of a General Election.
Election casts doubt on 100% retention plan
Plans to roll out 100% business rates retention from April 2019 have been thrown into the air by the calling of the General Election.
‘Tribal politics’ curb West Yorkshire devo deal
Conservative tribal politics appear to have thwarted a mayoral devolution deal for West Yorkshire.
Lloyd: Councils continuing to pull it off with great aplomb
Councils are continuing to thrive despite unprecedented cuts over the last 10 years,’ the chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Transparency warning issued for LEPs
Communities secretary Sajid Javid this week urged local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to ‘take a good look at your corporate governance’ amid transparency concerns.
Council for the North 'vital for regional strategy’
Fresh calls have been made for a ‘mezzanine tier of government’ across the North to make major strategic decisions.
‘Ambitious’ health integration plans look to be ‘scaled back’
The Government has scaled back on achieving full health and social care integration by 2020, it has been claimed.
Councils prepared to lose cash after Brexit
Council negotiators have resigned themselves to taking a financial hit from Brexit as they continue talks with ministers, The MJ understands.
CA company to promote region’s overseas growth
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has established a growth company to help promote the region around the world.
‘Brexit wil make more work for small firms,’ says Javid
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has said the Government will use Brexit to make it easier for small companies to bid for work from local authorities.
Budget 2017: Hammond announces £2bn social care cash
Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised additional grant funding of £2bn over the next three years in an attempt to plug England’s social care budget gap.
Council’s ‘dire finances’ under scrutiny by MPs
A council has denied it is being run ‘incompetently’ after its MP flagged up the state of its finances with ministers.
Leaked recording confirms Surrey 'gentleman's agreement'
A leaked recording of Surrey CC leader, David Hodge, admitting he secured a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ from ministers to call off a referendum has emerged.
Ellerby bags new Croydon role
Croydon LBC has announced the appointment of Julian Ellerby to the borough’s new director of strategy and partnerships role.
DCN to lobby Whitehall on future of baseline rate
The District Councils’ Network (DCN) will lobby the Government for certainty on the future baseline rate, below which councils will not receive the New Homes Bonus (NHB).
Birmingham denies Rogers in line for £500k exit package
Birmingham City Council has denied that outgoing chief executive Mark Rogers is in line for a £500,000 payoff.
Government to look again at rates revaluation
Sajid Javid has promised to work with the chancellor to support the small businesses that will be hit hardest by the rates revaluation.
Whitehall remains tight-lipped about 2018/19 rates pilots
Whitehall has refused to disclose details of discussions it has had with potential rate retention pilot areas that could test the new system from 2018/19.
Javid ignores calls for more council funding
Whitehall has ignored local government’s calls for new council funding in 2017/18, leaving senior sector figures ‘hugely disappointed’.
New burdens doctrine to continue
The new burdens doctrine will continue beyond 2020, the Government has confirmed.