Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
Sunak set to reveal a further £5bn for high streets
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected announce a further £5bn to rescue high streets in the Budget on Wednesday.
A confirmation of local government’s true resilience
Heather Jameson ponders what the latest CIPFA resilience index tells us about the state of local government finances. It contains 'a curious mix of highly informative and utterly irrelevant information'.
Index reveals funding woes
Most councils allowed to use capital cash to prop up their finances faced problems before the impact of the pandemic hit, new figures have revealed.
Cities are key to building back better, think-tank says
Government will not be able to fulfil its commitment to building back better without investment in cities, a new report commissioned by Core Cities UK has claimed.
Two directors resign from crisis-hit Croydon
Two executive directors have resigned from crisis-hit Croydon LBC after they were suspended earlier this month.
Put climate change at the heart of building back, say MPs
Climate change needs to be at the heart of the government’s plans to build back the economy after COVID-19, MPs have declared.
Councils call for extra cash for expanded shielding list
Councils have called for more access to data and extra cash to deal with sharp spike in the number of people shielding from coronavirus.
Pulling together at the top
Calderdale Council won the senior leadership team of the year in The MJ Achievement Awards 2020. Chief executive Robin Tuddenham tells Heather Jameson his top team ‘are fundamentally incredibly skilled and knowledgeable but, secondly, connect to each other’
The cap didn’t fit, and lessons must be learned from it
The Government has revoked the £95,000 cap on exit payments rule. Heather Jameson says the plan was 'an erosion of employment rights not just for the highly paid execs it was aimed at'.
Business leader calls for appeals talks to restart
Halting discussions on business rates appeals between the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and ratepayers is ‘outrageous’, one of the negotiators has claimed.
NI councils handed powers to vary taxes
New legislation at Stormont will allow councils in Northern Ireland to vary the rate of council tax and business rates.
Brum eyes up another interim amid a dearth of candidates
Birmingham City Council is set to hire a further interim chief executive as there is ‘not a pool of candidates currently available’ for the job.
Finance chiefs' rates warning
Potential cuts to the rateable values of business properties in light of COVID could have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on council budgets, London finance chiefs have warned.
A winning champion for change
Anna Earnshaw’s role in improving the social care department at troubled Northamptonshire CC won her the award of Corporate Director of the Year in The MJ Achievement Awards last year. Heather Jameson talked to her about her achievement.
Fixing the fiscal flaws
Last week saw the Treasury put a pause on business rates billing until after the Budget. But the March announcement is unlikely to address the bigger issues facing council tax and business rates. Heather Jameson reports.
There is no better time to sort out funding
Heather Jameson says it will take a wholesale rethink of local government funding – and a social care bill – to fix finances. 'And there is no better time to start than now.'
EXCLUSIVE: Four senior Croydon officers suspended
Crisis-hit Croydon LBC has suspended a big chunk of its senior leadership in a bombshell move.
Failing to act on audit invites intervention, says Whiteman
A failure to act on the Redmond review could lead to more Government intervention, finance chief Rob Whiteman has told MPs.
Councils face £1.3bn shortfall on council tax, says IFS
Councils face a £1.3bn shortfall in the council tax they were expecting for 2020/21, finance think-tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated.
Six councils edge closer to bail out deal
Six councils are deep in negotiations with the Government in a bid to claw them out of their financial difficulties in the run up to next week’s settlement, The MJ understands.