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NILGA welcomes chance of return to Stormont rule

31/01/2024

Local government in Northern Ireland has welcomed the news of a possible return to rule at Stormont.

Council websites referred to equality watchdogs

30/10/2023

Some 56 local government websites have been referred to equality watchdogs in the last year.

Council staff at Newry, Mourne and Down commence industrial action

17/07/2023

Staff at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, one of Northern Ireland’s largest local authorities, commenced industrial action today (17 July).

Northern Ireland’s councils demand ‘more respect’ from Government

30/05/2023

Northern Ireland’s councils have demanded ‘more respect’ from central Government but are wary of becoming dependent on a financial settlement.

Sinn Fein becomes largest party of Northern Ireland local government

22/05/2023

Sinn Fein has become the largest party in Northern Ireland local government for the first time after securing 144 seats in the latest polls.

Northern Ireland branded 'inert' as councils go to polls

18/05/2023

With Northern Ireland's local elections today the region has been branded ‘uncompetitive’ and in need of localised public services due to Stormont stalemate.

Council chiefs in Northern Ireland warn of intimidation

17/05/2023

Council leaders in Northern Ireland have raised concerns about the abuse and intimidation of candidates in this year’s local council election campaign.

'Widespread industrial action' warning

10/05/2023

Unite has warned the Scottish Government and employers there ‘could be widespread industrial action’ without a ‘significant increase’ to the current pay offer.

Labour outlines huge devolution push

05/12/2022

Labour proposes removing ‘dead hand of centralisation’ by devolving to local government wide-ranging powers over employment, growth, transport and education.

Funding request to rescue inflation-hit City Deal

30/11/2022

Derry City & Strabane DC is to request more funding to back its £250m City Deal as inflation threatens to force planned projects to be scaled back.

Council calls for removal of child sex abuse councillor

13/09/2022

Derry City and Strabane councils contacted the NI Electoral Office yesterday to discuss the disqualification of a councillor convicted of child sex abuse.

'Fierce resistance' to threatened strike clampdown

06/09/2022

Any attempt by new Prime Minister Liz Truss to outlaw strikes will be met with ‘fierce resistance,’ trade union Unite has warned.

NI councils welcome funding for greenway and active travel schemes

07/07/2022

Councils in Northern Ireland have been urged to apply for funding to deliver greenways and active travel schemes.

Rugby workers will be latest to strike

25/04/2022

Refuse, recycling and street cleansing workers at Rugby BC are among the council employees who will walk out on strike this week.

Government unveils £2.6bn UK Shared Prosperity Fund

13/04/2022

The Scottish Government has said it has been short-changed by its allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Care home closed after children revealed to be ‘at risk’

15/03/2022

A care home in Northern Ireland has been criticised after an inspection revealed that vulnerable children were ‘at risk’.

Week-long strike over pay to hit local government sector

08/03/2022

Council workers are expected to strike for a week this month in the first coordinated industrial action to hit the sector in a decade.

Northern Irish councils in devolution call

24/11/2021

The sector is pressing for increased powers to help the country to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

EXCLUSIVE: Employers dig in as they refuse to reopen pay talks

19/10/2021

Council employers have dug in to defend their ‘full and final’ pay offer despite warnings that months of disruption could lie ahead.

Disruption warning as unions ask for pay talks to resume

15/10/2021

Unions have urged council employers to return to the negotiating table with an improved pay offer amid warnings that months of disruption could lie ahead.

Unison warns of strike action over council pay

04/10/2021

Trade union Unison has warned of future strike action unless local government employers improve their pay offer.

Queen's Speech: Controversial voter ID plans roll forward

11/05/2021

Voter ID is expected to be introduced by May 2023 after the Government pledged to introduce legislation to ‘ensure the integrity of elections’.

No simple north-south divide, says report

19/04/2021

There is no simple north-south divide, a new report by Legal and General (L&G) has argued.

Employers branded a 'disgrace' over council pay delay

26/02/2021

Council employers have been branded a ‘disgrace’ after they said they would not respond to a union pay claim until after the May 6 elections.

Coronavirus has turned 'financial cracks into craters'

18/06/2020

The new president of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) has warned that coronavirus has turned ‘financial cracks into craters’.

Funding boost brings 'hope' for councils, says NILGA

19/05/2020

A £20.3m funding boost to local authorities has given ‘hope’ to the councils and their partners, leaders have said.

Budget 2020: New West Yorkshire mayor announced

11/03/2020

A new directly-elected West Yorkshire mayor has been announced with the Government signing a new devolution deal amid plans to ‘level up’ the UK economy.

NI council chiefs call for investment to ‘unlock potential of local government'

13/01/2020

Local authority leaders in Northern Ireland have welcomed the draft deal which is set to restore the executive at Stormont and have called for more devolution to the local level.

New group to lobby for further devolution to Northern Ireland councils

01/10/2019

A new group to lobby for greater resources and devolution for councils in Northern Ireland has been set up.

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.

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.

Northern Irish councils call for further devolution

21/06/2018

The time is now right to extend the responsibilities of local government in Northern Ireland through greater devolution from Stormont, a new report said today.

Local government figures celebrated in Queen's birthday honours

11/06/2018

The former interim chief executive of Birmingham City Council, Stella Manzie, has been made a Dame in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to local government.

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