Transformation

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.

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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.

Councils key to levelling up agenda, says report

02/10/2020

Local government must have adequate funding to level-up deprived English towns, according to new research.

Wirral council introduces new committee system

30/09/2020

Wirral Council has approved plans to move to a committee system of local government.

PM pledges to transform skills and training system

29/09/2020

The Prime Minister has outlined plans to transform the training and skills system to help the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

PM pledges to protect ‘additional 4%’ of UK’s land

28/09/2020

The Government has committed to protecting 30% of the UK’s land by 2030 as part of a global effort to protect nature and boost biodiversity.

Charity warns many council websites are still inaccessible

23/09/2020

Inaccessible council websites are preventing millions of disabled people from accessing vital services and information, a charity has warned.

Calls for £1.3bn fund to buy-up private housing for social rent

23/09/2020

A £1.3bn National Housing Conversion Fund would create 42,500 new affordable homes and 9,300 new jobs, according to a new report.

Councils urged to combine employment support into homelessness services

21/09/2020

Personalised support from councils could help twice as many people stay in employment, a new paper has argued.

Manchester CC launches consultation on 270 home regeneration proposal

18/09/2020

Manchester City Council has launched a consultation on a regeneration plan that will see 270 new homes built in Collyhurst.

Somerset councils vote to establish two unitary authorities

16/09/2020

District councils in Somerset have voted for a transformation plan that will see them replaced by two unitary authorities.

Coventry e-scooter trial ‘paused’ due to misuse

16/09/2020

An e-scooter trial in Coventry has been paused after reports that some users have been riding the scooters on pavements.

Supporting over 50s ‘crucial’ to building post-pandemic resilience, charity says

15/09/2020

Stronger action to support those in their 50s and 60s will be ‘crucial’ to building the UK’s resilience after the coronavirus pandemic, charity says.

Council announces ‘innovative’ nitrate neutral development scheme

14/09/2020

Havant Borough Council has become the first local authority to enable nitrate neutral regeneration and redevelopment.

Government announces £22m rural broadband investment

14/09/2020

Over £22m of funding is being invested into the Government’s broadband voucher scheme to boost broadband speeds in rural English shires and counties.

All West Yorkshire councils back devolution deal

11/09/2020

All five West Yorkshire councils and the Combined Authority have given their consent to a devolution deal for the region.

Holyrood announces £30m regeneration fund

10/09/2020

The Scottish government has announced that Scotland’s local authorities will receive £30m of new investment for regeneration and town centres.

Councils voice support for new Community Wealth Fund

10/09/2020

Calls for a Community Wealth Fund to transform the most ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods have been backed by 10 councils in England.

Digital secretary announces £2.6m data sharing project

09/09/2020

The Government today launched a National Data Strategy, which includes a new multi-million pound project to address barriers to data sharing.

Private finance can drive ‘infrastructure revolution’, says CBI

08/09/2020

Private sector investment can be a major driver of the UK’s ‘infrastructure revolution’, according to business representatives.

Review calls for new local government audit regulator

08/09/2020

A new local government audit body should be created and ministers should change the way they judge the financial stability of councils, a review of local government audit has found.  

Scottish councils release blueprint for change

07/09/2020

A local government blueprint laying out the changes required to unlock councils’ full potential has been published by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) today.

Council chiefs announce net zero innovation programme

02/09/2020

Councils and universities can apply for a new Net Zero Innovation Programme to address climate challenges at a local level, the Local Government Association (LGA) and UCL announce today.

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