Heather Jameson

Heather Jameson

Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
  • £20m cash boost announced for designated Brexit officers

    05 August 2019

    All councils will need to have a lead officer on Brexit as the government steps up its preparations for a no-deal.


  • Taking back control from Westminster

    30 July 2019

    Most Prime Ministers are surrounded by speculation on what they will achieve in their first 100 days. For Boris Johnson, he has just 99 days to deliver Brexit and the clock is rapidly ticking.


  • Jenrick takes top job at MHCLG

    25 July 2019

    Former Treasury minister Robert Jenrick has been appointed as the new secretary of state at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).


  • West Midlands scrap plans for business rates hike

    24 July 2019

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has ruled out a rise in business rates for the region.


  • It’s time to get to work

    24 July 2019

    Heather Jameson assesses the growing to-do list facing the sector as a new government takes shape, with Brexit still looming in the background.


  • Open letter to Boris Johnson

    24 July 2019

    In an open letter to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Heather Jameson says: 'I would argue you only need to give councils one thing: respect.'


  • Booth-Smith tipped for No.10 job

    22 July 2019

    Communities special adviser Liam Booth-Smith is tipped to be made deputy chief of staff under Sir Edward Lister, if Boris Johnson is elected as the leader of the Conservative Party.


  • South Kesteven chief steps down

    18 July 2019

    Aidan Rave has stepped down as the chief executive of South Kesteven DC to pursue new ventures.


  • 'Horrendous' member relations hampered St Helens

    18 July 2019

    A culture review by the Local Government Association found 'horrendous' relationships between members at St Helens Council and blurred lines between officers and members.


  • Standards bearer

    17 July 2019

    As communities secretary James Brokenshire launched a review of the local government audit regime, he spoke to Heather Jameson about his plans to drive governance and performance


  • There’s still a long way to go on the road to recycling

    17 July 2019

    We should not be spending less on recycling, but more, according to Heather Jameson. The Government needs to legislate to cut waste at its source.


  • Brum’s turnaround plan should have come sooner

    09 July 2019

    Birmingham City Council has created a new model of intervention, says Heather Jameson - 'but it should have happened before now'.


  • Big hitters revealed for the Brum turnaround team

    09 July 2019

    The proposed advisers drafted in to help turn Birmingham City Council around include an array of local government big hitters.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Improvement model proposed for troubled Brum

    08 July 2019

    Troubled Birmingham City Council has come up with plans for a new improvement model in its latest plans to avoid Government intervention.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Brum's Baxendale quits for New Zealand

    08 July 2019

    Birmingham City Council chief executive Dawn Baxendale is departing to take up a new post at Christchurch City Council in New Zealand after just over a year in post.


  • Sandwell chief steps down

    05 July 2019

    Sandwell Council's chief executive, Jan Britton, has left the authority after 13 years, eight as chief executive.


  • The clock is ticking on the push for devolution

    03 July 2019

    There will be little bandwidth for local government policy in the coming months, says Heather Jameson. Her lesson to the victor of the LGA's very own leadership election is: don't wait.


  • The pitfalls of risk and return

    03 July 2019

    Kent CC hit the headlines after it tried to withdraw £263m of its pension pot from the Woodford Equity Income Fund, but had its investment frozen. Heather Jameson looks at whether Kent made a mistake – and asks what other councils can learn.


  • LGA Conference 2019

    02 July 2019

    The MJ is bringing you all the latest news and features from this year's Local Government Association Conference in Bournemouth.


  • Bring it on – give it to us

    02 July 2019

    James Jamieson is the newly-elected chairman of the Local Government Association. He talks to Heather Jameson about his priorities. He wants councils to have ‘not just the responsibility, we want the resources and the responsibility’