Dan Peters

  • £5.2bn and counting

    22 August 2019

    The Local Government Association (LGA) will argue the sector faces a £5.2bn funding gap in 2020/21 despite believing the figure is an underestimate, The MJ understands.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Fresh demand for place-based budgets

    21 August 2019

    A fresh demand for place-based budgets has been made by the co-chair of an independent panel that first made the call five years ago.

  • Crime-fighting funds in scarce supply - survey

    21 August 2019

    Three out of four UK council chief executives and leaders do not have access to enough funding to tackle rising levels of violent youth crime, a survey has found.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Brexit blow as councils miss MHCLG deadline

    20 August 2019

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick’s flagship Brexit policy has been dealt a blow after dozens of councils missed the deadline for nominating a lead officer.

  • LEP chairs still waiting for PM meeting

    20 August 2019

    An overdue Prime Minister’s meeting of local enterprise partnership (LEP) chairs has not been scheduled, with Number 10 yet to commit to continuing the twice-yearly gatherings.

  • Unprecedented joint Spending Review bid floated

    19 August 2019

    An unprecedented joint bid could be made to next year’s Spending Review by Core Cities, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Homes England.

  • CIPFA index 'must be forward-looking'

    19 August 2019

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) must double down on efforts to include indicators that are forward-looking in its financial resilience index, a senior sector figure has suggested.

  • Jenrick to check councils' borrowing bids

    19 August 2019

    New local government secretary Robert Jenrick will take a fresh look at councils excessively borrowing for commercial reasons, The MJ understands.

  • Commissioners urge NAO to monitor auditor powers

    19 August 2019

    The National Audit Office (NAO) should monitor auditors’ use of additional powers and use this to produce a report to help identify sector-wide risks and issues, the Government-appointed commissioners overseeing under-fire Northamptonshire CC (NCC) have urged.

  • MHCLG security review after knife attack

    16 August 2019

    Security will be reviewed across the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) estate after one of the department’s officials suffered a knife attack.

  • Treasury renews support for Northern Powerhouse

    16 August 2019

    The Treasury has renewed support for the Northern Powerhouse project as it makes rebalancing the economy one of its core objectives.

  • Councils face more funding uncertainty

    14 August 2019

    ‘Indicative numbers’ for the amount councils will receive in 2020/21 will not be published before next month’s Spending Review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has admitted after it missed a self-imposed deadline.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Jenrick pledges to improve Brexit communications

    13 August 2019

    New local government secretary Robert Jenrick has promised to make communication from Whitehall on Brexit more streamlined and clearer than in the past, The MJ understands.

  • Tourism levy meeting call

    13 August 2019

    Core Cities has called for a meeting with new culture secretary Nicky Morgan and her ministers to discuss the idea of a hotel room levy.

  • Language change for DToC

    12 August 2019

    The term ‘delayed transfers of care [DToC] beds’ should be scrapped to ‘support a greater focus on people,’ health and social care representatives have said.

  • Local audit at a 'crossroads'

    12 August 2019

    Local audit is at a ‘crossroads’ and needs to provide ‘better assurance and more impact for the public,’ Grant Thornton has said.

  • Red card shown to traffic light rating

    12 August 2019

    Controversial plans to issue a traffic light rating for every councils’ financial sustainability have finally been ditched following an outcry from the sector.

  • Number of delayed audit opinions rockets

    09 August 2019

    The number of delayed audit opinions in local government has risen sharply this year, according to figures compiled by the body responsible for appointing auditors.

  • Councils forge ahead with clear-up after flooding

    08 August 2019

    Staff at England's largest council have started work to repair the flood damage that closed roads and deluged homes.

  • One in five fail to keep schools deficit below 1%

    08 August 2019

    One in five councils with education responsibilities have failed to keep their dedicated schools grant (DSG) deficit below 1% of the total, The MJ can reveal.