Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
Queen's Speech: No social care solution in sight
The Queen’s Speech has said proposals on social care reform will be brought forward – but it fell short of a commitment to legislation in this Parliament.
Anderson granted permission to challenge legal fees decision
Former mayor of Liverpool City Council, Joe Anderson, has been granted permission to challenge the council’s decision not to pay his legal fees.
Queen's speech: PM's 'live local and prosper' promise
Levelling up, boosting the economy and backing the NHS are set to be the priorities for Tuesday’s Queen’s speech.
Local elections 2021: Counties buck the Tory trend
County councils have bucked the trend of Conservative success in the local elections on Thursday, with a mixed picture for the party.
Local elections 2021: Voters back mayors in referendums
Tower Hamlets and Newham LBCs have both voted to keep the post of directly-elected mayor in referendums run alongside the local elections.
Devo must focus on economy, says think-tank
Devolution needs to focus on rebuilding the economy rather than local government reorganisation, a think-tank has claimed.
MJ Housing: Affordability, sustainablity, economy – the housing challenges
After his four year stint as chief executive of Homes England, Nick Walkley has a clear understanding of the challenges facing the housing sector – and where local government fits in. He talks to Heather Jameson about what he has learned.
Criticism for ‘toothless’ HDT
Government measures to push councils into meeting their housing targets are ‘toothless,’ a development consultancy has claimed.
MJ Housing: Mayor’s Right to Buy pledge
London Mayor Saqid Khan has pledged to buy back council homes sold under Right to Buy as part of his mayoral manifesto.
We need more than fancy slogans to reach the right level
Boris Johnson will personally turn his attention to levelling up, with a 'swanky new unit with a trusted ally and a rebranded Levelling Up White Paper', says Heather Jameson. But where has the real devolution gone, she wonders.
ADSO vows to fight on in virtual meeting battle
Election experts have vowed to carry on fighting to give councils the choice to hold meetings virtually despite last week’s legal ruling.
Town halls told: Don't depend on COVID cash
Councils need to wean themselves of COVID cash to fund social care before it runs out at the end of June, a director has warned.
Virtual meeting challenge dismissed by High Court
Councils will not be able to continue to meet virtually after 6 May after High Court judges dismissed a legal challenge by local government.
Report shows 'accountability vacuum' in council finances
A damning report into citizen’s experiences of scrutinising their councils’ finances has claimed there is an ‘accountability vacuum’.
Government's housing test is 'toothless,' consultancy claims
Government measures to push councils into meeting their housing targets are ‘toothless’, a development consultancy has claimed.
London Councils names new chief exec
Southend-on-Sea BC chief executive Alison Griffin has been named as the new chief at London Councils.
Is Government brave enough for post-pandemic reform?
There is a blueprint for public sector reform ready for the post-pandemic era, says Heather Jameson. 'It just remains to be seen if the Government can do the right thing – and resist the urge to centralise.'
Weighing up the reality of net zero: nemesis or global hero?
As we approach COP26, The MJ and Local Partnerships gathered a group of council chiefs to talk about net zero and the role of local government. They went from cynicism to optimism – but they all have a passion and a plan for action.
LGA calls for clarity on exit data request
The Local Government Association (LGA) was blindsided by the Government’s demands for data on exit payments, it has emerged, and it is now asking for clarity.
Super League would be an own goal for communities
Football clubs are more than Saturday sports venues, says Heather Jameson. 'It is about partnerships across a place, delivering service, support and connections. To lose a key player would be an own goal.'