Councillors

Call to make virtual councils meetings permanent

01/07/2021

Councils should be given the freedom to hold remote meetings permanently in the future, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has argued.

Councillors back call for social care priority in Government

25/06/2021

More than nine in 10 councillors have called on the Government to give greater priority and funding to social care, according to a new poll.

Councillors receive 'profound' apology for bullying allegations

05/05/2021

Attleborough Town Council has issued a 'profound and unreserved' apology to two councillors that were falsely accused of bullying and harassment.

Only a third of local election candidates are women

04/05/2021

New research has shown that only a third of candidates in the English local elections are women, leading to concerns about a lack of gender equality in local government.

Scotland has some of least local councils in Europe, says campaign group

04/05/2021

Scotland has some of the least local councils in Europe and is lagging behind England in terms of voter representation per councillor, new research has found.

Local councils complain about poor banking services

30/04/2021

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has warned it has received a groundswell of complaints about poor banking services across England.

Council housing chief resigns after anonymous Twitter account was exposed

18/02/2021

The cabinet member for housing at Southwark Council has resigned after it emerged he was not 'transparent' about a Twitter account he managed.

Councillors warn standardised collections will result in waste and recycling charges

09/02/2021

Residents may be forced to carry the cost of introducing standardised waste and recycling collections in England, a survey of local councillors has warned.

Councillors urged to become 'cancer champions'

04/02/2021

A network of Councillor Cancer Champions teams have been launched to help local communities stay healthy.

Former councillor jailed for electoral fraud

21/01/2021

A former councillor has been jailed and ordered to pay Redbridge Council more than £28,000 after committing electoral fraud.

Coventry's leaders condemn violence in America

08/01/2021

Coventry City Council and its opposition party have distanced themselves from a tweet by an independent councillor, voicing support for Donald Trump.

Leader of Merthyr Tydfil Council suspended for seven months

05/01/2021

The leader of Merthyr Tydfil Council has been suspended for seven months after he breached its code of conduct.

A third of councillors ‘not confident’ about meeting net zero targets

14/12/2020

One in three councillors are not confident their council can meet net zero targets, a new poll has found.

Thousands of councillors call for rethink on planning reforms

10/12/2020

Over 2,000 councillors have called on the Government to rethink its planning proposals, warning the changes will lead to an ‘unacceptable loss’ of local democracy and scrutiny.

Councillors of the year revealed

27/11/2020

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

Luton Council unable to take action against councillors breaching lockdown rules

13/10/2020

Luton council has expressed its ‘disappointment’ after it was unable to formally sanction three councillors who broke coronavirus lockdown rules in July.

BCP Council leader announces ‘cabinet plus’

07/10/2020

The leader of BCP Council has announced a ‘cabinet plus’ approach to decision-making and policy development for the local authority.

Northumberland County Council appoints new leadership

24/09/2020

Cllr Glen Sanderson has been voted in as the new leader of Northumberland County Council, after the former leader lost a vote of no confidence.

Croydon would have issued s114 'in normal circumstances'

17/09/2020

Croydon LBC’s £49m total net forecast general fund overspend means it would have had to have issued a Section 114 notice in ‘normal circumstances,’ senior councillors have heard.

Sector surprise at COVID marshal scheme

09/09/2020

Local government has been blindsided by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that an army of COVID marshals will enforce tough new rules.

Leader of Northumberland Council is deposed

03/09/2020

The leader of a scandal-hit council compared to North Korea has been deposed after a vote of no confidence at a fiery meeting.

Key workers urged to stand as local councillors

27/08/2020

Labour has urged key workers to stand as councillors in next year's local elections.

Council chief calls for prompt investigation into councillors’ lockdown breach

14/08/2020

The chief executive of Luton Council has called for a quick investigation and decision after three councillors broke lockdown restrictions to attend a garden party.

Local government associations pledge to tackle abuse of councillors

10/08/2020

The UK's four local government associations have pledged to work together to tackle the rise in abuse targeted at elected members.

Councils urged to tackle corruption in the planning process

03/08/2020

Councils across England need to improve the way they manage the risk of corruption in the planning process, Transparency International UK has warned.

Ministers to receive Somerset unitary business case

31/07/2020

A business case for a single Somerset unitary has been sent to communities secretary Robert Jenrick and local government minister Simon Clarke.

Councillors in south east reject metro mayors, says poll

28/07/2020

Seven out of ten councillors in the South East of England are against plans for metro mayors, a poll has revealed.

Reorganisation will deter potential councillors, report warns

24/07/2020

Local government unitary reorganisation will slash the number of councillors and deter many from standing for election, a report for the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned.

LGA split over worker bonus

26/05/2020

A cross-party agreement that the Local Government Association (LGA) would lobby for a coronavirus payment to staff was ditched after senior councillors blocked the move, The MJ can reveal.

Councillors show support for remote planning consultations

23/04/2020

Nearly two-thirds of councillors are concerned about the impact Covid-19 will have on planning applications, a new survey has revealed.

Councils given power to hold meetings remotely

03/04/2020

Local authorities will be allowed to hold public meetings remotely by video or telephone, under new powers introduced today.

Video conferencing first at council meeting

02/04/2020

A council used software to help decide key planning applications in what is believed to be the first meeting of its kind in the country.

Gateshead to look at bring housing back in-house

30/03/2020

Gateshead MBC is to formally consult on proposals to bring its housing services back in-house.

Council elects new leader to help battle COVID-19

25/03/2020

Kingston Council has chosen a new leader who has a background in health emergencies to help during the coronavirus crisis.

Mayoral governance in Bristol has 'boosted visibility' of leadership

18/03/2020

Mayoral governance in Bristol has boosted the visibility of city leadership but restricted the role of councillors, new research finds.

Councils close buildings and cancel meetings in response to coronavirus outbreak

16/03/2020

Councils have closed, events and meetings have been cancelled and some politicians are in self-isolation in a bid to stem the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic.

Council votes for climate change referendum

02/03/2020

Warwick DC has voted to hold a referendum on a 34.2% rise in its share of council tax to fund a climate emergency action programme.

City region deal to be signed

25/02/2020

The Stirling and Clackmannanshire city region deal will be signed by council leaders and representatives of the UK and Scottish governments today.

Union accuses town council of being like ‘The Godfather’

19/02/2020

There is a ‘systematic and sustained campaign of bullying’ in the Norfolk town council of Attleborough, according to the union Unite.

Medway caves after Ombudsman rap

16/01/2020

Medway Council has finally accepted the recommendations in a Local Government Ombudsman public interest report after a two-year stand-off.

A tale from Shakespeare Country – comedy or tragedy?

11/11/2019

Goings on in deepest Warwickshire suggest a hinterland of a dark and oppressive culture of sexism, says Mark Whitehead

Council leader of the year is announced

06/11/2019

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.

Preventing and tackling abuse of councillors

05/11/2019

Clare Hardy explores how parish councils and local authorities can tackle and prevent the abuse of councillors.

Councillors apologise to staff over 'pagan ritual' offer

25/10/2019

Two councillors have apologised in writing to their entire council staff following an investigation into sexist behaviour which included telling a woman she had 'good breeding hips' and offering to perform a pagan ritual.

Parish council shuts down after abusive calls and hate mail

11/10/2019

A parish council in Greater Manchester has been dissolved after councillors reported experiencing intolerable levels of abuse.

The safety of data on councillors’ personal devices

08/10/2019

Following the publication of the ICO data protection toolkit for local councils, Liz Page looks in detail at one of the issues highlighted: the use of councillor’s own devices being used for council work purposes.

Brighton councillors criticise arms manufacturer for ‘deadly bombs’ used in Yemen

02/10/2019

Councillors in Brighton have called on the Government to stop a local business from manufacturing ‘deadly bombs and weapons’ after the company was named in a UN report.

Babergh council considers changing name to ‘eliminate confusion’

20/09/2019

Councillors at Babergh District Council are planning on changing the local authority’s name because outsiders struggle to pronounce ‘Babergh’.

Man admits sending anthrax hoax to councillors and MPs

23/08/2019

A man has pleaded guilty to sending fake anthrax to female councillor and MPs over a period of three years.

Councils urged to protect councillors from abuse

03/07/2019

Councils are being urged to take steps to protect councillors from abuse and intimidation in a new guide published today.

Councils still dominated by male politicans, says Fawcett Society

02/07/2019

Women’s representation in local government is ‘at a standstill’ according to the Fawcett Society.

Council elections: Warning over lack of progress on female representation

02/05/2019

Only 34% of all candidates running in today’s local elections are women, new research has revealed today.

BAME communities ‘underrepresented’ at the local level, audit reveals

26/04/2019

The underrepresentation of minorities at the local level gives the impression that local leaders ‘don't care about representative democracy’, campaigners say.

Review finds lack of due diligence over council's commercial workspace project

21/03/2019

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC should ‘build on the lessons learned’ from the construction of a state-of-the-art commercial workspace, the council’s chief executive has said.

Abuse and funding cuts force council leader to resign

12/03/2019

The pressure of funding cuts and increased abuse have led to the leader of North East Lincolnshire Council stepping down from his role.

Standards of conduct in local government

13/02/2019

Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy explore why there could be major changes ahead to the regime for monitoring the standard of conduct of members of local authorities in England.

Involving young people in local democracy

08/02/2019

With less than 1% of councillors being under the age of 25, just why is it so hard to get younger people to stand for election? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Less than 1% of councillors are aged under 25

01/02/2019

Under 1% of councillors serving on local councils are aged under 25, new research has revealed.

Call for power to ban councillors

30/01/2019

Council standards boards should have the power to ban councillors for up to six months without allowances, the Committee on Standards in Public Life has recommended.

The confusing tale of a councillor, an escort agency and a licencing committee

18/01/2019

Mark Whitehead investigates why a councillor removed from a licensing committee over his connection to an escort agency was not reinstated when cleared of any wrong-doing.

New Years Honours for Rotherham

29/12/2018

Rotherham MBC commissioner Mary Ney and director of children’s services Ian Thomas have both been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s honours.

Councils welcome fund to help disabled people become councillors

03/12/2018

The Local Government Association (LGA) has welcomed a new fund encouraging for people with disabilities to put themselves forward for public office.

Labour hits out at housing cash shift

12/11/2018

Labour has called for all areas to receive greater Government backing after Whitehall shifted the focus of its housing cash.

Council's 'core offer' still leaves £33m deficit

05/11/2018

East Sussex CC’s chief executive Becky Shaw has laid out a ‘core offer’ that could risk the council’s ‘ability to meet statutory guidance and deadlines’.

Councillors silenced on secret fiscal devolution report

31/10/2018

Senior councillors have been warned not to talk about a secret Local Government Association (LGA) report that models what fiscal devolution might look like, The MJ has been told.

Minister embroiled in 'Oliver Twist' row

24/10/2018

Welsh local authorities have called on the First Minister to consider sacking his colleague in charge of councils after he labelled councillors ‘Oliver Twists’.

Cambridge's remote-control councillor

22/10/2018

With Cambridge calling to ban councillors from moving too far away from their constituents, Mark Whitehead considers if long-distance communication can ever replace face-to-face communication?

More than 40 councils sign anti-slavery pledge

19/10/2018

A total of 42 councils have signed a charter aimed at eradicating modern slavery in their supply chains.

People convicted of serious crimes banned from councils

19/10/2018

Rules to prevent people found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils will be strengthened following a public consultation, the Government has announced.

Clerks and councillors: Raising their game

25/09/2018

Neil Merrick outlines the five key areas that parish and town councillors should be trained in.

Whitehall demands in-year cuts to improvement programme

19/09/2018

The sector’s ability to respond to crises such as a care provider failure could be hit after Whitehall demanded cuts to a key improvement programme, senior councillors have been warned.

Councillor designs ‘virtual’ Facebook councillor

05/09/2018

The Redditch councillor who set up David Cameron’s official Facebook page has designed his own chatbot service to help local people communicate with the council.

Largest ever transformation could save millions

30/08/2018

Oxfordshire CC’s largest ever transformation initiative could save up to £58m a year, officers have estimated.

Over 6,000 houses nearly blocked due to councillor objections

23/08/2018

Over 6,000 new homes will now be built after councillors’ objections were overturned on appeal, planning consultants have found.

Local councils call for single code of conduct

07/08/2018

The majority of town and parish councils support the introduction of a single, mandatory code of conduct, according to a new poll.

Tory councillors agree councils should have power over fracking plans

03/08/2018

The majority of Tory councillors (80%) believe fracking companies should be required to submit a planning application before drilling, according to the results of a new poll.

Somerset warns of possible Section 114

13/07/2018

Somerset CC has admitted it may have to impose ‘severe spending restrictions’ and an ‘emergency budget’ by issuing a Section 114 notice.

Local government figures celebrated in Queen's birthday honours

11/06/2018

The former interim chief executive of Birmingham City Council, Stella Manzie, has been made a Dame in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to local government.

Brokenshire announces Northamptonshire commissioners

09/05/2018

New local government secretary James Brokenshire has today announced the two commissioners appointed to help rescue troubled Northamptonshire CC.

Councillors warn housing crisis is getting worse

02/05/2018

More than six out ten local councillors think the housing crisis is getting worse, with 43% agreeing the Green Belt should be reviewed, a new survey has revealed.

'Agreeable’ politicians not necessarily the most effective, study finds

30/04/2018

Politicians who voters see as ‘agreeble’ and ‘trustworthy’ are not necessarily the most effective at their jobs, researchers reveal.

Labour leader ousted from district council after vote of no confidence

27/04/2018

Labour have lost control of Ashfield District Council after cllr Cheryl Butler lost a motion of no confidence.

Local elections 2018: Decision time on local services

18/04/2018

What issues will the main political parties be focusing on in the upcoming local elections? Mark Whitehead investigates.

The harassment and intimidation of local councillors

06/04/2018

From death threats to online harassment, just why are councillors subject to increasing levels of abuse? Neil Merrick investigates.

Kober: Politics is a team game. Councils nationally must unite

28/03/2018

Claire Kober calls on local government politicians across the country to come together to argue for a fairer funding formula

Tributes paid following the death of Britain's youngest councillor

28/03/2018

Clarissa Slade, Britain’s youngest councillor, died suddenly on Monday at the age of 21.

Councillors pledge to eradicate modern slavery from their supply chains

23/03/2018

Labour and Co-operative councillors have pledged to ensure none of the money they spend on procuring goods and services inadvertently ends up supporting exploitation or trafficking.

Councillors to be equipped with 'community organising' skills

16/03/2018

A new partnership will soon equip councillors with ‘community organising’ skills to help them engage more effectively with their local communities.

Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council resigns

27/02/2018

The leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Warren Morgan, has resigned.

Harlow leader resigns citing Momentum pressure

02/02/2018

The leader of Harlow Council has resigned arguing he was forced out by left-wing activists who were in pursuit of ‘ideological purity’.

Tory councillors all resign from local council

02/02/2018

All the Conservative councillors on a town council have resigned after claims of harassment and bullying from the public.

Council leader survives vote of no confidence following homelessness letter

30/01/2018

The council leader who called for rough sleepers to be removed from the streets of Windsor ahead of the royal wedding has survived a vote of no confidence.

Councillors to kick-start joint plans with London mayor

26/01/2018

More than 100 council leaders and councillors from the south-east and east of England will today meet London mayor Sadiq Khan to kick-start joint plans.

Ex-council deputy leader 'breached' code of conduct over parking fines

11/01/2018

The former deputy leader of Sandwell Council has breached the code of conduct for underselling a public toilet to a friend, and attempting to quash parking tickets for his wife and children.

Councillors to get pay rise amid budget cuts

12/12/2017

Norfolk CC has voted a big increase in councillors allowances at a time when services across the county are facing cuts.

Kober reselected for Haringey seat

09/11/2017

The chair of London Councils and leader of Haringey LBC has fought off a challenge from Labour activists to keep her council seat.

Giving councillors a voice

08/11/2017

Local government must organise itself to support its councillors in their interactions with external agencies, write Professor Colin Copus and Rachel Wall.

Councillors of the year are unveiled

08/11/2017

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

UKIP councillors defect to Tories to ‘see Brexit through’

31/10/2017

Seven UKIP councillors from Great Yarmouth have resigned from the party and joined the Conservatives.

Lack of funding are leaving children's needs unmet, councillors warn

31/10/2017

Two-thirds of councillors have warned their council doesn’t have enough funding to provide universal services for children and families, according to a new survey.

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