Mark Conrad

  • Manifesto mayhem

    24 May 2017

    Councils face a double whammy of new costs if prime minister Theresa May implements her hastily-revised social care plan after the General Election, experts have warned.


  • No re-run for union’s general secretary ballot

    24 May 2017

    Local government’s biggest trade union, Unison, will not be forced to re-run a controversial ballot to elect its general secretary.


  • Authority vows to improve following peer review

    24 May 2017

    Winchester City Council has promised swift implementation of an improvement plan – including a review of its political and partnership structures – following a peer review.


  • Pension schemes await Trump’s decision on climate change

    24 May 2017

    Council pension schemes face a nervous wait to discover whether US president Donald Trump will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.


  • Unison tests new laws – by balloting staff over pay offer

    24 May 2017

    Unison Scotland has launched the first major test of new trade union legislation by balloting staff over a rejected pay offer.


  • Fight begins for slice of £700m from RBS

    24 May 2017

    Local authority pension schemes continue to battle for a share of £700m from bailed out lender, RBS.


  • Tory manifesto pledge comes under fire

    22 May 2017

    Government plans to intensify the use of deferred payments for social care costs could be stymied by councils’ reluctance to support claw-back deals, a former pensions minister has warned.


  • PWLB borrowing soars

    17 May 2017

    Council borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) continued to soar in April, with authorities taking on an additional half a billion pounds of debt.


  • Four plan to rejoin COSLA

    17 May 2017

    A breakaway group of councils is poised to rejoin the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) after recent changes in political leadership.


  • Landmark planning victory

    17 May 2017

    Cheshire East Council has claimed victory in a landmark legal case despite being forced to allow a developer to proceed with a housing project.


  • Vigilance urged after cyber hack

    17 May 2017

    Councils cannot be complacent and must continue to invest in cyber-security to cope with the sort of attack that paralysed NHS IT systems, experts have warned.


  • CSE still presents a ‘massive challenge’

    17 May 2017

    Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is still a ‘massive’ challenge for councils and should not be treated as ‘last year’s policy,’ a former Home Office expert has warned.


  • Council pension scheme position improves

    16 May 2017

    The giant Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is now 85.3% funded according to its latest valuation - an improvement on its financial position three years ago.


  • CSE still 'massive challenge'

    16 May 2017

    Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is still a ‘massive’ challenge for councils and should not be treated as ‘last year’s policy,’ a former Home Office expert has warned.


  • Rates increase warning after empty shops increase

    15 May 2017

    Scotland’s retailers have warned policymakers against a hike in business rates beyond the Barclay Review after new figures showed an increase in empty shops.


  • Council-owned energy firm on target to deliver profit

    10 May 2017

    A council-owned energy company has said it is on course to make a profit by 2021 after adjusting its business plan.


  • Waste PFI firm claim for compensation

    10 May 2017

    Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) faces a compensation claim from its private finance initiative (PFI) contractor after pulling the plug on the £3.2bn deal.


  • Islington to ditch firms who don’t pay corporation tax

    10 May 2017

    More councils could follow Islington LBC’s lead and introduce a policy of withdrawing council contracts from firms that avoid paying corporation tax, The MJ has learned.


  • Burnham’s GM metro mayoral team expands

    10 May 2017

    Two council leaders and a former local government minister have joined the team of newly-elected Greater Manchester metro mayor Andy Burnham.


  • Tories gaining but SNP still top of the Scots

    10 May 2017

    Scotland’s Conservatives took advantage of Labour’s weakness and unionist fears over a second independence referendum to deliver their best local results for 40 years.