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Council for the North 'vital for regional strategy’

Fresh calls have been made for a ‘mezzanine tier of government’ across the North to make major strategic decisions.

‘Change attitude to risk,’ says CIPFA

It would be ‘unacceptable’ if local government shied away from taking risks on commercial activities ahead of reform in 2020, a finance expert has said.

Sector shake-up will cause ‘major upheaval’

Experts fear council reorganisation could lead to an ‘incoherent and inconsistent’ model of local government, as disputes continue across the country.

Plymouth hits back in union subscriptions row

One of England’s largest city councils has accused the Government of trying to ‘criminalise’ authorities that collect trade union subscriptions through payroll.

Cheshire West and Chester scoops top council accolade

Cheshire West and Chester Council was last night named as winner of The MJ’s Best Achieving Council category in a glittering awards ceremony attended by 900 guests.

Core Cities issue devolution declaration

Leaders of the Core Cities group today launched a devolution declaration aimed at setting urban areas free to drive economic growth and deliver place-based integrated services.

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Blyth spirit as district prepares for unitary takeover

How does an ‘excellent’ rated district council prepare for its merger into a unitary council? Geoff Paul explains

Labour MP succeeds Starkey for CLG chair

Labour MP, Clive Betts, has been elected by the Commons to be chair of the CLG select committee.

Judge rules JPs eligible to run as PCC candidates

Magistrates will be eligible to stand as candidates in this November's police and crime commissioner elections, a senior judge has confirmed.