Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
More cash, but not enough
With its £5.5bn extra funding for local government next year the Spending Review may have delivered more than expected – though this won’t be enough to reverse the cuts since 2010. Heather Jameson reports.
LGA chairman steps down as leader of Central Beds
Local Government Association (LGA) chairman Cllr James Jamieson has announced he will step down as leader of Central Bedfordshire Council.
Sunak unveils a Spending Review for jobs, public services and infrastructure
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a £4bn levelling up fund as part of a Spending Review which he claimed offered ‘huge investment’ in jobs, public services and infrastructure.
Warm words mean nothing when frontline staff are snubbed
Heather Jameson says: 'The Prime Minister’s speech to Scottish Conservatives at the weekend, reiterating his commitment to devolution.... all bodes well for local government. Or does it?'
Councils key to tackling 'anti-vax mob'
Councils must act quickly to knock down the ‘anti-vax mob’ as the Government puts the sector at the heart of its strategy to tackle coronavirus, a senior public health chief has urged.
Green revolution or missed opportunity?
Local government insiders tell Heather Jameson that the Government’s 10-point action plan for tackling climate change isn’t ambitious enough either in terms of the scale of the vision or about what role councils should play.
Government adviser urges councils to prepare for post-lockdown
Councils should be preparing residents now for emerging safely from lockdown, a member of the Government’s scientific advisory group, SAGE, has told a District Councils' Network meeting.
Devo is a 'stepping stone to localism', PM tells Scots Tories
Devolution should be a stepping stone to passing power down to local communities and businesses, Boris Johnson has told Scottish Conservatives.
Sunak to re-write Green Book to level up the North
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce plans to re-write the Green Book in the spending review this week, as part of the Government’s commitment to levelling up.
An opportunity to rewrite local-central relations
Now it is time to click refresh on the Johnson Government. But what of local government and the Blue Wall, asks Heather Jameson. 'Where does that leave the PM’s promises of levelling up and devolving down?'
Jenrick defends PM amid devo 'disaster' claim
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has defended the Prime Minister’s claim that devolution in Scotland has been a ‘disaster’.
NCAS: Experts call for a social care solution
There must be ‘no more procrastination’ on resolving the issues of adult social care that have been exposed by the COVID crisis, experts have warned.
Get ready for a reset between Brexit and pandemics
Two reports from the IfG this week make for stark reading, just as we begin the second lockdown of the pandemic, says Heather Jameson. But there may be changes afoot to health funding that could mean a big shift
Think-tank issues warning on Brexit readiness
Local authorities and the devolved nations risk being overwhelmed by Brexit as they are trying to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, a think tank has claimed.
EXCLUSIVE: Cabinet Office rules out elections delay
The Cabinet Office has ruled out any further delays to local elections despite the complexity of going to the polls amid a pandemic.
Two firms must improve their audits, says FRC
Two firms have been told their audit work requires ‘significant improvement’, a review of local audit by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has concluded.
Government needs a plan to tackle public service backlog, says IfG
The Government needs a plan to address backlogs in public services caused by the coronavirus crisis, a new report has claimed.
Scots union calls for urgent meeting to address funding
Unison Scotland has called for an urgent meeting with Scottish finance secretary Kate Forbes in a bit to address the growing finance crisis.
Cities issue stark finance warning
The Core Cities have written to the Government, warning they face Section 114 notices unless the gaps in funding are addressed.
£1bn funding still not enough to meet needs
Councils hit hardest by coronavirus are those receiving the most help in the latest tranche of funding from the Government, analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has revealed.