Parish council shuts down after abusive calls and hate mail


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Call for power to ban councillors


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Whitehall demands in-year cuts to improvement programme


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Harlow leader resigns citing Momentum pressure


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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

Councillors lack confidence in health reforms


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


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


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


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


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


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

Councillors aim for Westminster


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

Sexism is ‘commonplace’ in local government finds research


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Commission publishes changes to boundaries in Birmingham


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


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

'Hardcore' protestors force council to review security


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'


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


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


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


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

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