Transformation

Johnson announces £23.6m Truro Deal

07/04/2021
Truro has secured £23.6m from the Towns Fund to boost the local economy, create jobs and new homes.

Transformation News

East Midlands councils launch development corporation

24/03/2021

A consortium of local authorities in the East Midlands is taking a major step forwards with proposals to launch a body which could trial a new model for planning and cross-regional economic development.

Report calls for a 'connected recovery' from pandemic

24/03/2021

Safer and more welcoming public spaces would help people reconnect post-COVID-19, MPs and peers have argued.

Commission calls on councils to improve digital services for social care

23/03/2021

Not enough local authorities or care providers are using the available technology within social care to keep people safe at home, a new study finds.

Plymouth to set up council-owned care company

22/03/2021

Plymouth City Council is setting up its own care company after a number of providers warned they could not provide services at short notice.

Council gives green light to £350m developments

18/03/2021

Southampton City Council has given the green light to two new developments that will see over 1000 homes built in the city.

Scottish islands to receive £100m boost

18/03/2021

The UK and Scottish governments have signed an investment agreement that could deliver a £335m boost for Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.

Government unveils hydrogen transport hub ‘masterplan’

17/03/2021

The Government has unveiled the official ‘masterplan’ for the UK’s first-ever hydrogen transport hub.

Mayoral votes to use ‘outdated’ system

16/03/2021

The Government plans to switch to the first-past-the-post system to elect mayors.

UCL study calls for ‘21st century approach to prosperity’

16/03/2021

A new study has criticised the Government’s top down levelling-up agenda and calls for what it calls a ‘21st century approach to prosperity’.

Johnson unveils £3bn plan to 'shake-up' bus services

15/03/2021

Councils are being urged to enter into a statutory ‘enhanced partnership’ or franchising agreements with bus companies in order to receive new funding from the Government.

Local government pension fund to become net zero investor

10/03/2021

The Avon Pension Fund has committed to becoming a net zero investor by 2050 or earlier.

Tear down devolution 'barriers,' APPG urges

09/03/2021

Powers should be devolved to councils before reorganisation takes place, a new report has concluded.

New toolkit to help councils champion good governance

09/03/2021

New toolkits to help senior council staff and councillors understand and act on risks to good governance have been published today.

Home secretary announces £23m to tackle exploitation of young people

08/03/2021

A children’s charity has called for a national strategy to provide help for children at risk of exploitation rather than a strategy focusing on ‘hot spots’.

Budget 2021: Chancellor confirms £4.8bn ‘levelling up fund’

03/03/2021

Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the first round of the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund will be available to local areas to help tackle regional inequalities.

Liverpool City Region launches £30m digital joint venture

26/02/2021

A £30m joint venture to make the Liverpool City Region the most digitally connected area in the UK has been unveiled by metro mayor Steve Rotheram.

Labour calls for council powers to intervene in high streets

25/02/2021

Proposals for councils to take over empty shops and a ‘wholesale reform’ of business rates have been put forward by Labour.

Hackney plans to insource £12m of services

25/02/2021

Council services in the London borough of Hackney worth nearly £12m every year will be reclaimed from private companies as part of a new strategy to deliver public services in-house rather than outsourcing them.

Consultation starts on restructuring local government in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset

23/02/2021

A consultation on creating unitary authorities in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset has been announced today by the Government.

Homes England invites councils to become strategic partners

22/02/2021

Local authorities have been invited to become strategic partners with Homes England to increase the delivery of affordable housing.

Boston Council becomes third shareholder in local authority company

19/02/2021

Boston Borough Council has agreed to become a shareholder in a local authority trading company to save £1.8m over the next ten years.

Plan could double economic output of Oxford-Cambridge Arc to £200bn, minister says

18/02/2021

The Government has announced a ‘spatial framework’ plan aimed at transforming the economic and cultural potential of the area stretching between Oxford and Cambridge.

London councils awarded £150,000 for digital projects

17/02/2021

Two local authority digital projects in London aimed at making smarter use of data have been awarded £75,000 each.

Think tank's launches levelling up Big Bang theory

15/02/2021

The Government should launch a Northern Big Bang to ‘unleash a torrent of investment into the Northern economy’ says a report from a Conservative think-tank.

Basildon and Thurrock consider merger

11/02/2021

Council leaders are drawing up a memorandum of understanding including the option of forming a South West Essex Council.

Council to trial hydrotreated vegetable oil-fuelled waste collections

11/02/2021

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s waste collections could soon be run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) following an agreement with Crown Oil to trial this environmentally friendly fuel in two of its refuse vehicles.

Council chiefs call for ‘secure’ access to data to help COVID-19 response

10/02/2021

Local authority leaders have emphasised the importance of ensuring councils have ‘regular, secure’ access to data to support their response to COVID-19.

Councillors warn standardised collections will result in waste and recycling charges

09/02/2021

Residents may be forced to carry the cost of introducing standardised waste and recycling collections in England, a survey of local councillors has warned.

Councils need funding to maintain data innovations, says report

04/02/2021

Local government needs increased investment to ensure recent data-driven innovations are maintained, a new report has argued.

Councils propose ‘super-district’

02/02/2021

Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick DCs have revealed proposals to merge by 2024.

Government's EV charging plans 'won't be enough', report argues

02/02/2021

The UK needs to install public electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints five times faster than the current rate at an estimated cost of between £5bn and £10bn by 2030, a think tank has said.

Proposal for stronger local government Prudential Code

02/02/2021

Proposals to strengthen the Prudential Code and prevent local authorities from borrowing to generate yield have been put forward by CIPFA.

Councils urged to create local design code under new rules

01/02/2021

Councils will be required to create their own local design code to ensure all new housing developments meet local standards of quality and design.

West Yorkshire’s devolution deal signed into law

01/02/2021

The £38m ‘historic’ devolution deal for West Yorkshire has been signed into law.

Scottish council launches world’s first hydrogen double-decker buses

29/01/2021

Aberdeen has claimed a world first after a fleet of double-decker hydrogen buses officially launched into service.

Welsh council to trial touchless technology at pedestrian crossings

27/01/2021

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will be trialling touchless technology at six busy pedestrian crossings in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Lack of data affecting decision on local energy projects, councils warn

26/01/2021

The majority of councils are struggling to access the data they need to make informed decisions around local energy projects, a new survey has revealed.

New strategy 'a golden opportunity' to tackle child sexual abuse

22/01/2021

A new strategy to protect children from all forms of child sexual abuse has been published by the Government today.

Report sets out need for new digital operating model

21/01/2021

Local and regional authorities should be given greater power and support to help the Government hit connectivity targets, a report has argued today.

Government urged to adopt UPRN for residential properties

21/01/2021

The Government has been urged to adopt the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) across the housing market to reduce fraud and protect tenants from rogue landlords.

UK cities and towns hardest hit by COVID-19 likely to recover fastest, report finds

20/01/2021

The cities worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic are likely to make the fastest economic recovery, new analysis has revealed today.

Council uses satellite-powered app to spot loneliness

19/01/2021

Leeds City Council has become the first to adopt a satellite-enabled app to tackle social isolation and loneliness in urban areas.

Campaigners call on councils to help reduce car use

19/01/2021

Environmental campaigners have called on local authorities to cancel spending on road building and to redirect funds to boost public transport and active travel.

Coalition publishes new vision for planning reforms

15/01/2021

The Government has been urged to rethink its ‘damaging’ reforms to the planning system and put people, climate and nature at its heart by a coalition of 18 organisations.

Auditors call for more collaboration to drive digital transformation

14/01/2021

Auditors have called for greater collaboration between Scottish local authorities when it comes to the use of digital technology.

Councils urged to end outsourcing of leisure facilities

13/01/2021

A trade union has called on councils to take back control of leisure facilities after estimating leisure services giant Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) has cut 2,000 staff on zero hours contracts since the start of the pandemic.

New proposals to fix Britain's 'fraying social fabric'

12/01/2021

Every local area should be represented by a parish or town council in order to rebuild ‘fraying’ communities after the pandemic, a think tank has argued today.

Spending watchdog highlights 'litany of failures' on superfast broadband

08/01/2021

A 'litany’ of failures by the Government will leave rural homes and businesses without superfast broadband, MPs have warned today.

Coventry and Oxford prepare to run UK’s first all-electric bus services

07/01/2021

Coventry and Oxford are set to receive up to £50m to help them become the first parts of the UK to run all-electric bus services, the transport secretary has announced.

Property searches face delays from underfunded councils

05/01/2021

The trade body representing property search organisations has written to the communities secretary urging him to provide councils with more funding to speed up the provision of searches to homebuyers.

Good luck Liverpool image

Good luck Liverpool

Intervention can be the best thing that happens to a council, ‘and can serve only to define the past not the future’, says Jo Miller. But the cause of the failure must be recognised and the right series of actions taken, she believes.
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