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October 2011

  • The Norwich Evening News reported on the Hethel Engineering Centre’s fifth birthday citing the LGC Awards win in economic development and regeneration by Norfolk CC as one of the highlights of the year. Evening News 24, 27 October
  • LGC’s editor Emma Maier took part in BBC Radio Somerset’s Breakfast radio show, discussing council commissioning. BBC Radio Somerset, 13 October 2011
  • LGC’s editor Emma Maier took part in BBC Radio Bristol’s Ben Prater radio show, discussing public sector finance following North Somerset Council’s decision to delete the post of director of finance and resources. BBC Radio Bristol, 10 October 2011

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April 2011

  • Press Gazetta revealed that Local Government Chronicle’s very own chief reporter, Allister Hayman, has been shortlisted for the Writer of the Year (Business Media) in the PPA Awards 2011. Press Gazetta, 18 April
  • Society Daily picked up on Allister Hayman’s street party blog ‘On my radar…’: “The strange tale of Camden council’s decision to refuse a royal wedding day street party application by the Republic pressure group. Allister Hayman charts the story…”
    Society Daily also covered the LGC 50, showcasing the 50 most influential individuals in local government: “The movers and shakers in local government. The Local Government Chronicle has just published its list of the most influential figures in the sector, the LGC50. While Eric Pickles is at number one, for the first time eight of the top 10 are from town halls.” The Guardian, 13 April
  • The LGC 50, detailing the 50 most influential individuals within local government, as well as a list of ‘ones to watch’ and ‘drivers of change’ was picked up by a variety of regional media outlets: Hertfordshire Mercury, Herts and Essex Observer, The York Press, This is Derbyshire, Burton Mail, This is Wiltshire, Uttoxeter Advertiser, This is Lincolnshire, Hull Daily Mail, Grimsby Telegraph, Spalding Guardian.
  • LGC’s editor Emma Maier was interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire on councils charging for green waste collection and reintroducing weekly bin collections. The Andrew Peach show, BBC Radio Berkshire, 11 April
  • The Guardian followed up on LGC’s exclusive rebuttal from the deputy leader of Nottingham City Council to the community secretary’s demands for all costs of over £500 to be published: “Writing in the Local Government Chronicle, Chapman said the attention the council has received over its decision not to adhere to the government’s transparency agenda was “far in excess of the merits of the case”. The Guardian’s public leaders network, 8 April
  • Community Care referenced Jim Dunton’s social services story, Child protection guidance set to be reviewed: “according to the Local Government Chronicle, almost 30 of England’s 152 top-tier and unitary councils either have structures deviating from this or plans to adopt such structures.” Community Care, 8 April
  • The Telegraph picked up on exclusive research by Allister Hayman into the reoganisation of Jobcentre Plus using FoI requests: “Documents obtained under a Freedom of Information request show Whitehall officials warned any changes to the way Jobcentre Plus operates could cause “distraction and upheaval impacting on performance” just when millions of unemployed people are trying to use the service to find a new job.
    The documents, obtained by the Local Government Chronicle, show ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions were warned “trade union relations may be severely tested” as a result of the restructuring, which could add fuel to potential mass strike action across the UK.” Louisa Peacock, The Telegraph, 7 April
  • Society Daily also picked up on Allister’s research ‘On my radar…’: “Jobcentres. The Local Government Chronicle reports that Iain Duncan Smith has launched a major reorganisation of Jobcentre Plus. The LGC’s chief reporter, Allister Hayman, writes:
    “Mr Duncan Smith has embarked on a top-down reorganisation all of his own, quietly putting in place a whole new structure for Jobcentre Plus, which his own officials have described as “high-risk” and union leaders claim is the thin end of a wedge aimed at privatising the agency.” The Guardian, 7 April
  • The Guardian referenced James Illman’s exclusive report on local authorities raiding their reserves: “It seems most local authorities have heeded ministerial exhortations to dip into their reserves to make ends meet in the Age of Austerity. Local Government Chronicle (LGC) correspondent James Illman reports today that 72% of councils are spending reserves.” Patrick Butler’s Cuts Blog, 7 April.
  • LGC’s editor Emma Maier was interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire on councils selling advertising space on their websites, this was later posted on the BBC’s website: “It’s logical to be a little concerned about it because of the possibility of unsuitable ads appearing on the site..” BBC, 4 April.

February 2011

  • The FT referenced Allister Hayman’s exclusive report on a clash between Vince Cable and Eric Pickles: “The latest reported clash is over Mr Cable’s land auction plan - whereby a local council would invite landowners to say what land they would sell and at what price; the council would decide on planning permission and then capture the added value when the land is auctioned to developers. Mr Pickles allegedly sees this as “communist” and akin to “nationalising land”, according to Local Government Chronicle.” Column, Brian Groom; Financial Times, 28 February.
  • Writing this week [Moira Gibb] in the Local Government Chronicle: “Try organising rubbish collection on a big-society, street-by-street basis, and you’ll soon realise nobody wants to do it unless you pay them.” Amelia Gentleman, social affairs columnist for the Guardian, credits LGC’s exclusive opinion from Camden LBC’s chief executive over the agonises of service cuts. The Guardian, 24 February.
  • Community Care picked up on LGC’s ‘Lack of leadership puts community-based budgets at risk’. Molly Garboden, Blog, Community Care, 23 February.
  • “When discretionary sums are included, the cost [of redundancies] could reach £1.5 billion, according to a study by the Local Government Chronicle.” The Sunday Times picks up on Ruth Keeling’s report about the future cost of local government redundancies, The Sunday Times, 13 February.
  • “The Local Government Chronicle first outed these figures, but this remarkable fact has not percolated into national consciousness. Perhaps it’s just too hard to believe that any government could do such a thing so blatantly.” Polly Toynbee credits LGC’s research on the true extent of spending cuts to councils’ budgets in the local government settlement. The Guardian, 11 February.
  • “Reaction to the big merger announced yesterday by three London councils … This expert analysis by the Local Government Chronicle’s Allister Hayman points out the limits of sharing services.” Society Daily credits Allister Hayman’s blog on the Hammersmith & Fulham LBC, Kensington & Chelsea LBC and Westminster LBC “tri-borough” plan.
  • “Vince Cable has moved to reestablish new regional government offices just six months after Eric Pickles axed them, according to the Local Government Chronicle.” The Guardian picks up on LGC’s exclusive report on the creation of new regional Local BIS offices. The Guardian, 4 February.
  • “Phil Redmond disenchanted by ‘big society’ progress in Liverpool: Scheme’s champion says vision to showcase volunteering and cultural activities in the city has been ‘subsumed by the cuts’”. The Guardian reports on LGC’s exclusive interview with Phil Redmond on the problems with Liverpool’s Big Society vanguard. The Guardian, 3 February.
  • “David Cameron’s Big Society suffered another embarrassment yesterday when Phil Redmond, the Brookside creator, said the pilot project he is running had been stymied by cuts.” The Times covers LGC’s exclusive interview with Phil Redmond on the problems with Liverpool’s Big Society vanguard.The Times, 3 February.
  • “The business department said it needed “a policy presence outside Whitehall to ensure it can communicate effectively with local enterprise partnerships, the business community and other bodies, including local authorities”, according to the Local Government Chronicle.” The Financial Times reports on LGC’s exclusive report on business secretary Vince Cable’s plan to resurrect the regional government offices that were scrapped by Eric Pickles just six months ago. The Financial Times, 3 February.
  • “Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, wrote to David Cameron, prime minister, and George Osborne, chancellor, this month proposing that councils should be given the ‘greatest range of revenue-raising powers and freedom form Whitehall contraints’”. The Financial Times picks up LGC’s exclusive on the battle between the deputy prime minister and Eric Pickles over the scope of the local government finance review. Financial Times, 2 February.

January 2011

  • “Clegg: Give councils new tax-raising powers” Nick Clegg is demanding councils be given the power to impose a massive range of new local taxes. The Daily Mail reports on LGC’s exclusive on the battle between the deputy prime minister and Eric Pickles over the scope of the local government finance review. The Daily Mail,19 January
  • “Local Taxes CAN work - if we scrap VAT and council tax first”: Harry Phibb’s column in the Daily Mail support Clegg’s call for local taxes; while theSpectatoralso agrees that Clegg is right as does Conservative Home
  • “Interesting piece by Cllr Lynne Hillian, the Conservative leader of Barnet Council in the Local Government Chornicle. It defines the Big Society as ‘asking people for their time, rather than their money’. It describes the proposals for the Barnet Pledgebank - ‘If a resident pledges to clear their street of snow and nine other residents sign up to do so, we could, for instance, provide the grit for them to spread’.” ConservativeHome, 10 January

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2010

December 2010

  • The localism bill “is scheduled for this week, next week, sometime, never and the timing of the local government funding settlement is also in doubt. Allister Hayman’s LGC blogpost, All I want for Christmas is a localism bill tracks the saga”. Society Daily credited Allister Hayman’s blog, The Guardian, 9 December, 2010.
  • “This blogpost from Local Government Chronicle chief reporter Allister Hayman, on the “farce” of communities and local government questions, which tries to get to the bottom of politicians’ claims and counterclaims about town hall finance.” Society Daily credited Allister Hayman’s blog, The Guardian, 2 December, 2010.

November 2010

  • “Spending cuts will hammer working class areas in the North as Tory councils in the South get funding boost”. News article draws on LGC’s exclusive report in the 25 November issue showing that the bulk of the hardest-hit upper and lower authorities in England following the spending review are among the 20% most deprived - Sunday Mirror, 28 November
  • “Further clues as to Government thinking came in a fascinating piece in the Local Government Chronicle which suggested that Treasury officials have pressured ministers on (RDA) assets” LGC’s magazine and online articles on the establishment of local enterprise partnerships continue to lead media coverage of government policy – Birmingham Post, 25 November  
  • “An excellent blogpost which asks if ministers have “lost the plot” on council cuts. A thorough examination of ministerial spin, whimsy and wishful thinking” Society Daily credited Allister Hayman’s blog, The Guardian, 23 November 2010.
  • ‘Pickles’ podium clash with Mayor Jules Pipe’; LGC’s report about the debate between Eric Pickles and Hackney’s elected mayor at London Councils Summit, supported by LGC, was widely cover in other media, Hackney Gazette, 19 November 2010
  • “How can we improve the way older people and those with disabilities are looked after in order to have a full life?”; LGC was referenced in a special programme in the ‘care in the UK’ season on You and Yours, with care minister Paul Burstow BBC Radio 4, 16 November 2010
  • “Has communities secretary Eric Pickles been economical with the truth? That’s the question Allister Hayman of Local Government Chronicle asks in this intriguing blogpost looking at certain claims Pickles made about housing benefit during his rancorous London Councils’ speech last weekend” Society Daily credited Allister Hayman’s blog, The Guardian, 12 November 2010.
  • “Some would say the secretary of state was always going to be on a hiding to nothing, speaking to a hostile audience of Labour councillors… it all turned out rather discordant” Society Daily credited Allister Hayman’s blog, The Guardian, 10 November 2010

October 2010

August 2010

June 2010

  • £12m infrastructure funding at risk- Chief reporter Allister Hayman’s exclusive investigation showing which projects were at risk in the government’s review of spending committments since the start of the year was picked up across the local and regional media. He gave interviews to BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Newcastle, BBC Three Counties, BBC Radio London and ITV East Anglia on 9 and 10 June.

May 2010

  • General Election coverage - Dan Drillsma-Milgrom was interviewed by a BBC TV news reporter for an election report on local government and the election - 3 May 2010
  • Equal pay - Emma Maier was interviewed by BBC Midlands Today for a TV report on the implications of the legal decision on equal pay at Birmingham City Council.

April 2010

  • Doncaster - Audit Commission report - BBC Radio Sheffield, 20 April 2010 (34 minutes in; may not be available after 27 April 2010) Deputy editor (news) Dan Drillsma-Milgrom was interviewed on The Toby Foster Bigger at Breakfast Show
  • Council to co-ordinate Afghanistan postal votes - LGC exclusive report from 8 April 2010. Following a request from the Ministry of Justice, Rushmoor BC - home to a number of army barracks - has agreed to become a clearing house for all postal votes from Afghanistan. Our report was picked up by the BBC. It was carried online and on BBC regional news and BBC local news.
  • Council Tax Collection - Deputy editor (news) Dan Drillsma-Milgrom was interviewed on The Breakfast Show with Rod Whiting on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, 9 April 2010.
  • Local elections coinciding with general elections - Deputy editor (news) Dan Drillsma-Milgrom was interviewed on Andy Comfort’s Breakfast Show. BBC Radio Lincolnshire, 9 April 2010.

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2009

December 2009

  • Senior pay - LGC editor Emma Maier gave an interview to BBC radio Leeds on the topic of council chief executive pay, after Leeds City Council advertised for a chief executive. After discussing the role, responsibilities and tasks of an average council chief, the presenter commented that the salary sounded attractive but it was a sginificant job for which most people would not be qualified.

October 2009

  • Poll changes mooted to save millions - LGC exclusive report from 29 October 2009. Civil servants were considering radical proposals to save millions of pounds from the cost of running elections by cutting polling stations and voting hours and increasing deposits. Our report was picked up by The Times before the policy was thrown out by the Justice Secretary Jack Straw.

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