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Think-tank issues warning on Brexit readiness


Local authorities and the devolved nations risk being overwhelmed by Brexit as they are trying to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, a think tank has claimed.

Three UK cities up for European Capital of Innovation 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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

The need for 'smart' waste collection


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


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


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

Councils braced for financial hit following Brexit


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


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


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

Creating resilient cities


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

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.

The challenges for regional city innovation in the face of Brexit


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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

LEPs to shape European funding decision


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


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


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

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