• Making a resilient start

    21 May 2024

    Ann McGauran talks to ADEPT’s new president Ann Carruthers about the need for resilience and the increasing challenges for place services as funding continues to be curtailed

  • What’s next for devolution?

    20 May 2024

    Kate Kennally says widening and deepening devolution should be on the agenda for the next government – giving local leaders the tools to build strong foundations for a fair and prosperous UK.

  • Auditors add to council biometric warnings

    20 May 2024

    A spending watchdog has echoed councils’ concerns that biometric entry requirements at UK ports could lead to freight delays and gridlock on major roads.

  • LGA launches attack on DfT over traffic fine surplus plans

    17 May 2024

    Council leaders have hit back at the Department for Transport (DfT) over plans to restrict their ability to generate surpluses from traffic contraventions.

  • Government advisers urge overhaul of infrastructure funding

    16 May 2024

    Councils should be given more funding to play a greater role in developing infrastructure projects, according to Government advisers.

  • Council to be prosecuted over busway deaths

    10 May 2024

    Cambridgeshire CC has been served a court summons over three deaths in separate incidents on its troubled guided busway.

  • Third council in biometrics warning

    09 April 2024

    A third council has warned it faces potential fallout from new entry checks at UK borders earmarked for October.

  • Why mayors matter

    08 April 2024

    Polling shows the public wants more local control over policy decisions, and directly-elected mayors give them the chance to put place over politics, says Paul Swinney.

  • Pothole-riddled roads need £16bn investment, study finds

    19 March 2024

    The condition of roads in England and Wales has continued to decline despite councils spending £144m filling in two million potholes this financial year.

  • Local government can drive an inclusive transition to net zero 

    13 March 2024

    Emily Morrison calls for a place-based approach to net zero transition, saying national policy is failing to support the UK’s poorest households towards a carbon-neutral future. 

  • LTNs popular and effective, leaked report says

    11 March 2024

    Low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) are popular and effective, a leaked report from the Department for Transport (DfT) has found.

  • Councils should be given more flexibility over fund, says LGA

    27 February 2024

    Councils should be given more flexibility over funding, a senior councillor has said in the aftermath of reallocated funding from HS2.

  • The power of two

    13 February 2024

    As Devon and Torbay sign up for a groundbreaking devolution deal, Cllr John Hart explains what it will mean for local people, and how it changes the relationship with central government.

  • Is EV charging the new rural amenity?

    13 February 2024

     EV charging is part of the solution to sustain thriving, dynamic rural communities, according to Zest.

  • London stalling?

    13 February 2024

    Nick Bowes sets out the reasons why more progress hasn’t been made on devolution in London and looks at what’s likely to happen next.

  • Rocket-booster for the UK’s economy

    06 February 2024

    Newcastle, ‘backbone of the UK economy’, is powered by unique natural assets and a drive to innovate that is fundamental to the future prospects of the UK and the wider world. Cllr Nick Kemp explains.

  • Government’s thinking on transport integration is confused

    06 February 2024

    Current arrangements for taxi licensing in shire counties work well and do not need to be disturbed, says Ian Miller.

  • SEND school transport’s impossible situation

    23 January 2024

    Suzanne Smith and Ann Carruthers set out recommendations to government from a report highlighting the unsustainable pressures councils face from the cost of providing SEND school transport.

  • A brilliant new gateway: Brent Cross West station

    03 January 2024

    Barnet LBC had to overcome significant challenges to deliver London newest train station Brent Cross West, but the project, though daunting at times, was worth it, says Cath Shaw.

  • HS2 bill leaves Cheshire East at risk of s114

    15 December 2023

    Cheshire East Council could be left facing a section 114 notice unless it receives Government compensation for cuts to the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link.