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Three UK cities up for European Capital of Innovation 2019

07/08/2019

Three UK cities have made the shortlist for receiving the title of European Capital of Innovation 2019.

EU citizens ‘denied’ vote in European elections

24/05/2019

European Union citizens living in the UK have complained of having their right to vote for an MEP ‘denied’.

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.

Whitehall announces preparations for EU elections

02/04/2019

The Government has written to the Electoral Commission confirming that it will help local authorities prepare for possible European elections in May.

Council chiefs call for ‘power and control’ over funding after Brexit

27/02/2019

Leaving the EU risks exacerbating regional inequalities, but it also provides an opportunity to rethink the Government’s approach to regional funding.

What will 2019 bring for local government?

24/12/2018

Turbulent waters lie ahead in 2019, says Mark Whitehead, and councils will need to watch events carefully

Councils warn £1bn is at risk of being returned to EU

15/10/2018

Nearly £1bn earmarked for local investment will be lost if the Government does not act soon, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Brexit will cause ‘social care workforce crisis’, think tank warns

22/08/2018

Ending freedom of movement after Brexit could mean more than 100,000 fewer adult social care workers by 2026, a think tank has warned.

‘No deal’ Brexit will lead to labour shortages, study reveals

22/08/2018

A 'no deal' Brexit will lead to labour shortages in the South East of England unless the Government extends freedom of movement, leading think tank warns.

Devolution crucial to weathering post-Brexit ‘storm’, council chiefs say

04/07/2018

Local authority leaders have called for more powers in order to deal with the ‘perfect storm’ that is likely to hit rural communities after Brexit.

Council chiefs back post-Brexit health cooperation with EU

13/06/2018

Local authority leaders have backed a call for continued cooperation with the European Union in order to tackle infectious diseases after Brexit.

Councils must change collection services to meet EU recycling target

25/05/2018

Most councils will be able to meet the EU's recycling target at no extra cost, according to waste management experts.

Report calls for a bespoke workforce deal with the EU

03/05/2018

Only a bespoke workforce deal with the EU would allow the public sector to recruit top-end talent as well as sufficient numbers of skilled workers and lower-skilled staff, according to finance chiefs.

Council chiefs 'pessimistic' about Brexit

06/03/2018

More than six out of ten council chief executives and leaders believe Brexit will be damaging to their local economy, a new survey has revealed.

Council chiefs call for ‘locally-driven’ successor to EU aid

07/02/2018

Council chiefs have urged the Government to create a ‘locally-driven’ successor to EU aid as MPs warn Whitehall too slow in allocating Brexit resources.

Council leaders call for ‘urgent clarity’ over EU funding

07/12/2017

Council chiefs yesterday called on the Government to provide ‘urgent clarity’ over how it will replace current European Union structural funds post-Brexit.

Brexit will undermine support for disabled people, charity warns

05/12/2017

Leaving the EU will weaken support for disabled people unless the Government shores up the voluntary social care sector, according to a new report.

Regional funding requires ‘radical shake-up’ post-Brexit, commission says

01/12/2017

Public sector leaders have called for a radical shake-up of the way regional funding now coming from the EU is shared out after Brexit.

UK cities question legality of exclusion from European Capital of Culture award

30/11/2017

Five UK cities bidding to be European Capital of Culture have issued a statement questioning legality of the EU’s decision to exclude them from the award.

Council leaders call for ‘swift’ safeguarding of EU citizens

28/09/2017

The leaders of three London councils have written directly to the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, urging him to safeguard the rights of EU citizens living in the capital.

Commission launched to study Brexit impact on public services

24/08/2017

A new commission has been launched tasked with exploring the risks and opportunities of Brexit for public services.

Council awarded over £500,000 in EU funding to boost markets

16/08/2017

Basildon Council has been awarded €600,000 - nearly £546,000 - of EU funding as it takes the lead in a project designed to revitalise its town centre.

Council chiefs call for £8bn of EU funding to be replaced

28/07/2017

More than £8bn will be needed to replace EU regional funding after Brexit, according to local government leaders.

The need for 'smart' waste collection

18/05/2017

Giles K Bailey and Stefano Mainero explore how new technologies can help transform the future of waste collection services.

Key policies to make Brexit a success for public services

17/05/2017

Brexit should be an opportunity to devolve power to the regions and promote local growth, commission says.

Whitehall must not use Brexit as an excuse to centralise power, councils warn

30/03/2017

Brexit must lead to ‘new legislative freedoms and flexibilities’ for councils, local government leaders insist.

Councils braced for financial hit following Brexit

16/03/2017

Council negotiators have resigned themselves to taking a financial hit from Brexit as they continue talks with ministers, The MJ understands.

East of England received £365m of EU funding in one decade, study reveals

22/02/2017

Hundreds of millions of pounds of EU grant funding has been received by Norfolk and Suffolk over a 10 year period, a new study reveals.

EU biggest export market for nearly all British cities

30/01/2017

The European Union (EU) is the biggest export market for 61 out of 62 British cities, new report reveals.

Creating resilient cities

20/12/2016

Giles K Bailey and Stefano Mainero explore the challenges for UK cities in considering resiliency planning.

Borough council in talks with actress Lindsay Lohan

01/11/2016

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.

The challenges for regional city innovation in the face of Brexit

15/09/2016

What are the options for councils looking to make the most of innovation funding in a post-Brexit world? Giles K Bailey and Stefano Mainero investigate.

Brexit could cost Cornwall ‘hundreds of millions’, councillor says

16/08/2016

Council warns it could lose out on ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ in the event of a Brexit, despite Government assurances lost EU funding would be covered.

Treasury’s commitment to replace EU funding ‘falls short’, councils warn

15/08/2016

Whitehall’s promise to honour EU funding commitments in the event of a Brexit ‘falls well short’, council chiefs say.

Exclusive: Brexit should mean review of four-year funding settlement for councils

10/08/2016

More than three-quarters of council staff believe the Government should re-think its four-year funding settlement to local government following the EU referendum.

Cornwall to keep Brussels office open to benefit from EU funding

03/08/2016

Cornwall has ‘no plans’ to close its Brussels office despite voting to leave the European Union, a spokesperson has confirmed.

£1.2bn Cardiff City Deal to go ahead despite Brexit threat

28/07/2016

The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to its £1.2bn city deal with Cardiff in the face of uncertainty created by the Brexit vote.

Local government secures seat at EU negotiations

05/07/2016

Local government will be given a seat at the table for negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union, the Government has confirmed.

Councils need ‘assurances’ over billions in EU funding

05/07/2016

Council leaders want ‘urgent assurances’ from Whitehall that they will still receive billions in EU funding following the referendum result.

Nigel Farage resigns as Ukip leader for the third time

04/07/2016

Nigel Farage has announced he is stepping down as the leader of Ukip because he feels he has ‘done [his] bit’ by getting Britain out of the European Union.

Ex-pats complain about missing postal votes

24/06/2016

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

Brexit: Council leaders call for key role in replacing EU laws

24/06/2016

Local Government must be given a 'seat around the table' when it comes to deciding how to replace EU laws, council leaders have insisted.

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

24/06/2016

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'.

Council leader warns jobs will be lost if EU funding goes

24/06/2016

The leader of Northumberland CC has called on the Government to protect his area from any loss of European funding.

Brexit: Cameron resigns as prime minister

24/06/2016

David Cameron has announced he will step down as prime minister in the next three months, after the UK voted in favour of leaving the European Union.

Brexit: UK votes to leave European Union

24/06/2016

The UK has elected to leave the European Union, with 52% of people backing a Brexit.

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

17/06/2016

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?

17/06/2016

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

17/06/2016

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

16/06/2016

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

16/06/2016

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.

Brexit or no Brexit, State aid rules will not go quietly

14/06/2016

Jonathan Branton considers the possible outcomes for the UK's state aid regime should we leave the EU.

EU citizens wrongly sent referendum polling cards

03/06/2016

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.

Public services ‘deeply interlinked’ with EU membership

05/05/2016

Many voters think EU membership makes no difference to public services, despite evidence to the contrary, a new report argues.

Whitehall urged to reduce EU penalties

27/04/2016

The public spending watchdog has criticised government departments for being too slow to reduce the amount paid in penalties to the European Commission.

£1bn EU investment to build thousands of affordable homes

25/04/2016

The UK will receive £1bn in social housing investment from the EU's bank in order to support the construction of an estimated 20,000 new homes.

Union warns Brexit would damage rights of council workers

14/04/2016

Leaving the European Union could see council staff losing workplace rights such as paid holiday and limits on excessive hours, trade union Unison are warning.

Beware the Eurocrats’ agenda

07/04/2016

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

Council leaders warn Brexit would 'wreak havoc' on services

06/04/2016

More than 60 council leaders have written a letter to a national newspaper claiming leaving the EU would have a negative impact on 'almost every area of council work'.

Tory councillors warn against Brexit

07/03/2016

Forty Conservative councillors, including 31 council leaders, have called for Britain to stay in the European Union.

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

01/03/2016

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

Look for a winning hand

18/02/2016

Bob Neill MP examines the pros and cons of a Brexit and why local authorities must play a greater part in engaging with Whitehall.

Havering first council to back exit from EU

28/01/2016

Havering Council is the first in Britain to vote in favour of exiting the European Union (EU).

LEPs to shape European funding decision

06/08/2015

Local projects are being urged to apply for a share of £5bn in European funding, which will be targeted at Local Enterprise Partnership areas for the first time.

Tougher UK council recycling targets planned by Europe

03/07/2014

Councils could be forced to recycle 70% of local waste by 2030 under new proposals put forward by the European Commission.

North Devon seeks additional EU funding

08/01/2014

North Devon Council has called for additional assisted area status to help secure extra EU funding.

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