Michael Burton

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.

Government unveils £3bn fund to deliver 25,000 new homes by 2020

03/10/2016

A £3bn fund to boost the house building programme has been launched by communities secretary Sajid Javid.

I hope sanity will prevail on 23 June

17/06/2016

After the latest polls, Michael Burton hears local government alarm bells are ringing over the result of the EU referendum.

Slavery in supply chains image

Slavery in supply chains

Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy explore what responsibility councils may have in the future to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.
Highways jobs

Senior Traffic Engineer

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
£32,029 - £34,788 per annum
Currently seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to manage our Traffic Team. East Riding of Yorkshire
Recuriter: East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Youth and Community Based Commissioner- Colchester and Tendring

Essex County Council
£18117 - £19106.0 per month
Annual Salary JNC SCP 3 - Unqualified £18,117JNC SCP 6 - Qualified £19,106 We are currently seeking a Youth and Community Based Commissioner to suppo England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Networks Technician

Essex County Council
£24001.0 - £28280 per annum
Technology Services is focused on ensuring current and future investment in technology to maximise the opportunities to support ECC from a technology England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Youth Worker x7

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£18,795 - £19,945 per annum
Looking for a Youth Worker who can meet the needs and aspirations of young people and deliver high quality Youth Work. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Customer Specialist

Essex County Council
£20001.0 - £22220.0 per annum
Essex County Council (ECC) are currently recruiting for a Customer specialist within the Technical Processing and Optimisation Team. The Team is respo England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine