Record number of parks achieve Green Flag Award


Over 2,000 parks and green spaces across the UK have received a Green Flag Award for 2021.

Five heritage projects secure £50m funding


Five projects across the UK have secured over £50m funding to champion environmental, community and cultural heritage.

Queen’s Birthday Honours celebrates local government


The Queen’s Birthday Honours list has paid tribute to two key figures who stepped in following the financial collapse of Northamptonshire County Council.

WMCA makes top 10 of most inclusive employers in the country


The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has been announced as the seventh most inclusive employer by the National Centre for Diversity.

The MJ Awards deadline extended to April 30


There’s great news on The MJ Awards – the deadline for entries has been extended to April 30 so there is loads of time to get them in.

New Year Honours awarded to local government workers


Figures across local government have been recognised for their response to the pandemic in the 2021 New Year Honours list.

The winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards


To end the year on a positive note, we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards.

Councillors of the year revealed


Cllr Tom Beattie of Corby Borough Council has been named council leader of the year in the 2020 Cllr Awards.

Marcus Rashford honoured by Manchester City Council


The City of Manchester Award has been given to Marcus Rashford in recognition of his work to extend free school meals during school holidays.

Record number of spaces achieve Green Flag Awards


A record number of parks and green spaces have been recognised in this year's Green Flag Awards.

Council leaders recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List


Council leaders and staff have been recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their services to local government.

Winners announced for Hearts For The Arts Awards 2020


A Windrush festival and a theatre company helping those affected by addiction are among the winners of this year's Hearts for the Arts awards.

Lewisham named London Borough of Culture 2021


Lewisham is to get the opportunity to showcase its cultural voice after being named London Borough of Culture 2021.

Welsh village home of the UK’s ‘best high street’


Treorchy High Street in the Rhondda Valley has been crowned the UK’s best in this year’s Great British High Street Awards.

Recognition for chiefs in New Year Honours list


Chief executives in Bradford, Harrogate, Leeds, and the chief executive officer of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy are among those to have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Council leader of the year is announced


Cllr Darren Rodwell of London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has been named as council leader of the year in the 2019 Cllr Achievement Awards.

The launch of the 2020 Street Design Awards


The Street Design Awards 2020 have now been launched to celebrate best practice and innovation across the UK.

Cities offered over £875,000 to support innovative climate change solutions


Europe’s largest public-private partnership has called on cities around the world to join its ‘Climathon Global Awards’ to find new systems level solutions to tackle climate change.

Highways Awards recognise the Wright stuff


The winners of this year’s Highways Awards have been revealed in front of nearly 500 industry professionals at the Lancaster London.

Norwich council estate wins top architecture prize


A council estate in Norwich has been named as the UK’s best new building.

Welsh council leader makes May’s outgoing honours list


The leader of Newport City Council, Debbie Wilcox, is to become a peer under Theresa May’s Resignation Honours List.

Three UK cities up for European Capital of Innovation 2019


Three UK cities have made the shortlist for receiving the title of European Capital of Innovation 2019.

Worthing’s Art Deco pier named best in the UK


Worthing’s Grade II Listed Art Deco pier has been voted the best in the UK for 2019.

Only a week left to enter Street Design Awards 


The Street Design Awards, celebrating innovation and best practice in street design schemes, have been relaunched by Local Government News magazine.

Launch of the 2019 Street Design Awards


The Street Design Awards, celebrating innovation and best practice in street design schemes across the UK, have been relaunched by Local Government News magazine.

Councillors of the year revealed


Cllr Roger Lawrence of the City of Wolverhampton Council has been named leader of the year in the 2018 Councillor Achievement Awards.

Nearly 2,000 green spaces celebrated in Green Flag Awards


From traditional parks to burial sites, a record number of green spaces have been awarded a Green Flag this year.

Dundee Council recognised for driving Living Wage


Dundee City Council has won this year's Living Wage Champion Award for Local Authority Leadership.

Waltham named first London Borough of Culture


Waltham Forest will be awarded over £1m as it is named the first ever London Borough of Culture.

Local government staff recognised in New Year's Honours list


Social services directors featured prominently in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.

Innovative, inspiring and effective


Laura Sharman attended a special event at Nottingham Castle to celebrate the winners of the first ever Local Public Ownership Awards.

Coventry named UK City of Culture 2021


Coventry has been chosen to be the UK's City of Culture for 2021.

UK cities question legality of exclusion from European Capital of Culture award


Five UK cities bidding to be European Capital of Culture have issued a statement questioning legality of the EU’s decision to exclude them from the award.

Councillors of the year are unveiled


Cllr Peter Fleming of Sevenoaks District Council has been named as leader of the year in the 2017 C’llr Achievement Awards.

Proactive innovation wins the day at the Highways Awards


The 14th Highways Awards (formerly the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards) took place last Wednesday 18 October in the jubilant atmosphere of the Nine Kings Suite at the Lancaster London.

Voting closes soon for the Local Public Ownership Awards


Launched in August, the Local Public Ownership Awards showcases some of the best and most inspiring council-run services in the UK.

Oxford strips Aung San Suu Kyi of freedom accolade


Oxford has decided to strip Aung San Suu Kyi of the Freedom of the City because of her response to massacres perpetrated against Myanmar’s Muslim minority.

Voting open for best council-run scheme


The shortlist for the best council-run service has now been published, and people are being to urged to vote for their favourite scheme.

Local government figures honoured by the Queen


Four council leaders have been recognised by the Queen in her Birthday’s Honours list for their services to local government.

Local government figures honoured by the Queen


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Wolverhampton named as local authority of the year


The City of Wolverhampton Council was named Local Authority of the Year at The MJ Awards last night.

Council wants Ariana Grande to become honorary Mancunian


Ariana Grande could be granted an honorary citizenship of Manchester under new proposals put forward by the council.

Celebrating the best of council-run services


LocalGov and We Own It are partnering up to launch the Local Public Ownership Awards.

Croydon awarded ‘flexible working council’ title


Croydon is now a ‘flexible working council’ thanks to its increasing opportunities for staff to work flexibly, reducing costs and improving services.

Local government figures named in New Year’s Honours list


Council leaders, directors and chief executives have been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honour list for their ‘tireless’ contribution to local communities.

Blackburn's high street crowned best in Britain


Blackburn has come out on top in the awards for Britain's best high street.

2016 C’llr Awards Winners announced


Councillors across the UK were honoured for their public service yesterday as the 2016 C’llr Award Winners were revealed.

Finalists for Britain’s best high street announced


Twenty-seven high streets are finalists in the Great British High Street competition, the Department for Communities and Local Government has announced.

Peterborough scopes global smart cities award


Peterborough City Council has won the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Global Public Sector Smart City Award.

Leeds named as local authority of the year


Leeds City Council has won the top prize at the MJ Awards 2016.

Local government figures recognised in Queen's birthday honours


Key figures in local government have been recognised on the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list for their services to the sector.

Hillsborough 96 and campaigners who demolished ‘wall of lies’ honoured by council


Liverpool City Council will award its highest honour to the Hillsborough 96 and to those who campaigned on their behalf.

Winner chosen for 'best British high street'


Bishopthorpe Road in York has been named as the best shopping street in Britain.

Nottingham school attendance campaign wins three national awards


A campaign to boost secondary school attendance in Nottingham by offering pupils the chance to go to an exclusive pop concert has won three national awards.

Derry declared the best Halloween destination in the world


The city of Derry has been chosen as the best place in the world to celebrate Halloween, beating off competition from the likes of Transylvania, Sleepy Hollow and Salem.

Finalists chosen for best high street in Britain


The finalists battling it out to win the Great British High Streets competition have been unveiled today.

Wokingham tops Family Hotspots study for second time


Wokingham has been the named the best place in England and Wales for families to live.

To Infinity – and beyond!


A look at the BT Infinity Lab awards – incubating innovative technology that helps us all

Councils praised for animal welfare performance


Local authorities are among the winners of a record number of awards for animal welfare.

Borough first council to secure top award for tackling homelessness


The Royal Borough of Greenwich is the first council to be given a Gold Standard award from the Government for tackling and preventing homelessness.

Devon nature reserves secure Dark Sky status


Two nature reserves in East Devon have been awarded Dark Sky Discovery Site status.

Innovative thinkers on devolution urged to apply for £15,000 prize fund


Ideas that explore how devolution can deliver increased local government revenues, jobs, homes and infrastructure have been invited to apply for a £15,000 prize fund.

Record numbers waving the Green Flag


A record number of parks and green spaces have been given the Green Flag Award this year, partly due to the scheme’s expansion into new territory.

Winner of Local Government Challenge unveiled


Jude Taylor from Staffordshire County Council has won the 2015 Local Government Challenge, securing a £10,000 scholarship from the Local Government Association.

Google steps in to offer high streets help


Internet giants Google are offering British high street shops the chance to revolutionise their digital strategies.

Awards glory for Cheshire West and Chester Council


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.

Council leaders recognised in Queen’s birthday honours


Local government leaders and chief executives have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list.

Lincoln wins top scrutiny award


Lincoln City Council has secured a top award for its project to tackle poverty locally.

Hague to present MJ Awards


Former foreign secretary William Hague is to be the host presenter for The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards next month.

Finalists announced for MJ Awards 2015


Over one hundred entries to The MJ's annual local government awards in 16 categories have been selected as finalists, it was announced today.

Council TV documentary bags Bafta nomination


A fly on the wall documentary about the day-to-day life of a council adoption service has been nominated for a prestigious Bafta award.

Tudor Evans scoops council leader of the year award


The winners of the 2015 C’lrr Award have been announced, with Tudor Evans from Plymouth City Council securing Leader of the Year Award.

Record number of categories for The MJ Awards


A 16th category has been added to The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards this year thanks to Asidua which is sponsoring Innovation in Channel Shift.

Local government staff named in New Year’s Honours list


Council leaders and chief executives have been awarded in the New Year’s Honours list in recognition of the ‘huge impact’ they have on society.

New categories for 2015 MJ Awards


Three new categories have been announced today in local government’s premier awards, The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2015 bringing the total number to 15.

Boroughs win big at Police awards ceremony


Haringey and Havering LBCs have scooped top prizes for their work to improve community safety at this year’s Problem Oriented Partnerships (POP) awards.

Winners of Solent Design Awards announced


The Mary Rose Museum (pictured) has been chosen as the People’s Choice for 2014 in this year’s Solent Design Awards.

Minister names High Street competition winners


Seven shopping centres across the UK have been named as winners in the national Great British High Street competition.

Couple win £9k Lincolnshire treasure hunt


A gold bullion worth £9,000 has been won in a treasure hunt organised to promote local history in Lincolnshire.

Victoria Park reclaims national title


Victoria Park in the East End of London has been crowned the UK’s favourite park for the second time in three years.

Rochdale secures best workplace award


Rochdale’s Number One Riverside development has been chosen as the best workplace in the country in the British Council of Offices (BCO) awards.

Best councils named for animal welfare work


Four local authorities have picked up awards from the RSPCA for their contribution to animal welfare.

Kirklees Council wins 1m euro prize


Kirklees Council has scoped a 1m Euro (£800,000) cash prize, as the only UK winner of the international 2014 Mayors Challenge.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council leads way as an age-friendly employee


Stoke-on-Trent City Council is the only UK authority to scope an international award for supporting older people in the workplace.

Britain’s first ‘social enterprise county’ named


Prime minister David Cameron has said it is ‘fantastic’ news that Oxfordshire is Britain’s first county to become a ‘Social Enterprise Place’.

Weather-resistant Fiona wins top library award


A mobile library relief driver who worked through gales and heavy rain has won a top national award.

Winner of Local Government Challenge announced


Graeme Kane, strategic leadership manager at Mole Valley Council, has been crowned the winner of the Local Government Challenge 2014.

‘Local authority heroes’ announced


Council staff and councillors who have gone above and beyond the call of duty have been recognised at an awards ceremony this week.

Let me Trent-ertain you: Robbie given freedom of home city


Angels singer Robbie Williams has been presented with the freedom of his home city Stoke-on-Trent at a private ceremony.

Oxford City scoops Best Achieving Council at MJ Awards 2014


Oxford City Council has been named the UK’s best performing council at the prestigious annual local government awards organised by The MJ.

Local government leaders recognised in Queen’s birthday honours


Council leaders and chief executives from across the country have been recognised by Her Majesty in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

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It’s now or never for modern democracy

The electoral landscape is now ‘more crowded than ever’, while council resources have been ground down, says Laura Lock – and she warns that professionals do not have limitless capacity.
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