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Voters face 'stark choice' on public spending - IFS

29/11/2019

The choice could not be clearer on public spending plans by the main political parties according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Council pension scheme invests in green fund

11/10/2019

A council pension scheme has become one of the first to invest in a new ‘green’ fund which supports low carbon technology.

Treasury 'wasting money' in funding of local government

17/09/2019

The Treasury is wasting money in its funding of local government and needs to have a more place-based focus, according to a report from the respected Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank.

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. 

Waltham Forest named as Local Authority of the Year

26/06/2019

The London borough of Waltham Forest was last night named the Local Authority of the Year at a glittering ceremony attended by nearly 1,000 guests.

How local authorities see their role in place-shaping

17/06/2019

The MJ and BT recently conducted a survey among local authority directors into their perceptions of place and their role in enhancing it with the aid of digital technology.

Recognition for council pair in Queen's Birthday Honours

10/06/2019

The leader and former chief executive of a district council have both received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Johnson calls for ‘overdue’ fiscal devolution for councils

02/10/2018

Boris Johnson has called for ‘long overdue’ fiscal devolution for local government saying it will help them fund services and encourage more housebuilding.

Public finances perform better than expected

20/07/2018

Public finances continue to perform better than expectations, although total borrowing is up year-on-year even before the promised increase in health spending.

Blackburn with Darwen Council named Local Authority of the Year

27/06/2018

Blackburn with Darwen Council was named tonight as the Local Authority of the Year at The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards.

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.

Scrap all districts says Heseltine

05/06/2018

District councils should be scrapped and 60 unitary counties created instead across England led by directly-elected mayors according to former Cabinet minister Lord Heseltine

Business rate pilot councils could see £870m cash boost says think tank

12/04/2018

Local authorities are missing out on millions of pounds because of an £870m cash boost to business rate pilot councils, according to a study today from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think-tank.

Meeting the cyber security threat: are you ready?

09/04/2018

With local authorities increasingly concerned about cyber security, The MJ and BT undertook a survey to gauge the level of preparation. Michael Burton reports on the key findings.

Is there a new option for unlocking council assets?

06/03/2018

Study of new model for delivering services claims £6bn could be invested into regeneration using ‘fourth option’ for property projects. Michael Burton reports.

Local government staff recognised in New Year's Honours list

02/01/2018

Social services directors featured prominently in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.

A bulging in-tray awaits the communities secretary next week

08/06/2017

From community cohesion to business rates, devolution and adult social care, whoever walks into Marsham Street next week will have a lot of paperwork to go through.

Fiscal clouds threaten to bring a further decade of austerity

08/02/2017

Austerity will continue well into the next decade irrespective of any negative impact of Brexit, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) predicted today.

TPA: Give councils greater fiscal powers

13/12/2016

Local government should have the power to levy a local income tax and a local sales tax, the Taxpayers’ Alliance has said.

Government borrowing falls ahead of Autumn Statement

22/11/2016

Government borrowing fell by £1.6bn to £4.8bn last month compared to October 2015, thanks to better than expected tax revenues.

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