James Brokenshire

Councils face more funding uncertainty

14/08/2019

‘Indicative numbers’ for the amount councils will receive in 2020/21 will not be published before next month’s Spending Review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has admitted after it missed a self-imposed deadline.

Move to ban 'poor doors' in new housing developments

22/07/2019

The segregation of social housing residents in mixed-tenure developments will be banned under new measures announced by the Government.

Brokenshire calls for 'new deal for local government'

02/07/2019

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has called on the next Prime Minister to publish a Green Paper on a new deal between local and central government. 

Delay to Northamptonshire reorganisation welcomed

14/05/2019

Council leaders have welcomed the year-long delay to plans to create two new unitaries in Northamptonshire.

Brokenshire moves to boost local government accountability

09/05/2019

Brokenshire moves to impose fresh conditions on ‘top slice’ cash

Concern over councils' ability to cope with polls

17/04/2019

Council chiefs have raised concerns with Government about the sector’s capacity to run EU elections so close on the heels of local polls.

Brum improvement team issues final damning judgement and walks away

02/04/2019

Birmingham City Council’s intervention team has issued a final, damning report on the crisis-hit council and walked away – despite admitting its job is not complete.

Brokenshire slams door on One Yorkshire plan

12/02/2019

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has told regional leaders that their plans for a One Yorkshire metro mayor fails to meet the Government’s devolution criteria.

Brokenshire to intervene over ‘lamentable’ failures to publish local plans

05/02/2019

The secretary state for communities has written to Wirral and Thanet councils warning them that Whitehall intended to intervene over their failure to put local plans in place.

Brokenshire gets Brexit breakdown from chiefs

31/01/2019

Chief executives have told communities secretary James Brokenshire Whitehall needs to be more joined up between departments and in its communications with councils over Brexit.

Brokenshire announces ‘overhaul’ of housing complaints system

24/01/2019

Communities secretary James Brokenshire today announced an overhaul of what he describes as a ‘broken’ housing complaints system.

Buckinghamshire districts threaten legal action over unitary plan

21/01/2019

Two Buckinghamshire districts have written to the Government warning they could launch legal proceedings over plans to create a single county unitary.

Brokenshire announces proposals to help veterans access social housing

09/01/2019

The Government has announced it is consulting on proposals that would mean members of the Armed Forces and veterans suffering from mental health issues will be prioritised for social housing.

London Councils forms company to tackle homelessness

02/01/2019

A not-for-profit company will be created to provide housing for homeless families in 11 London boroughs.

Finance settlement: Government floats commercialisation crackdown

13/12/2018

Whitehall is considering a crackdown on councils that excessively borrow for commercial reasons as it continues to restrict council tax rises.

Local government finance settlement delayed by Brexit debate

05/12/2018

Today's provisional local government finance settlement has been delayed – just weeks after Whitehall agreed to bring it forward and fix a date.

Councils given power to remove unsafe cladding from private buildings

30/11/2018

Local authorities have been given the power to strip unsafe cladding from private residential buildings over 18 metres tall.

Northants can use £70m in capital receipts to plug finance gap

29/11/2018

Northamptonshire CC will be allowed to use £70m in capital receipts to plug its financial black hole, local government secretary James Brokenshire has ruled. 

Brokenshire in shared prosperity fund threat

15/11/2018

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has threatened to withhold the shared prosperity fund (SPF) from areas that fail to remove local enterprise partnership (LEP) overlaps.

Single unitary council for Bucks gets the go-ahead

01/11/2018

Buckinghamshire’s five councils are to be scrapped in favour of a single county-wide unitary, communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced.

One Yorkshire submits devolution plans to Brokenshire

26/09/2018

Councils in Yorkshire have made a show of unity in their pursuit of a devolution deal for the region.

Rotherham council to regain full control of services

19/09/2018

All powers are to be returned to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, three years after government intervention.

Brokenshire unveils £200m Right to Buy pilot

16/08/2018

The Government has launched a £200m pilot scheme to boost social home ownership.

'New deal' for social housing branded as 'pitiful'

14/08/2018

The Government's social housing green paper has been criticised for failing to provide any new funding for social housing.

Brokenshire considering new devolution models

10/07/2018

James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.

Brokenshire dodges funding commitment pledge

03/07/2018

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has failed to make a firm commitment to fighting for more funding for councils despite warnings the 'bank of local government is running on empty'.

Northampton unitary plan falls

15/05/2018

The tight timeframe for reorganising local government across Northamptonshire claimed its first victim this week despite ministers’ decision to extend the consultation period.

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.

Brokenshire promises a 'hands on approach' to local government

02/05/2018

New secretary of state James Brokenshire has declared himself to be ‘a real fan of local government’ and vowed to take a ‘hands on’ approach to his relationship with the sector.

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