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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.

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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.

DCN: Bigger local government is ‘not better or cheaper’

01/09/2020

Proposals for county unitary councils would be 122 times larger than the average council in Germany, a new report by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) warns today.

Countywide unitaries ‘could save £3bn’

27/08/2020

Replacing two-tier counties with one unitary authority could deliver almost £3bn savings over five years, according to research published by the County Councils Network (CCN) today.

Council chiefs urge courier services to swap vans for cargo bikes

27/08/2020

Delivery companies should switch to cargo bike schemes where possible to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and reduce congestion, council leaders say.

Ministers urge councils to help ‘boost’ digital connectivity

27/08/2020

Government ministers have today written to local authorities setting out how they can help boost gigabit broadband rollout and 5G mobile coverage.

Three districts table Gloucestershire devolution proposals

27/08/2020

Three of Gloucestershire’s district councils have proposed creating two unitary authorities in the county.

‘Some way to go’ to ensure ex-service personnel have access to housing, trust says

25/08/2020

Trust dedicated to ensuring ex-service personnel can re-enter society has published proposals aimed at providing service leavers with affordable housing.

New guide to help councils tackle climate change published

21/08/2020

Local authorities across the country will now be able to get more support in the fight against the climate crisis thanks to the publication of a new guide.

MPs call for evidence to support ‘suburban renaissance’

18/08/2020

The cross-party Suburban Taskforce has today launched a public ‘Call for Evidence’ to help chart a course towards what it describes as a ‘suburban renaissance’ across the country.

Five local authorities chosen to set up nature recovery pilots

14/08/2020

Five local authorities in England will test how the recovery of England’s landscapes and wildlife can be driven locally.

Combined authority first governmental body to join alliance

13/08/2020

Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced that Liverpool City Region combined authority is the first governmental body in the world to join the wellbeing economy alliance.

Northern leaders announce £5bn infrastructure plans

12/08/2020

Business and civic leaders across the North have called on the Government to back plans for a £5bn pipeline of infrastructure projects which they say could create up to 20,000 jobs.

Applications for the Design in the Public Sector programme now open

11/08/2020

Local authorities in England are now able to apply to take part in the Local Government Association’s (LGA) climate change-themed Design in the Public Sector programme.

Funding boost for neighbourhood planning groups

10/08/2020

Grants to neighbourhood planning groups in urban and deprived areas has nearly doubled, the Government has announced.

Public back investment for ‘15-minute’ communities

07/08/2020

There is a growing trend to create '15-minute communities' through investment in public health, green infrastructure and town centres, a new survey has revealed.

Council chiefs call on Government to help local creative industries

05/08/2020

New guidance has been published to help over-stretched councils support their local creative industries recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Call to scrap two-tier local government system in rural areas

04/08/2020

The ‘confusing' two-tier model of local government should be abolished and replaced with single unitary councils, a report has argued today.

Ministers to receive Somerset unitary business case

31/07/2020

A business case for a single Somerset unitary has been sent to communities secretary Robert Jenrick and local government minister Simon Clarke.

Councils urged to 'raise their game' to tackle fraud

30/07/2020

Welsh councils have been urged to 'raise their game' when it come to tackling fraud by the Auditor General for Wales.

NLGN report offers four ways for mobilising mutual aid

30/07/2020

Four strategies for rapidly mobilising local mutual aid groups to ensure the most vulnerable have what they need to get through the pandemic are outlined in a new report from the NLGN.

Lancashire CC sets out plans for new combined authority

29/07/2020

Lancashire CC has put forward proposals for a new combined authority and an elected mayor for the county.

Minister unveils grants to fast track digital innovation

27/07/2020

The Government has announced a series of grants to councils in a bid to capitalise on fast-track digital programmes introduced during the pandemic.

Reorganisation will deter potential councillors, report warns

24/07/2020

Local government unitary reorganisation will slash the number of councillors and deter many from standing for election, a report for the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned.

North East councils team up for £2.1bn energy and waste project

24/07/2020

Seven councils across the North East have joined forces on a £2.1bn energy and waste project.

Norwich to bring services back in-house

23/07/2020

Norwich City Council has opted to set up a wholly-owned company when it brings its services back in-house from next year.

Turn high street shops into new homes, urges report

22/07/2020

The Government should stop trying to slow the ‘inevitable’ decline of the high street and instead embrace new ways of saving urban centres, a new paper has argued.

Hancock announces plans to share more data

20/07/2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced plans to share more data with local government in a bid to help track and trace COVID-19 cases more effectively.

Thousands of new school spaces for SEND children

20/07/2020

New special free schools will provide over 3,000 extra places for pupils with the most complex needs.

Launch of sustainable development guide for councils

17/07/2020

A new guide to help councils engage with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been launched.

Call to 'supercharge' early years services

17/07/2020

Early years services are failing to target the children that most need support, a report has warned today.

Better response to pandemic from European councils, says think-tank

16/07/2020

Local government across Europe has been able to react to the coronavirus crisis with greater power and autonomy than in the UK, a report published today has found.

Prospect of local economic recovery 'weak' warn LEPs

15/07/2020

The majority of local leaders warn the prospect of economic recovery is poor over the next six months.

Space-enabled technologies to aid coronavirus support

10/07/2020

Space data will soon help local authorities to identify ‘hidden’ vulnerable people under new plans announced today.

Council to bring housing management back in-house

10/07/2020

Islington Council is set to bring the management of homes back in-house once its current Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract comes to an end.

Council peer reviews go virtual

09/07/2020

Peer support for councils is going virtual to help them deal with recovery and renewal as they emerge from the coronavirus lockdown.

Seize the transport moment, says new report

07/07/2020

Campaigners have called on ministers to accelerate the shift to sustainable transport by introducing new charges for drivers and improving public transport, walking and cycling.

Think tank calls for sweeping reforms to local taxes

06/07/2020

A group of former Treasury special advisers have called for revaluation of the council tax and reform of  business rates to boost the economy post-COVID-19.

Mayor announces UK's first trial of e-scooters

03/07/2020

The first UK trial of e-scooters is due to take place in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool, Tees Valley Mayor has announced.

Construction spend must deliver social value, argues report

30/06/2020

Construction spend must deliver more ‘tangible social impact’ to support disadvantaged communities post-Covid, according to a new report.

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