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Voter ID legal challenge launched

19/02/2024

A legal challenge has been mounted against the Government over voter ID requirements for elections.

Rayner floats three-year pay deal

14/02/2024

An incoming Labour Government could throw its weight behind a longer-term pay deal for the sector to avoid the embarrassment of strikes, well-placed sources have suggested.

Minister shrugs off election concerns

06/12/2023

Fears that pressures on elections officials will leave them overwhelmed at the next election have been dismissed by local government minister Simon Hoare.

Current climate making it ‘impossible’ for councils to carry on

15/11/2023

Soaring demand, rising pay bills and inflationary costs are making it ‘virtually impossible’ to keep councils going, a senior chief executive has said.

Housing minister among casualties of Sunak reshuffle

13/11/2023

The UK will have its 16th housing minister in 12 years after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s sweeping reshuffle affected the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Labour regeneration plans will fail 'without radical action'

31/10/2023

An incoming Labour government’s regeneration plans will fail without radical action to devolve financial decision-making, researchers have warned.

Council leaders create roadmap for a Starmer government

26/09/2023

A plan for a future Labour administration to ‘reform public services and rebuild trust’ has been drawn out by local authority leaders.

Bentley insists level two devolution 'best option' for county

21/09/2023

Essex CC’s Conservative leader Kevin Bentley has insisted that a level two devolution deal is the ‘best option’ for the county.

Rayner takes levelling up role as Starmer shuffles his pack

04/09/2023

Labour leader Keir Starmer has appointed his deputy Angela Rayner as the party’s new shadow levelling up secretary.

South East Councils to consider devolution of vehicle excise duty

01/09/2023

The devolution of vehicle excise duty (VED) will be among the options expected to be considered by a London Finance Commission-style investigation.

Local government funding system has 'broken down'

15/08/2023

The funding system for local government has ‘broken down’ and what councils currently receive from Whitehall and council tax barely reflects need, a think-tank has warned.

Fresh LGA drive to influence MPs over skills

07/08/2023

The Local Government Association has proposed to establish a skills and employment working group as it seeks to influence MPs ahead of the election.

Risk of 'major electoral failure,' officers warn

26/06/2023

Pressure on council teams running elections will only be recognised in the event of a ‘major electoral failure,’ a new report has warned.

Pension changes could ease recruitment pressure

21/03/2023

Changes to the pension rules could ease the pressure on senior recruitment in local government, sector figures have suggested.

Devolution White Paper to be replaced by levelling up proposals

04/05/2021

A levelling up White Paper will replace the long-awaited policy document on devolution and local recovery.

Jenrick hails 'biggest multi-billion pound spending increase in a decade'

20/12/2019

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed what he describes as the ‘biggest multi-billion pound spending increase for councils in a decade’.

In a nutshell: What the election result means for local government

13/12/2019

With the Conservative party securing its biggest majority since the 1980s, what does this mean for local government?

Hundreds of Cardiff students 'unable to vote'

13/12/2019

Around 200 students in Cardiff were left unable to vote yesterday after failing to register correctly.

Software glitch means some people wrongly told they can vote

11/12/2019

Councils have been urgently checking their electoral registers after being told to install a last-minute software release.

Bed delays to hit 2.5m days since last election

04/12/2019

More than 2.5m bed days will have been lost in the NHS due to a lack of social care since the last General Election, new analysis has concluded.

Voters face 'stark choice' on public spending - IFS

29/11/2019

The choice could not be clearer on public spending plans by the main political parties according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Lib Dems unveil plans to tackle homelessness

28/11/2019

The Liberal Democrats have set out a raft of plans to end rough sleeping if they won the General Election.

'Huge' increase in voter registration

27/11/2019

The number of people registering to vote as increased by 31% compared to the 2017 general election, new figures reveal.

No parties would reduce child poverty, warns think tank

26/11/2019

None of the party manifestos would reduce levels of child poverty, new research from the Resolution Foundation has found.

Tories promise cash boost for infrastructure and skills

25/11/2019

A Conservative Government would deliver record investments in infrastructure, childcare and skills, according to the party’s manifesto.

Labour pledges to restore council spending to 2010 levels

21/11/2019

Council spending powers will be restored to 2010 levels over the next five years, if Labour wins the General Election.

Labour promises biggest council house building programme for decades

21/11/2019

Labour has pledged to create a 'housing revolution' with the biggest council house building programme since the Second World War.

Northants reorganisation stalled amid election

08/11/2019

Plans to reorganise cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council have stalled amid the general election.

Cost of alternative polling stations to be funded by Whitehall

06/11/2019

Councils will be reimbursed for the cost of finding alternative polling stations in the upcoming General Election.

Getting creative to avoid voting problems

04/11/2019

The forthcoming general election comes at a busy time of year amid warnings of serious strains on the voting system. But the worries may be exaggerated, Mark Whitehead learned.

Queen's Speech 19: Voter ID requirement at elections to be rolled out

14/10/2019

The Queen’s Speech has set out the Government’s plans to require voters to show photographic ID at polling stations.

'Cracks' starting to show in electoral system

16/09/2019

Election administrators have warned of ‘cracks’ beginning to show in the electoral system with the prospect of another poll on the horizon.

Labour would create local government commission

11/02/2019

Labour would create a new commission that would allow councillors to influence every decision that affects local authorities if they won a General Election.

Chief executive suspended after elections review

27/11/2017

Newcastle-under-Lyme BC has suspended its chief executive and monitoring officer after an independent review into problems faced by voters at the General Election.

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