Dan Peters Sam Clayden 06 February 2018

Call for Javid to resign after 'misleading' House of Commons

Call for Javid to resign after misleading House of Commons image

Andrew Gwynne has demanded the resignation of his counterpart, local government secretary Sajid Javid, after the minister admitted he knew the provisional finance settlement was wrong.

The MJ was the first to reveal Whitehall officials rushed out the provisional settlement despite knowing the figures it was based on were wrong.

Mr Gwynne said Mr Javid had now admitted he knew the provisional finance data was ‘incorrect and [he] knowingly mislead Parliament as a consequence’.

He tweeted: ‘The ministerial code is clear. Ministers that knowingly mislead Parliament should resign.’

Mr Gwynne said: ‘I wrote to the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government to ask whether serious allegations set out in The MJ were true, namely that he knowingly misled this house on figures published in the provisional local government settlement and knowingly misled honourable and right honourable members in the answers he gave to their respective questions.

‘Yesterday, Mr Speaker, I received a letter from the secretary of state confirming that he and the department knew the overall scale of the error and still nevertheless published the provisional settlement on the basis of those statistics.’

Mr Gwynne accused the communities secretary of creating a ‘damaging lack of trust in the ministry across local government’.

Our school places challenge image

Our school places challenge

A new report has warned the UK needs more than 600 new schools by 2022 to meet demand. Mark Robinson explores how local authorities can address the school place shortfall.
Data sharing arrangements image

Data sharing arrangements

Lowri Phillips explains what public bodies should do to meet their legal obligations and minimise the risks.
Highways jobs

Service Manager – Network Management

Somerset County Council
£46,122 per annum
A number of exciting permanent opportunities have arisen to drive forward further improvements to our traffic related services. Somerset
Recuriter: Somerset County Council

Principal Traffic Control Engineer

Somerset County Council
£33,799 to £37,849 per annum
A number of exciting permanent opportunities have arisen to drive forward further improvements to our traffic related services. Somerset
Recuriter: Somerset County Council

Assistant Engineer

Bedford Borough Council
£31,371 - £32,878 per annum
Bedford is growing at a fast pace and we are investing heavily in our highways infrastructure. Bedford, Bedfordshire
Recuriter: Bedford Borough Council

Senior Clerk of Works

Bedford Borough Council
£27,905 - £30,507 + market rate supplement £2,630 per annum
Bedford is growing at a fast pace and we are investing heavily in our highways infrastructure. Bedford, Bedfordshire
Recuriter: Bedford Borough Council

Senior Technician

Bedford Borough Council
£27,905 - £30,507 per annum
Bedford is growing at a fast pace and we are investing heavily in our highways infrastructure. Bedford, Bedfordshire
Recuriter: Bedford Borough Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The June issue of Local Government News contains the full details of all the winning schemes in the 2019 Street Design Awards. From Children's Play to Pedestrian Environment, find out who has been recognised for their innovation and use of best practice.

This issue also explores how local government pension funds can hedge currency risk, how councils can best address the shortfall in school places, and an update on the number of authorities banning the use of Roundup over safety fears.

Register for your free magazine