Councillors

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.

Half of Tory councillors warn cuts are damaging children’s services

23/10/2017

Over half of Conservative councillors polled believe Government funding cuts have made it harder for their council to deliver legally-required responsibilities for children and young people, charity says.

Elected members in Cornwall could be cut by a third

27/09/2017

The number of councillors at Cornwall Council should be cut from 123 down to 87, an electoral review has recommended.

Labour promise to deliver local government ‘renaissance’

25/09/2017

Councils would be £1.5bn better off under a Labour Government, the shadow secretary of state for communities and local government tells Labour conference

New rules strengthen standards for councillors and mayors

19/09/2017

Anyone found guilty of serious crimes will be banned from serving on local councils under new rules, local government minister says.

Council calls for extra power to make councillors more accountable

29/08/2017

Voters should have the power to recall councillors that fail to attend meetings or are convicted of a crime, according to calls from Thurrock Council.

Councillors force review of controversial £2bn regeneration scheme

14/07/2017

Lib Dem councillors have forced a review of Haringey’s controversial £2bn regeneration scheme.

Councillors lack confidence in health reforms

05/07/2017

More than three-quarters of councillor are not confident that the redesign of health and care services will success, a new poll has revealed.

Rugby council official and wife found dead

31/05/2017

A senior official at Rugby Borough Council has been found dead with his wife, it has been confirmed.

House and Sykes battle for LGA role

25/05/2017

A council leader will battle it out with a backbench councillor to lead the Lib Dem group at the Local Government Association (LGA).

Love is in the chamber! Council chairman uses final speech to propose to colleague

22/05/2017

An outgoing Lincolnshire councillor has concluded his term as chairman in an unusual fashion - by proposing to one of his colleagues.

Launch of councillor's guide to planning

19/05/2017

A new guide has been launched to give local councillors tips on how to plan for their neighbourhoods.

Tory councillor suspended after racist Eurovision tweet

15/05/2017

A Conservative councillor has been suspended following a racist tweet he made during the Eurovision song contest.

Councillors aim for Westminster

05/05/2017

Several well-known councillors have begun campaigns to move into Westminster.

Sexism is ‘commonplace’ in local government finds research

26/04/2017

Nearly four in ten female councillors have experienced sexist comments from council colleagues, with 10% being victims of sexual harassment, a new report has revealed.

Councillors not ‘digital dinosaurs’, survey argues

21/04/2017

The majority of councillors are not ‘digital dinosaurs’, but digital exclusion and fear of the digital divide are still major issues, new research reveals.

Man charged for compiling ‘hit-list’ of Durham councillors

19/04/2017

A man who claimed he would take out ‘contracts’ on 57 Labour councillors in Durham has been charged by the police.

New councillors need to ‘plan effectively’ for long term, auditors say

07/03/2017

Scottish councillors elected in May need to ‘plan effectively’ for the long term and work with their local communities when deciding key priorities, auditors say.

Senior councilor resigns following hijab row

03/03/2017

A council equality chief has stepped down from his role after being criticised for claiming a school had contravened the Equalities Act by banning pupils from wearing hijab headscarves.

Councillor suspended for lewd comments made to hunting campaigner

26/01/2017

A Conservative councillor has been suspended from Breckland Council after being filmed making lewd comments at a hunting protester.

Local planning system ‘weighted’ towards developers, councillors say

11/01/2017

The majority of councillors think the planning system is ‘too weighted’ in favour of developers, according to a new survey.

Whitechapel councillor pleads guilty to fraud

27/09/2016

A Tower Hamlets councillor has pleaded guilty to housing fraud after appearing in court yesterday.

Commission publishes changes to boundaries in Birmingham

07/09/2016

Birmingham will be represented by nineteen fewer councillors in the future, under proposals for the new electoral arrangements across the city.

Councillor resigns after abandoning tax-payer funded Legoland trip

02/09/2016

Councillor resigns after abandoning a Danish Legoland conference because he was unhappy with his accommodation.

'Hardcore' protestors force council to review security

09/08/2016

A London council has been forced to review its security and access arrangements after council staff and councillors were subject to aggression and abuse from protestors.

Leadership from councillors 'important for integration'

06/07/2016

Political leadership is essential for integration because only elected members have the necessary mandate to ‘bring people together’, according to a speaker from a workshop session at the LGA conference.

Councillor suspended for offensive Jo Cox comment

22/06/2016

A Yorkshire councillor has been suspended after he made offensive comments about the charity fund set up in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

Sexist hat-based tradition causes controversy

10/05/2016

A row over double standards in a Norfolk council has erupted after a councillor complained women have to ask permission from the mayor before removing ceremonial hat—but men don’t.

Cornwall’s councillor’s set for first pay rise in four years

06/05/2016

An independent panel has recommended Cornwall’s councillors should receive an allowance rise of more than £1,600.

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Basic income pilots

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Protecting life and property

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The December issue of Local Government News looks at the consequences a council may face if it is unable to provide statutory services, the launch of Liverpool’s housing company and how councils can best manage roles in local authority companies.

It also has a special section on green building and energy efficiency including what funding is available to enable councils to deliver heat networks and how councils can pay for ‘smart buildings’.

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