Transformation

Council of the Year shortlist revealed

18/04/2019
Five councils are in the running to be named as Local Authority of the Year 2019, it has been revealed as The MJ publishes its awards finalists.

Transformation News

Whitehall pledges to end aggressive council tax debt collection

11/04/2019

The way local authorities recover unpaid council tax is to be reviewed by the Government in a bid to protect vulnerable residents from aggressive debt collection.

Council to make highway maintenance ‘fit for the future’

10/04/2019

North Yorkshire County Council is considering using a ‘Teckal’ company in order to improve its highway maintenance services.

Virtual reality used to help people with learning disabilities vote

09/04/2019

The Northern Ireland branch of Mencap is using virtual reality to support people with learning disabilities to vote in the upcoming local elections.

Over £1m awarded to ‘innovative data projects’

09/04/2019

The winners of a competition designed to find the most innovative data projects out there will receive a share of a £1.5m fund, the Government has announced.

Somerset council signs six ‘community library partnerships’

08/04/2019

Somerset County Council signed six ‘community library partnerships’ last week in a move that will help maintain library services in the face of cuts.

ALMOs unable to replace 31% of Right to Buy sales in 2018

05/04/2019

Local authority housing companies were unable to replace 31% of properties sold under Right to Buy, a new survey has revealed.

Council invests £1m in effort to give Bristol a spring clean

04/04/2019

Bristol City Council is investing in high tech bins in an effort to tackle the city’s litter problem.

Whitehall slammed for ‘failing’ to help councils prepare for Brexit

03/04/2019

Council chiefs call for powers to be devolved from Brussels to councils post-Brexit after MPs warn of a lack of preparation for a possible exit from the EU.

Welsh government reforms council tax to make it ‘fairer’

01/04/2019

The Welsh government has introduced legislation which removes the power to imprison people for not paying their council tax.

Think tank warns against banning outsourcing

28/03/2019

A think tank has called for a review of the regulations governing outsourcing, but stressed it opposed the idea of banning the controversial practice.

Council gives plan to deliver nearly 20,000 homes the go-ahead

27/03/2019

A 20-year plan to deliver homes, jobs, transport infrastructure and community facilities for Warrington has been given the thumbs-up.

Nearly £4m made available for 'pocket parks'

26/03/2019

Over 40 derelict urban spaces across the country are to benefit from the Government’s multi-million pound pocket park fund.

South Yorkshire devolution deadlock broken

25/03/2019

The years-long devolution stalemate in south Yorkshire has finally been resolved.

Labour pledges to end outsourcing of services dealing with ‘at risk’ people

25/03/2019

The Labour Party has pledged to end the outsourcing of services that involve contact with people who are considered to be ‘at risk’.

Watchdog calls for ‘fundamental change’ in Scottish councils

21/03/2019

Scottish councils need to change in order to address the growing gap between demand and resources, a local authority watchdog has warned.

Industrial strategy not doing enough for 'everday' sectors warn MPs

19/03/2019

The government’s industrial strategy has focused on high tech businesses but should do more to support other 'everyday' sectors, MPs say.

Edinburgh tram extension gets green light

15/03/2019

Councillors in Edinburgh have voted to back the £207m extension of the city’s controversial tram network to Leith and Newhaven.

Birmingham faces 'major public health crisis’, council warns

14/03/2019

Birmingham City Council has been given the go-ahead to introduce a clean air zone to tackle what it has called a 'major public health crisis'.

Homes England to share office space with Coventry City Council

14/03/2019

The government’s housing agency is trialling shared office space with Coventry City Council as part of a move to work more closely with its regional partners.

Five areas chosen for Future Places scheme

13/03/2019

Five areas have been announced to take part in a programme to recognise and support 'high quality placemaking'.

MPs warn eight out of ten households unable to escape ‘cruel’ benefit cap

12/03/2019

More than eight out of ten households affected by the benefit cap should be exempt from the ‘cruel’ policy, MPs have said today.

Around 3,500 school places to be created for pupils with complex needs

11/03/2019

Thousands of new school places are being created for children with special needs or those facing additional challenges in mainstream education, Whitehall says

Manchester signs ‘cultural agreement’ with Danish cities

07/03/2019

Manchester has signed a 'cultural agreement' with two Danish cities with a focus on arts and health, young people and urban development and design.

Former Spice Girl raises awareness of economic abuse

06/03/2019

Spice Girl Mel B has visited Downing Street as the Government prepares to recognise economic abuse in its definition of domestic abuse for the first time.

Council makes 'significant progress' after standards issues

01/03/2019

Sandwell MBC has made ‘significant progress’ following an independent review last year.

Liverpool development set to be ‘game-changer’, mayor says

28/02/2019

A plan for up to 1,500 new homes to be built at a prime waterfront spot in Liverpool is set to go ahead.

Council to bask in glow of solar farm cash

27/02/2019

Warrington Council expects to generate an estimated operating surplus of £150m over 30 years after buying two UK solar farms.

Councils declare a ‘climate emergency’

26/02/2019

A climate emergency declaration has been made by 27 councils across the country following a campaign by the Green Party.

Councillors take final step towards creation of new Weymouth council

25/02/2019

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is one step closer towards setting up of a new town council for Weymouth.

Sutton chosen to trial 'on-demand' bus service

20/02/2019

An ‘on-demand’ bus service is set to be trialled in Sutton to help reduce the borough’s high dependency on cars.

Council chiefs insist waste reforms must be ‘fully funded’

18/02/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed plans to ‘overhaul’ the waste system, but cautioned Whitehall that any reforms need to be fully funded.

New funding to get people more involved in local issues

15/02/2019

Funding has been announced in 16 boroughs, town and cities across England to encourage more people to get involved in local issues.

Council offers additional leave to victims of abuse

14/02/2019

A Scottish Council is set to be the first in Europe to offer additional leave provision to employees who are victims of domestic abuse.

Only a week left to enter Street Design Awards 

14/02/2019

The Street Design Awards, celebrating innovation and best practice in street design schemes, have been relaunched by Local Government News magazine.

Council rolls scooters out in bid to tackle pollution

13/02/2019

Children in Leeds will soon be travelling to school on scooters instead of in cars as part of the council’s push to clean up the city’s air.

NILGA: Give councils the power to change Northern Ireland

11/02/2019

The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) has called for the role of councils to be formally reviewed and strengthened after the elections in May, giving greater decision making powers to local people and places.

Historical guildhall to undergo first ‘major restoration’ in decades

11/02/2019

York's Guildhall, one of the city’s most historically significant buildings, could be in line for its first major restoration in more than 60 years.

Brokenshire announces plans to improve integration

11/02/2019

The Government has announced new measures to help immigrants integrate with their communities.

Housing crisis forces millennials to move back in with parents

08/02/2019

Young adults are increasingly moving back in with their parents due, in part, to the the national housing shortage, research suggests.

London boroughs announce new joint digital strategy

07/02/2019

Kingston and Sutton councils have announced a new joint digital strategy that will help the boroughs become ‘better connected through technology’.

Local government outsourcing fell by more than £80m in 2018

06/02/2019

The total value of outsourcing contracts agreed by councils in 2018 fell by more than £80m in 2018, according to the Arvato UK Outsourcing Index.

Call for tourism tax review

05/02/2019

An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.

Cheshire East comes top in national library survey

01/02/2019

Cheshire East is celebrating once again taking the top spot in a national survey of library services.

Multi-million funding boost to prevent potholes

31/01/2019

The Government has announced a £23m funding boost to develop new technology that can stop potholes from forming.

Funding deal agreed to build homes on London's rooftops

31/01/2019

The Government has backed a project to build rooftop properties in London on the top of existing buildings.

Around £2bn of clean energy projects ‘stuck’ due to lack of funds

30/01/2019

A ‘temperature check’ survey has identified an estimated £2bn worth of council clean energy projects that are struggling to progress due to underfunding.

Glasgow could move council offices to regeneration areas

30/01/2019

Plans to move council offices from the city centre to key regeneration sites are being considered by Glasgow City Council.

Third district joins legal action against Bucks unitary plan

28/01/2019

A third council has announced it will be taking legal action against the proposed new unitary council for Buckinghamshire.

Whitehall makes £50,000 available for high streets

25/01/2019

Communities across the country can bid for up to £50,000 to help make local areas more attractive for business, the high streets minister has announced.

Developer announces plans to build 800 homes in Yorkshire

25/01/2019

Plans for 800 new homes in the East Riding of Yorkshire on a site as big as 50 football pitches have taken a step forward.

White Papers

Dispelling the myth: future networks whitepaper

A new whitepaper – produced by BT - looks set to dispel the myths surrounding ‘future networks’ and achieving a smarter digital future for organisations.

General Data Protection Regulation

Download a new White Paper on dealing with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation

Partner Zone

How chiefs can lead digital change image How chiefs can lead digital change

At a round table debate in Manchester, The MJ and BT discussed the implications of digital transformation for senior management. Heather Jameson reports

The NHS and digitally-enabled care image The NHS and digitally-enabled care

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out an ambition that digitally-enabled care will go mainstream across the NHS. What are the key digital technology trends and how will it help citizens, clinicians and staff to improve health and care outcomes? Keiron Salt offers some answers

Cloud – the next generation image Cloud – the next generation

The Cloud Industry Forum's latest research explores how prepared enterprises are for the disruption from cloud.

SD-WAN expert video: health sector image SD-WAN expert video: health sector

BT Expert / SD-WAN – Keiron Salt on health sector

SD-WAN expert video: public sector image SD-WAN expert video: public sector

BT Expert / SD-WAN – Simon Yellowley on Public Sector organisations

Not all ethical hackers are equal image Not all ethical hackers are equal

Bas de Graaf provides advice on choosing the right partner to help you stay secure.

Highways jobs

Director of Learning

Camden London Borough Council
Up to £85,850
To be considered for this post we are looking for a degree educated innovative and diligent Director who has previous demonstrable experience. Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Chief Officer

Leeds City Council
Up to £106k
Leeds, a city built on talent! Leeds, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Leeds City Council

Head of Educational Safeguarding and Inclusion

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
Up to £61,751
As an experienced educational specialist, with a depth of knowledge, passion and commitment for inclusion you’ll... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Resourcer/Support Officer

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£19,554 - £21,166
You will provide appropriate support to and work alongside a disabled Corporate Policy Officer working within the Strategy and Policy Team.  Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker

London Borough of Bexley
£29,966 inclusive of Choices and Market Premium
If this sounds exciting and reassuring, we want you to get in touch with us! Bexleyheath, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Bexley