Welcome to LocalGov, the UK's largest dedicated local government news website. Our team of specialist reporters update our website every day with breaking news and analysis, providing the sector with the latest developments and stories. Our free daily e-bulletin also reaches over 25,000 local government professionals every day.
LocalGov is published by Hemming Information Services, whose public sector portfolio includes The MJ, Local Government News, the Municipal Year Book, Transport Network and Surveyor.
Meet our Journalists
Laura has been specialising in local government journalism for over ten years, joining the team back in 2003 as an editorial assistant. She took on the role of LocalGov editor at the start of 2012, and has overseen the re-design of the website and the launch of our free daily news bulletin.
Laura also regularly contributes to themj.co.uk and transport-network.co.uk, and has a special interest in digital media.
Stories by Laura
Thomas joined Local Government News in May 2012, taking on the role of deputy editor at the start of 2013. Involved in the re-launch of the magazine, he has contributed to the ongoing evolution of the website Localgov.co.uk.
Also a reporter for both Surveyor and The MJ, he was part of the team behind the successful 'Power to the People' campaign for energy co-operatives.
A keen cyclist, Thomas spends his mornings precariously weaving his way through the London traffic.
Stories by Tom
Heather has worked in local government journalism since 1997. She joined The MJ in 1999, originally as news editor before becoming deputy editor in 2002, and editor in 2011. She was part of the team which successfully re-launched the magazine in 2000, and has helped build on its success ever since.
Previous to working in public sector journalism, Heather worked for building trades magazines and in alternative health journalism.
She has one son, Louis.
Stories by Heather
Michael Burton has been writing and commenting on local government and the public sector for over 25 years as editor and since 2011 editorial director of The MJ plus its portfolio of associated local government titles including themj.co.uk, LocalGov and Surveyor.
He is the author of The Politics of Public Sector Reform from Thatcher to the Coalition (Palgrave Macmillan. June 2013).
Stories by Michael
Jonathan joined The MJ as a reporter in May 2011, having previously edited an online public property joint venture with the Hemming Group. He is now Features Editor and also contributes a regular column on Whitehall matters.
He has worked in third sector as a communications officer for domestic poverty charity Elizabeth Finn Care and international NGO Widows for Peace through Democracy. He keeps his oar in the voluntary sector as a Trustee and adviser for the Outsiders Trust – a charity focused on the sexual needs of disabled people.
He practices Nichiren Buddhism and lives with his Australian wife, Kerri, their son Marc-Antony, and Molly, a small, oddly-behaved and decidedly feisty black and white cat.
Stories by Jonathan
Dan Peters is chief reporter of The MJ. He was a reporter and news editor on a local paper for seven years before joining in July 2013. Dan gets a buzz from breaking exclusives, visiting the House of Commons and dipping chips into McDonald's vanilla milkshake.
Stories by Dan
Dominic has been specialising in local government journalism for almost three years. He joined Hemming as a reporter working across The MJ and Surveyor in 2011 and moved on to become the content editor of Surveyor and its new website Transport-network.co.uk.
He has a background in political blogging and creative writing and has also worked in the theatre and music industries. His passions include Russian literature, long running TV shows and full-size sausage rolls.
Stories by Dom