Sheffield to hold referendum on ‘overhauling’ governance


Sheffield City Council has confirmed that a referendum on its governance arrangements will go ahead after a petition called for a radical overhaul of the way the council does business.

Northamptonshire given permission for extra council tax increase


Northamptonshire County Council has been given the freedom to increase council tax by 2% more than other local authorities without holding a referendum, it was announced today.

Christchurch to hold referendum on unitary council proposal


A referendum on joining a new unitary authority will be held by Christchurch Borough Council, after reports the Government in 'minded' to support the proposal.

Porter: Abolish council tax referendums


Referendums on council tax limits should be abolished in order to secure the financial sustainability of councils, Lord Porter will argue later today.

Lib Dems pledge new referendum on Brexit


The Liberal Democrats have pledged to hold a second referendum on Brexit and invest almost £7bn into education if elected in June.

Council defers referendum in wake of snap General Election


Plans to hold a referendum on local government reorganisation in Christchurch will be delayed following the announcement of a snap General Election.

Christchurch to hold referendum on Dorset’s local gov ‘overhaul’


Christchurch councillors have voted in support of a referendum on plans to create two new unitary authorities in Dorset after receiving ‘mixed results’ from previous consultations.

Leaked tape reveals Surrey's 'gentleman's agreement' with ministers


A leaked recording has allegedly caught the leader of Surrey County Council, David Hodge, admitting he secured a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ from ministers to call off a referendum.

Finding the money for social care


While the government's answer to solving the social care crisis appears to be increasing council tax bills, will this money even make a dent in the expected overspend this year? William Eichler and Laura Sharman investigate.

Lincolnshire ‘mega-council’ poll cancelled due to ‘ludicrous’ cost


A referendum on the creation of one ‘mega-council’ in Lincolnshire would cost in excess of £1m despite previous county council assurances costs would be ‘kept to a minimum’.

Surrey scraps plan for 15% council tax increase


Surrey Council County has announced it is abandoning proposals to increase council tax by 15% and has instead budgeted for a 4.99% rise.

Public to be polled about new unitary council in Lincolnshire


A referendum is to be held on abolishing all eight councils in Lincolnshire and replacing them one unitary council.

Council to hold referendum over 15% council tax increase


Surrey County Council is to hold a referendum on increasing council tax by 15% in order to ‘protect vital services’.

Mayor of Liverpool rules out council tax referendum


Liverpool City Council has ruled out holding a referendum on increasing council tax by up to 10%.

County leader hits out at precept capping for town and parish councils


Proposals forcing town and parish councils to hold costly referendums if they wish to increase tax by more than 2% have been labelled damaging by county leader.

Borough council in talks with actress Lindsay Lohan


Kettering Borough Council is in talks with Lindsay Lohan after the Hollywood star said she would be interested in switching on the city’s Christmas lights.

People reject elected mayor for Guildford in referendum


Residents have rejected the idea of having a directly elected mayor in Guildford.

EU referendum suffered ‘glaring democratic deficiencies’


A ‘root and branch review’ of the role and conduct of referendums is needed to ensure errors made during the EU vote are not repeated, say campaign group.

Ex-pats complain about missing postal votes


Confusion over postal voting emerged after complaints from expats that they had not received their ballot papers in time.

Flash flooding disrupts final hours of EU referendum


Poor weather caused disruption in parts of the country as voters made their way to polling booths.

Conspiracy theorists criticise use of pencils at polling stations


Voters in in an East Midlands borough were told they could not use their own pen to put a cross on their ballot papers - even though official guidelines say they can.

Brexit: Corbyn calls for ‘proper’ council funding after EU vote


Jeremy Corbyn has called for ‘proper funding of local authorities’ in the wake of the EU referendum results.

Council advised to remove 'biased' England flags from polling station


Council staff in Enfield were sent in to take down St George's flags and bunting at a polling station after fears that it could act as 'a dog whistle for the Leave campaign'.

Brexit: Local government facing ‘policy vacuum’


Local government has been warned to brace itself for further austerity measures and a possible shake-up of the devolution agenda, following the results of the EU referendum.

EU referendum could be perceived as ‘inconclusive’, campaigners warn


Referendum could see low turnout and a ‘worrying demographic divide’—factors that may lead to it being perceived as ‘inconclusive’, say campaigners.

What does Brexit mean for local government?


From public spending to immigration, William Eichler outlines what impact a Brexit could have on local government.

I hope sanity will prevail on 23 June


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

Why local government should vote remain


William Eichler talks to Martin Whybrow, Green Party councillor at Kent County Councillor for Hythe, about why local government should vote to remain in the European Union.

Why local government should back Brexit


William Eichler talks to cllr Lawrence J Webb, UKIP group leader on Havering Council, about why local government would be better off leaving the European Union.

Voters 'left in the dark' over EU referendum


Only a quarter of voters (24%) feel ‘well’ or ‘very well’ informed about the upcoming EU referendum, a figure that has slightly increased from 16% since February, according to new research.

EU citizens wrongly sent referendum polling cards


Some local authorities have sent polling cards and postal votes to a ‘small number’ of non-eligible EU citizens following a glitch with elections software.

Council accused of 'bias' over EU voting guide


Bristol City Council has been forced to amend an EU referendum voting guide, after claims it was biased towards the Remain campaign.

Surrey council to vote on elected mayor


Voters in Guildford are to be polled on whether or not they want to have a directly-elected mayor.

Barnet couldn’t ‘run a whelk stall’ let alone EU vote, Assembly says


Barnet should not be allowed to oversee the EU referendum after the ‘chaos’ of their local elections, the London Assembly says.

District to change structure following referendum


A district council in Dorset will change its committee structures following a referendum last week into its governance arrangements.

Voters stay home during poll on district council’s future


There has been a record-low turnout in a poll on the future of a West Sussex district council, despite the vote costing the taxpayer £20,000.

Beware the Eurocrats’ agenda


Claire Fox asks why is there not greater local government support for Brexit when serious questions over EU sovereignty remain unanswered

Havering is the most eurosceptic place in Britain, new poll reveals.


New YouGov research has found the east London borough of Havering is the most eurosceptic area in Britain—with Peterborough not far behind.

Council receives petition calling for elected mayor referendum


Guildford Council has received a petition calling for a referendum to be held on having a directed elected mayor.

North Tyneside Council to hold referendum on elected mayor


Voters in North Tyneside will be given the power to choose how the local council is run: either retaining the current elected mayor or opting for a new committee system.

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