Transformation

Watchdog calls for ‘fundamental change’ in Scottish councils

21/03/2019
Scottish councils need to change in order to address the growing gap between demand and resources, a local authority watchdog has warned.

Transformation News

Five areas chosen for Future Places scheme

13/03/2019

Five areas have been announced to take part in a programme to recognise and support 'high quality placemaking'.

MPs warn eight out of ten households unable to escape ‘cruel’ benefit cap

12/03/2019

More than eight out of ten households affected by the benefit cap should be exempt from the ‘cruel’ policy, MPs have said today.

Around 3,500 school places to be created for pupils with complex needs

11/03/2019

Thousands of new school places are being created for children with special needs or those facing additional challenges in mainstream education, Whitehall says

Manchester signs ‘cultural agreement’ with Danish cities

07/03/2019

Manchester has signed a 'cultural agreement' with two Danish cities with a focus on arts and health, young people and urban development and design.

Former Spice Girl raises awareness of economic abuse

06/03/2019

Spice Girl Mel B has visited Downing Street as the Government prepares to recognise economic abuse in its definition of domestic abuse for the first time.

Council makes 'significant progress' after standards issues

01/03/2019

Sandwell MBC has made ‘significant progress’ following an independent review last year.

Liverpool development set to be ‘game-changer’, mayor says

28/02/2019

A plan for up to 1,500 new homes to be built at a prime waterfront spot in Liverpool is set to go ahead.

Council to bask in glow of solar farm cash

27/02/2019

Warrington Council expects to generate an estimated operating surplus of £150m over 30 years after buying two UK solar farms.

Councils declare a ‘climate emergency’

26/02/2019

A climate emergency declaration has been made by 27 councils across the country following a campaign by the Green Party.

Councillors take final step towards creation of new Weymouth council

25/02/2019

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is one step closer towards setting up of a new town council for Weymouth.

Sutton chosen to trial 'on-demand' bus service

20/02/2019

An ‘on-demand’ bus service is set to be trialled in Sutton to help reduce the borough’s high dependency on cars.

Council chiefs insist waste reforms must be ‘fully funded’

18/02/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed plans to ‘overhaul’ the waste system, but cautioned Whitehall that any reforms need to be fully funded.

New funding to get people more involved in local issues

15/02/2019

Funding has been announced in 16 boroughs, town and cities across England to encourage more people to get involved in local issues.

Council offers additional leave to victims of abuse

14/02/2019

A Scottish Council is set to be the first in Europe to offer additional leave provision to employees who are victims of domestic abuse.

Only a week left to enter Street Design Awards 

14/02/2019

The Street Design Awards, celebrating innovation and best practice in street design schemes, have been relaunched by Local Government News magazine.

Council rolls scooters out in bid to tackle pollution

13/02/2019

Children in Leeds will soon be travelling to school on scooters instead of in cars as part of the council’s push to clean up the city’s air.

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.

Historical guildhall to undergo first ‘major restoration’ in decades

11/02/2019

York's Guildhall, one of the city’s most historically significant buildings, could be in line for its first major restoration in more than 60 years.

Brokenshire announces plans to improve integration

11/02/2019

The Government has announced new measures to help immigrants integrate with their communities.

Housing crisis forces millennials to move back in with parents

08/02/2019

Young adults are increasingly moving back in with their parents due, in part, to the the national housing shortage, research suggests.

London boroughs announce new joint digital strategy

07/02/2019

Kingston and Sutton councils have announced a new joint digital strategy that will help the boroughs become ‘better connected through technology’.

Local government outsourcing fell by more than £80m in 2018

06/02/2019

The total value of outsourcing contracts agreed by councils in 2018 fell by more than £80m in 2018, according to the Arvato UK Outsourcing Index.

Call for tourism tax review

05/02/2019

An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.

Cheshire East comes top in national library survey

01/02/2019

Cheshire East is celebrating once again taking the top spot in a national survey of library services.

Multi-million funding boost to prevent potholes

31/01/2019

The Government has announced a £23m funding boost to develop new technology that can stop potholes from forming.

Funding deal agreed to build homes on London's rooftops

31/01/2019

The Government has backed a project to build rooftop properties in London on the top of existing buildings.

Around £2bn of clean energy projects ‘stuck’ due to lack of funds

30/01/2019

A ‘temperature check’ survey has identified an estimated £2bn worth of council clean energy projects that are struggling to progress due to underfunding.

Glasgow could move council offices to regeneration areas

30/01/2019

Plans to move council offices from the city centre to key regeneration sites are being considered by Glasgow City Council.

Third district joins legal action against Bucks unitary plan

28/01/2019

A third council has announced it will be taking legal action against the proposed new unitary council for Buckinghamshire.

Whitehall makes £50,000 available for high streets

25/01/2019

Communities across the country can bid for up to £50,000 to help make local areas more attractive for business, the high streets minister has announced.

Developer announces plans to build 800 homes in Yorkshire

25/01/2019

Plans for 800 new homes in the East Riding of Yorkshire on a site as big as 50 football pitches have taken a step forward.

Holyrood urged to promote gender equality in education

25/01/2019

The Scottish government is being urged to establish a new commission to promote equality for girls and women in education.

Report sets out how to make selective licensing more effective

24/01/2019

Selective licensing schemes are helping to tackle dangerous properties but they could be more effective if the Government introduced some simple measures.

Place jobcentres next to council services, London boroughs urge

24/01/2019

Jobcentre support should be placed alongside council services to help tackle long-term unemployment and in-work poverty, London Councils have said today.

Coastal landmarks receive £1m in Whitehall funding

23/01/2019

The Government has announced £1m of funding to help restore coastal assets and landmarks to their ‘former glory’.

Nottingham sets sights on being UK’s first carbon neutral city

23/01/2019

Nottingham City Council has set itself an ambitious target of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral city by 2028.

Council investigates using ‘smart’ cars to detect potholes

22/01/2019

Oxfordshire County Council could be rolling out ‘smart’ cars to help detect potholes quickly.

Council chiefs call for more funding to tackle domestic abuse

22/01/2019

Local government leaders say they support Whitehall’s new measures aimed at tackling domestic abuse, but add that they must be fully funded.

Barking and Dagenham launches green energy company

21/01/2019

A London borough has today launched its own greener energy provider which it argues will save residents money.

Education watchdog calls time on ‘teaching to the test'

16/01/2019

Ofsted says it is moving away from its focus on performance data as the watchdog launches a consultation on proposals for changes to its inspection framework.

Police arrest 55 in connection with child sex abuse cases

15/01/2019

Police have arrested 55 men in connection with historical child sex abuse cases in West Yorkshire.

Whitehall announces £1.5m for Midlands digital map

14/01/2019

Local authorities across the Midlands will benefit from a new digital map which will identify the best investment and regeneration opportunities across the area.

York invests nearly £2m to improve air quality

10/01/2019

City of York Council plans to invest £1.6m in order to reduce the exhaust emissions from local bus services.

Councils to save £90,000 by sharing top staff

10/01/2019

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils have announced plans to share more of their top personnel in order to make efficiency savings.

Think tank calls for ‘major rethink’ of electric vehicles roll out

10/01/2019

The roll out of infrastructure for electric vehicles risks exacerbating the divide between rich and poor, creating ‘a tale of two cities’ in urban centres, a think tank has warned.

Bromley children’s services undergo ‘remarkable’ improvements

09/01/2019

Bromley council are ‘extremely proud’ after Ofsted rated their children’s services, which were ‘inadequate’ two years ago, ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ leadership.

Public back Edinburgh’s ‘tourist tax’

09/01/2019

A consultation has revealed 85% of people strongly support the introduction of a ‘tourist tax’ in Edinburgh.

Stoke-on-Trent announces £40m housing partnership

08/01/2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced it is to undertake a major £40m regeneration programme in order to deliver hundreds of affordable houses.

Commission outlines need for more than three million new social homes

08/01/2019

More than three million new social homes are needed to tackle the housing crisis over the next 20 years, according to a new report from Shelter’s independent social housing commission.

Burnham launches plan to make Greater Manchester an ‘ambitious hub’

07/01/2019

Greater Manchester’s leaders are today announcing ‘radical plans’ to deliver more affordable housing and better transport across the region.

Redefining the shape of local government image

Redefining the shape of local government

With the new authorities of East Suffolk and West Suffolk launching from next month, what final hurdles do the councils face in coming together? Neil Merrick reports.
Understanding chatbots image

Understanding chatbots

Julian Mead calls for an open and informed discussion around the use of chatbots in local government.
Highways jobs

Change Lead, Adult Social Care & Health

London Borough of Bexley
£41,205 - £48,069
We are currently seeking an experienced Change Lead to work on our Adult Social Care Services’ transformation programme. Bexleyheath, London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Bexley

Deputy Team Manager

Brent Council
£41,847 - £44,691 p.a. inc.
An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Hospital Discharge Team (HDT) for an experienced Social Worker. Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Highways Estimator

Ringway
Competitive Salary
As the Highways Estimator you will join a busy environment and become an integral part of the team. Hounslow (London Borough), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Ringway

Joint Strategic Director of Commissioning 

West Sussex County Council
circa £130,000 per annum
The post holder will be able to demonstrate an understanding and embrace the opportunity to address the health... West Sussex
Recuriter: West Sussex County Council

Head of Lifelong Services

West Sussex County Council
up to £85,000 per annum
The Head of Lifelong Services will lead and deliver a new, co-produced, integrated and whole life approach and service working with people... West Sussex
Recuriter: West Sussex County Council

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Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The December issue of Local Government News looks at the consequences a council may face if it is unable to provide statutory services, the launch of Liverpool’s housing company and how councils can best manage roles in local authority companies.

It also has a special section on green building and energy efficiency including what funding is available to enable councils to deliver heat networks and how councils can pay for ‘smart buildings’.

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