Heather Jameson is editor of the MJ
Birmingham 'worse' than commissioners feared
The situation in Birmingham City Council is worse than commissioners expected, a report to the secretary of state has claimed.
Council tax bands need a regional overhaul
Heather Jameson asks: 'Will any incoming government rush to reform council tax? Will they be braver and take on wider public finance reform?'
Local government figures made peers
Local government has been recognised in the latest round of peerages, with two senior figures heading to the House of Lords.
It’s time for a ‘big bang’ to fix our workforce
'There is a need to rethink workloads across the public sector, to harness new technologies to do the grunt work while staff focus on the things only people can provide', says Heather Jameson.
It’s not a bail out: it is tax-funded public services
Councils are grateful for the extra cash, says Heather Jameson. 'So thankful, I fear, the sector may be suffering from a touch of Stockholm Syndrome.'
Starting over with Total Place
Born out of attempts to streamline services and cut costs across the public sector, Total Place captured the imagination of the sector before falling victim to a poltical shift. Is it time to revisit it, asks Heather Jameson.
The Hunt for cash
The Treasury has asked an internal team of experts to hunt down potential extra cash for local government, The MJ understands.
John hits out after being ditched by Oflog
A former London Councils chair has hit out at the Office for Local Government (Oflog) ditching him from a review team at the eleventh hour.
MPs call on Sunak to boost council settlement
More than 40 MPs have called on the Government to rethink the finance settlement in a bid to rescue floundering authorities.
Creative vision for Haringey
Haringey has appointed two leaders with a strong background in the creative world into the director of culture and creativity role as a job share. Heather Jameson reports.
Radical overhaul required to drag us into the 21st century
From central government and the NHS, to police, prisons and local government: the ‘state of the state’ is dire, says Heather Jameson. 'There are few quick fixes, but propping up the status quo is not an option.'
Birmingham faces 10% council tax hike
Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council could raise council tax by 10% if the Government gives its finance plan the go-ahead.
A huge year – but will local government’s voice be heard?
'While politicians are holding the line – that councils have plenty of cash and financial failure equals poor management – there are indications that they know it’s not so clear cut', says Heather Jameson.
Sunak vows to keep public spending down
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has kicked off election year with a promise to keep public spending down and cut taxes.
LGA announces new chief
The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced Surrey CC boss Joanna Killian will be its new chief executive.
Croydon cleared of discrimination claims
Croydon LBC and its chief executive Katherine Kerswell have been cleared of allegations of racial discrimination by an employment tribunal, brought by a former council director.
No Christmas cheer from Gove the Grinch
In a year that Michael Gove handed £1.9bn in departmental underspends back to the Treasury, and the Government gave the public a 2% cut in National Insurance, underfunding councils is a political choice, says Heather Jameson.
The asylum mess needs cleaning up
'The current conditions in some asylum hotels make the prospect of Rwanda look like a soft option', says Heather Jameson. 'Hounslow has been heroic in highlighting the problems local staff have seen.'
Brighton announces new chief
Brighton and Hove City Council has announced Jess Gibbons from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) as its new chief executive.
Brum blame culture still 'largely unaddressed'
Birmingham City Council’s problems of governance and accountability are still ‘largely unaddressed’, despite some gains made by the authority.