Transformation

Poll reveals ‘high levels’ of trust in social enterprises

22/11/2019
Nine out of 10 people would prefer public services were outsourced to social enterprises over the private sector, research reveals.

Transformation News

Northants reorganisation stalled amid election

08/11/2019

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

Councils warn 'unclear' labelling is hindering recycling efforts

07/11/2019

Councils are calling for a series of new measures to help boost recycling rates.

LGA reveals successful applicants for its housing advisers programme

05/11/2019

Fourteen local authorities are to receive funding to pay for independent expertise to help overcome housing challenges in their local areas.

Welsh growth deal worth £240m makes ‘progress’

05/11/2019

The UK and Welsh governments have signed a growth deal with local representatives that could see the creation of 4,000 jobs in the North of Wales.

Whitehall to pay Yorkshire company £30m to build ‘modern, green homes’

04/11/2019

The Government yesterday announced it will be paying £30m to a construction firm in Yorkshire to make the North of England the ‘world-leader in the creation of modern, green homes’.

Whitehall announces £18m for a dozen ‘left behind' areas

04/11/2019

The education secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced that the Opportunity Area programme will receive more funding to help improve educational outcomes and careers advice.

Welsh government announces £500,000 a year for digital officer

01/11/2019

Local authority leaders in Wales have welcomed an announcement that the Welsh government will pay £500,000 per year towards the cost of a local government digital officer.

Whitehall announces £16.4m to ‘boost’ town centres

01/11/2019

Selected local authorities will receive a share of £16.4m to help them access a fund aimed at boosting town centres and improving infrastructure, Whitehall has announced.

Council-led digital projects get £500,000 boost

31/10/2019

Seven council-led digital technology projects are set to receive grants of up to £100,000, according to the Government.

West Midlands and Google team up to tackle climate change

31/10/2019

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has teamed up with Google to tackle the climate change emergency.

Bristol council considers banning diesel vehicles

30/10/2019

Bristol City Council is considering banning diesel vehicles in what it claims will be the quickest way to reduce nitrogen dioxide in the air.

Reading’s children’s services improvement ‘huge achievement'

30/10/2019

A council-owned company has moved Reading's children's services out of its ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating.

Think tank calls for ‘devolution evolution’

29/10/2019

A greater devolution of powers and funding would help tackle Britain’s geographical inequalities, a report has said today.

Council chiefs call for an end to ‘patchwork’ of careers advice

29/10/2019

Local government leaders have called on Whitehall to hand funding and control of national skills schemes to local areas as they warn thousands of young people risk missing out on careers advice.

Councils offered £10m fund to ‘kick start’ new towns

28/10/2019

The Government has released £10m to help councils develop locally-led proposals to deliver more ‘new towns’.

Council to trial use of plastic kerbstones

28/10/2019

Kerbstones made from recycled plastics will be trialled by Wokingham Borough Council.

Reading to ditch polluting Hackney Carriages

25/10/2019

Older black cabs in Reading are set to be replaced with low emission vehicles as part of the council’s effort to make the city carbon neutral.

Welsh council trials microchipping bins to encourage recycling

24/10/2019

A Welsh county council is trialling the use of microchipping as part of an effort to encourage recycling as it moves to a four weekly collection.

Six local authorities sign housing deal with Homes England

24/10/2019

The Government has launched a nearly £40m fund in an attempt to kick start a ‘green housing revolution’ in the north of England.

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23/10/2019

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Whitehall urges councils to list local heritage sites

23/10/2019

The Government has called on councils to draw up lists of historical and cultural buildings in their area as part of a drive to preserve local assets.

Birmingham backs parking levy to cut pollution and congestion

18/10/2019

Birmingham City Council is to take forward work to develop a workplace parking levy (WPL) of £500 per space per year.

Sturgeon announces £27m to promote walking and cycling

16/10/2019

More than 200 ‘active travel’ projects across Scotland are set to receive a multi-million pound investment, Scotland’s first minister has announced.

Suffolk council postpones name change

15/10/2019

The decision to change the name of Babergh District Council has been temporarily postponed to give councillors more time to consider the proposal.

Queen's Speech 19: Devolution White Paper to set out 'structural reform'

14/10/2019

An English devolution White Paper is planned by the Government, it has been confirmed in the Queen’s Speech.

Hull aims to be ‘one of smartest cities in the world’ with new partnership

14/10/2019

A new partnership between Hull CC and smart city operator Connexin is set to put Hull among ‘the world leaders in smart city technology’, council says.

Trial launched into providing a stable home for ex-offenders

11/10/2019

A scheme to give prisoners a place to live when they are released is now being trialled in Leeds, London and Bristol, it has been announced.

New law to make it quicker to install faster internet connections in flats

10/10/2019

A new law has been passed to make it possible to install faster internet connections in flats where landlords ignore requests for access from broadband firms.

Leeds to abolish fines for overdue library books

10/10/2019

Leeds is the latest council to join a growing number abolishing fines for overdue library books.

Manchester CC joins campaign to plant 50 million trees

09/10/2019

Manchester City Council has thrown its weight behind a campaign to encourage the Government to support the planting of a large forest in the North of England.

Greater Manchester first to consult on bus franchising

09/10/2019

Greater Manchester is set to become the first city-region in the UK to hold a public consultation on the introduction of a bus franchising scheme.

Rent caps needed to curb housing crisis, report says

04/10/2019

A think tank has called for local leaders to have the power to cap rents in high-cost areas.

Councils join pilot to find data-driven solutions to homelessness

03/10/2019

Three local authorities in Scotland, Wales and England have agreed to join a pilot which aims to help them improve their use of evidence and data in order to tackle homelessness.

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.

Javid promises devolution White Paper

30/09/2019

A new White Paper to more powers to local areas was announced in the Chancellor’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester today.

Labour pledges to scrap Universal Credit

30/09/2019

Labour has promised to replace ‘inhumane’ Universal Credit with a new social security system.

Direct messaging service to save taxpayers £175m

26/09/2019

The Government says its messaging service is set to save taxpayers an average of £35m a year over the next five years.

Over 3,500 homeless veterans missing out on council support

24/09/2019

Thousands of homeless veterans could be losing out on support and housing available to them, figures reveal as campaign to help homeless veterans is launched.

Sheffield to hold referendum on ‘overhauling’ governance

24/09/2019

Sheffield City Council has confirmed that a referendum on its governance arrangements will go ahead after a petition called for a radical overhaul of the way the council does business.

Labour pledges to scrap ‘unfit for purpose’ Ofsted

23/09/2019

Labour has vowed to scrap Ofsted and replace it with regular ‘health checks’ led by local government.

Babergh council considers changing name to ‘eliminate confusion’

20/09/2019

Councillors at Babergh District Council are planning on changing the local authority’s name because outsiders struggle to pronounce ‘Babergh’.

Whitehall announces 12 renewable energy projects

20/09/2019

The Government has announced 12 new renewable energy projects which are set to deliver clean energy to seven million homes.

Health chiefs recommend new air pollution curbs

19/09/2019

Environment and public health chiefs have made a raft of recommendations to tackle air pollution in London, including new local measures to reduce car use.

Oxfordshire councils launch ‘bold’ plans for tackling congestion

19/09/2019

Local authorities in Oxfordshire have announced new plans for reducing congestion on all major routes into Oxford.

Whitehall launches £95m high street fund

16/09/2019

The high streets that will benefit from a £95m Government fund have been identified.

Full-fibre and 5G could boost council revenue by £10,000

13/09/2019

Investing in full-fibre and 5G could increase a local authority’s revenue intake by £10,000, new research suggests.

Whitehall commits to new wave of devolution deals across the Midlands

13/09/2019

The publication of a new Midlands Engine Strategy has been brought forward, signalling a commitment from Government for new devolution deals across the Midlands.

PM urged to invest over £45m in the Midlands rail network

12/09/2019

The Prime Minister has been urged to get behind a multi-billion pound plan to ‘supercharge’ the Midland’s economy by reforming its rail network.

Retailers urged to ‘assess-challenge-check’ customers buying knives

11/09/2019

Shops are being urged to take more care in who they sell knives to as part of an effort to crack down on knife crime.

Think tank calls for radical reform of children’s services

10/09/2019

A radical new approach to children’s services is needed to avert the growing crisis, a think tank has warned today.

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