Michael Burton

Think tank's launches levelling up Big Bang theory

15/02/2021

The Government should launch a Northern Big Bang to ‘unleash a torrent of investment into the Northern economy’ says a report from a Conservative think-tank.

What next for the capital post-pandemic?

03/02/2021

The levelling up agenda has focused on the Midlands and the North, but London’s economy has also been hard hit by the pandemic. The MJ and BT spoke to eight London chief executives on how they are adapting to the changes. Michael Burton reports.

Think tank calls for new health and social care tax

11/11/2020

A new health and social care tax raising £17bn should be the centrepiece of sweeping tax increases to raise £40bn a year, according to a new report from think-tank the Resolution Foundation.

Blue wall rebels call for economic kickstart

27/10/2020

Northern Tory MPs led by the former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry have urged their government to kickstart its promised ‘levelling up’ agenda with a Northern Economic Recovery Plan.

Coronavirus leads to scrapping of three-year Spending Review

21/10/2020

Plans to create a three-year settlement for public spending have been abandoned as latest figures show the havoc coronavirus is wreaking on the public finances.

Aberdeen named council of the year at MJ Awards

02/10/2020

Aberdeen City Council has been named Local Authority of the Year in The MJ’s first virtual local government awards.

UK council finances 'hardest hit in Europe, claims Moody's

26/08/2020

UK local authorities are set to be hardest hit financially by the coronavirus among the five largest European economies says a report from Moody’s Investors Services.

Lockdown havoc on finance figures

21/08/2020

Public debt has bust the £2tn mark for the first time, up by £227.6bn over the same time last year as the lockdown wreaks havoc on the public finance figures.

Councils facing £2bn budget black hole

18/08/2020

Councils face a budget black hole of £2bn this year due to unfunded coronavirus costs, a new study has found.

Hancock scraps Public Health England

17/08/2020

Ministers have been accused of making Public Health England (PHE) a scapegoat by scrapping the body for alleged failures in the testing and tracing of coronavirus.

Government handling of social care during pandemic attacked

29/07/2020

MPs have delivered a blistering attack on the Government’s handling of social care during coronavirus.

MPs slate ministers over local government funding

23/07/2020

MPs have slated ministers for failing to give local government sufficient funding and urged them to ensure a 'clear and timely financial settlement’ in readiness for the next phase of the pandemic.

OBR issues warning on soaring care and council costs

14/07/2020

Soaring costs for adult social care along with indebted local authorities struggling to balance their budgets post-virus are among the key risks to the Government's spending plans warns the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) today.

Council peer reviews go virtual

09/07/2020

Peer support for councils is going virtual to help them deal with recovery and renewal as they emerge from the coronavirus lockdown.

Care chiefs reject Boris' COVID claims

07/07/2020

Care chiefs have rejected claims by Boris Johnson that it was their lack of vigilance that led to a high number of coronavirus deaths in care homes.

Ministers urged to create a 'green bank'

03/07/2020

Ministers have been urged to create a Green Bank to fund climate change investment as part of the Government’s multi-billion pound infrastructure investment programme announced earlier this week.

Councils call for leisure bail out

09/06/2020

District councils have called on the Government to bail out cash-strapped leisure centres as they face permanent closure because of lack of income due to the coronavirus shutdown.

Council planning powers under threat

08/06/2020

Planning powers could be shifted from local authorities to development corporations as part of an economic stimulus package to be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson later this month.

Free community groups to take on assets - think-tank

03/06/2020

Powers allowing community groups to take on local assets should be kick-started to build on the volunteer spirit generated by Covid says a report released today.

Think-tank voices fears over gloomy fiscal outlook

16/04/2020

Recent forecasts by the official spending watchdog of a swift return to normality for the economy and the public finances after the coronavirus lockdown have been downplayed by a new think-tank study.

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Beware the agent of change

Tom Cosgrove explains what planning decisions should be made to avoid significant adverse impacts from noise.
A chance to speak as one image

A chance to speak as one

Community power is gaining momentum across the public sector, says Adam Lent. In advance of New Local’s ‘Stronger Things’ event in March, he outlines why it’s time to build a united voice for change.
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