General Election 2017

Analysis shows 22 million votes were 'wasted' in General Election

21/08/2017

More than 20 million votes had no impact on the result of the 2017 General Election, according to new analysis by the Electoral Reform Society.

Snap election blamed for delays in public sector building starts

11/08/2017

The number of new building projects in the public sector fell by 10% in part because of the snap general election in June, according to construction analysts.

Council orders probe into voting problems

14/06/2017

An investigation has been commissioned by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council after problems were raised with people voting in the General Election.

Council apologises after incorrect voting count

12/06/2017

Plymouth City Council has apologised after discovering the votes for the Plymouth Sutton and Devonport constituency were incorrect.

Key local government figure loses seat in snap election

09/06/2017

Theresa May has failed to boost her majority in the run up to Brexit, with the snap election resulting in a hung parliament instead.

Government urged to sort out ‘messy and muddled’ policies

08/06/2017

The next government needs to provide a ‘strategic direction’ for councils currently operating in a ‘very messy and muddled policy environment,’ a think-tank boss has urged.

Free taxi rides offered in London to help elderly cast their vote

08/06/2017

People 65 or receiving social care are being offered a free taxi ride to polling stations in London until 10pm tonight.

A bulging in-tray awaits the communities secretary next week

08/06/2017

From community cohesion to business rates, devolution and adult social care, whoever walks into Marsham Street next week will have a lot of paperwork to go through.

A quarter of seats haven't changed hands since WWII finds research

08/06/2017

One in four seats have been held by the same party since the Second World War, according to new analysis by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS).

Lib Dems promise £17bn infrastructure fund

07/06/2017

The Liberal Democrats yesterday announced plans to create a £17bn infrastructure fund to repair schools and hospitals across England.

Police to guard all polling stations in Tower Hamlets to tackle voter intimidation

07/06/2017

Police will be present at every polling station in Tower hamlets in a bid to tackle electoral fraud and voter intimidation.

Council replaces missing postal vote packs

07/06/2017

Plymouth council has been forced to issue hundreds of replacement postal vote packs after complaints that some have not been received.

Labour announce ‘New Deal’ on housing for first-time buyers

06/06/2017

Labour have announced a ‘New Deal’ to fix the UK’s housing crisis, including a promise to build 100,000 ‘genuinely affordable’ homes a year by 2022.

What does local government want from the next Government?

05/06/2017

William Eichler explores what local government organisations hope to see from the next Government.

Tories claim 'Garden Tax' could affect 10 million homeowners

05/06/2017

Labour’s proposed Property and Garden Tax could increase the average council tax bill by 224%, the Conservatives have warned.

Dramatic increase in tactical voting reveals flaws in ‘lottery’ electoral system

02/06/2017

One in five voters are planning to vote ‘tactically’ in the General Election, campaigners find.

What do the General Election manifestos mean for local government?

19/05/2017

The parties have unveiled their manifesto pledges. William Eichler looks at what they're offering the local government sector.

Need for elected mayors are scrapped by all parties

19/05/2017

County council leaders have welcomed the requirement for newly-devolved local authorities to have directly-elected mayors being dropped.

Lib Dems pledge new referendum on Brexit

17/05/2017

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

Labour pledges to increase local government funding

16/05/2017

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to increase funding to local authorities and review local government finance if elected in June.

General Election 2017: Labour's draft manifesto leaked

11/05/2017

Labour's leaked manifesto reveals it would invest billions of pounds into care in the first year and scrap Sustainability and Transformation Plans if it won the election.

Opposition parties announce plans to save ‘struggling’ health and care system

08/05/2017

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have announced their manifesto commitments to save the UK’s struggling health and social care sector, and tackle childhood obesity.

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