Transformation

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.

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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.

West Midlands Combined Authority wins £51m to transform brownfield sites

21/12/2020

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has won £51m to transform derelict industrial sites into new communities.

Seven councils awarded digital connectivity funding

21/12/2020

Seven councils are set to receive funding from the Local Government Association (LGA) as part of a programme to help boost digital connectivity.

The winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards

18/12/2020

To end the year on a positive note, we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards.

New measures to tackle ‘serious failures’ at Nottingham City Council

18/12/2020

An expert panel to help Nottingham City Council improve its ‘appalling financial and management issues’ has been set up by the Government.

Data sharing framework launched to encourage use of London car clubs

17/12/2020

A new data sharing framework between London boroughs and car club operators has been launched to help accelerate the use of car clubs in the capital.

Jenrick announces revised plan for housing algorithum

16/12/2020

The Government has announced a raft of new measures in an attempt to provide much-needed homes in urban areas and on brownfield sites.

Boost to local test and trace funding

11/12/2020

The increase of up to £200m per month follows criticism from the National Audit Office.

Thousands of councillors call for rethink on planning reforms

10/12/2020

Over 2,000 councillors have called on the Government to rethink its planning proposals, warning the changes will lead to an ‘unacceptable loss’ of local democracy and scrutiny.

Guide on the ‘significant role’ of community businesses launched

09/12/2020

A body representing thousands of town and parish councils has published a guide aimed at promoting the opportunities that community businesses can create locally.

Local government pension fund achieves 'gold standard' for administration

08/12/2020

The West Midlands Pension Fund has become the first local government pension scheme in England and Wales to achieve accreditation from the Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA).

Jenrick outlines fast track planning service for public buildings

04/12/2020

Councils will have a legal duty to make decisions on new schools and hospitals within 10 weeks under reforms to the planning system.

More than 100 local authorities bid to save £1bn by 2022

03/12/2020

More than 100 local authorities have joined a new initiative that aims to save £1bn by September 2022.

Mapping tool reveals heat stored in abandoned coal mines

02/12/2020

Local authorities can now for the first time access maps which reveal the extent to which heat is stored in Britain’s abandoned coal mines, the Government has announced.

Regions urged to apply to host UK's prototype fusion power plant

02/12/2020

Local communities and regions are being invited to put forward proposals to host the UK’s prototype fusion energy power plant.

Shops to open longer in run up to Christmas

01/12/2020

Retailers will be able to extend their daily opening hours from Monday to Saturday in the run up to Christmas and through January, the communities secretary has announced.

Edinburgh council can do more to ‘fulfil its potential’, auditors say

26/11/2020

The City of Edinburgh Council should do more to ‘fulfil its potential’ and improve the lives of its citizens, particularly given the additional pressures caused by COVID-19, auditors say.

Sunak to re-write Green Book to level up the North

23/11/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce plans to re-write the Green Book in the spending review this week, as part of the Government’s commitment to levelling up.

Council raises £1m for solar panels through ‘community investment’

19/11/2020

Warrington Borough Council’s first Community Municipal Investment (CMI) has reached its £1m target thanks to investments from over 500 people across the UK.

PM publishes ten point plan for 'green industrial revolution'

18/11/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has published his ten point plan for creating a 'green industrial revolution' for 250,000 new jobs.

Ministers urged to 'double down on devolution'

17/11/2020

A new study has called for the creation of 'pop up parishes' and 'people's budgets' to give communities greater control over local services and assets.

Social housing tenants get stronger voice under new reforms

17/11/2020

Social housing tenants will be able to complain more effectively under new measures published by the Government.

Research shows just over a tenth of councils have fully digitalised all citizen records

16/11/2020

Only 11% of local authorities have fully digitalised all of their citizen records, new research has revealed.

Peers call for public service reform to improve resilience

13/11/2020

Peers have warned that ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in public services must be addressed in order to withstand future crises.

London council to end outsourcing of parking enforcement

11/11/2020

Hackney Council is set to bring parking enforcement officers back in-house when its current contract ends in March 2022.

Labour calls for creation of 400,000 green jobs

10/11/2020

Labour has called on the Government to ‘build it in Britain’ and to support the creation of 400,000 new jobs with a green economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

Council housing 'revolution' would create a quarter of a million new jobs, says report

06/11/2020

A 'radical' new approach to council housing would create 250,000 jobs and end the housing crisis, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has argued.

Hollywood firm agrees deal to build Dagenham studio

04/11/2020

Barking and Dagenham Council has signed a deal with a Hollywood developer to build a film and TV production centre in Dagenham.

Surrey looks to future with £20m LED conversion

29/10/2020

Surrey County Council is to convert all of its 89,000 street lights to LEDs over the next three years at a cost of £20m.

Think tank proposes 10-point plan to reform business rates

29/10/2020

The valuation of business rates should be devolved to local government, under proposals published by the Centre for Cities.

Robotics to be deployed in battle against potholes

27/10/2020

The University of Liverpool has launched a spin out company which will drive the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics to detect potholes and road cracks.

Councils urged to appoint chief foresight officers

26/10/2020

Councils should appoint a ‘chief resilience officer’ to help respond to future crises, a report has argued.

Calls for collaboration to fill the ‘strategic planning void’

21/10/2020

Closer collaboration between councils, health bodies and businesses could ‘reinvigorate strategic planning’ a new report has argued.

Foundation urges public bodies to use ‘collective intelligence techniques’

20/10/2020

Public bodies can use collective intelligence techniques to tackle community challenges, such as healthcare and sustainability, that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study says.

Government launches £3m supported housing pilot

20/10/2020

The Government has announced that £3m will go to fund pilots in five areas aimed at improving the quality, enforcement, oversight and value for money in supported housing.

Watchdog warns 2025 target for superfast broadband will be 'challenging'

16/10/2020

Rural and remote areas have been left behind in plans to rollout superfast broadband, the public spending watchdog has warned.

Councils have 'minimal' awareness of cyber-threats, think tank warns

15/10/2020

Some councils are delaying the rollout of cyber security in order to reduce costs despite the increased risk of hacks due to the pandemic, a think tank has warned.

Council set to take housing services back in-house

15/10/2020

Kirklees Council is set to approve plans to bring the management and maintenance of its housing stock back in-house next week.

Councils offered £20,000 to improve digital connectivity

13/10/2020

Local authorities are being urged to apply for funding that can help them improve local and regional digital connectivity.

Three areas invited to submit unitary proposals

09/10/2020

The Government has today invited councils in three areas to submit proposals for the creation of unitary local authorities by April 2023.

'Hand power down to level up' report argues

09/10/2020

Power must be decentralised and rebalanced around the needs of local places if the Government’s aim if levelling up is to be met, a report has argued today.

Coastal areas call for £1bn to decarbonise the maritime sector

09/10/2020

Local coastal leaders have called on the chancellor to invest £1bn to completely decarbonise the maritime sector.

Majority of councils lack a defined data analytics strategy, survey shows

08/10/2020

Less than a third of local authorities have a defined data analytics strategy despite the majority investing in data analytics platforms, new research has revealed.

Scottish council becomes first to set an end poverty target

08/10/2020

The City of Edinburgh Council has become the first local authority to set an official end poverty date.

BCP Council leader announces ‘cabinet plus’

07/10/2020

The leader of BCP Council has announced a ‘cabinet plus’ approach to decision-making and policy development for the local authority.

Council leaders see ‘community wealth building’ as post-COVID priority

07/10/2020

Councils should focus on policies that strengthen the health, wealth and wellbeing of communities as they attempt to recover from the pandemic, report says.

Councils need 'right culture, skills and systems' for commercial strategies

06/10/2020

Councils must have the right culture, skills and systems to unlock the benefits and mitigate the risks of commercialisation, a report has concluded today.

Councils calls for COBRA-style action to tackle youth unemployment

06/10/2020

Council leaders have called for a COBRA-style response to tackle youth unemployment and save a ‘lost generation’ of young people.

New review into UK’s transport connections

05/10/2020

An independent review into transport connections across the UK has been launched by the prime minister.

Kent councils take back control of housing stock

05/10/2020

Four councils in East Kent have taken back control of housing management services.

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Mobilising the social care workforce

A continued drive towards more mobile public services is needed to help overcome social care challenges in the bleak winter months, says David McKinney.
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