• Raynes bags combined authority post

    20 August 2018

    Smith Square’s former head of programmes, Paul Raynes, is to join the team of directors at the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

  • CIPFA faces member rebellion over traffic light index

    20 August 2018

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is facing opposition from its own members to its proposals for a traffic light-style resilience index, The MJ understands.

  • Voter ID rollout could cost £20m

    14 August 2018

    Calls to halt trials of voter ID have been renewed after Cabinet Office documents showed it could cost £20m to roll out.

  • 'Knock-on effects' warning over LEP deadline

    14 August 2018

    A policy expert has added his criticism to the ‘overly-hasty’ September deadline for reformed Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) geographies and warned of ‘knock-on effects’.

  • Minister praises councils' Prevent role

    13 August 2018

    Minister Ben Wallace has said he expects ‘natural variations’ in the delivery of local counter-terror strategies as Whitehall hands greater responsibility for Prevent to councils.

  • Simplified rates retention approach mooted

    13 August 2018

    A separate grant to reward councils that help Government achieve its policy objectives under business rates retention could be introduced, The MJ understands.

  • Government prepared to consider 'Amazon tax' - Hammond

    10 August 2018

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the Government would be ‘prepared to consider a tax on online platform businesses based on the value generated’.

  • Whiteman: NHS will benefit most from Spending Review

    09 August 2018

    Councils were this week warned not to expect a significant windfall in next spring’s Spending Review by the man who represents local government finance officers.

  • Public votes proposed in civil society strategy

    09 August 2018

    Communities could be put in charge of facilities and decision-making put to public votes under proposals published by the Government today.

  • Whitehall attempts to reassure councils on Brexit

    07 August 2018

    Whitehall has insisted it is working to help councils prepare for a hard Brexit despite claims some authorities have been left to fend for themselves.

  • LEPs in Whitehall engagement warning

    07 August 2018

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have privately warned Whitehall departments they must improve their engagement if they are to deliver a post-Brexit boost to the UK, The MJ has learnt.

  • Localis calls for 'big bang' devolution approach

    06 August 2018

    Think-tank Localis has called for a ‘big bang approach’ to recast the relationship between Whitehall and councils.

  • Income-generating investments announced by councils

    06 August 2018

    Two more councils have announced income-generating investments as town halls seek the finances required to protect key services amid continued austerity.

  • No timescale for 100% business rates retention

    01 August 2018

    The Government has reaffirmed its long-term commitment to 100% business rates retention but ignored calls to detail a timeframe for implementation.

  • LEPs face race against time

    01 August 2018

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) face a race against time to reconfigure and register as legal entities, amid a threat from ministers to withhold growth fund cash.

  • Labour proposes national youth services body

    31 July 2018

    Senior Labour Party figures have announced plans to establish a national body to oversee future statutory youth services across local authorities.

  • New Homes Bonus 'in the mix'

    31 July 2018

    The New Homes Bonus may continue beyond 2020, Whitehall sources have suggested.

  • MPs call for devolution expansion

    31 July 2018

    The current programme of English devolution to combined authorities and mayors should be expanded and greater powers devolved, MPs have said.

  • Government urged to halt voter ID

    30 July 2018

    Ministers have come under renewed pressure to halt plans to expand compulsory voter ID pilots.

  • Re: ?

    27 July 2018

    When Diary writes an email it sometimes agonises over what to put in the subject line.