Transformation

Whitehall announces £200m ‘rural broadband' programme

20/05/2019
The Government yesterday announced that it has started to rollout gigabit-capable full fibre broadband to rural areas across the country.

Transformation News

New school inspections framework to discourage ‘teaching to the test’

14/05/2019

Teachers have welcomed Ofsted's new inspection framework which pledges to focus on curriculum, behaviour and development rather than on test results.

Whitehall announces £105m boost for Northern Ireland

14/05/2019

The Government has announced a £105m package to help boost the ‘economic potential’ of the Derry-Londonderry region.

‘Shockingly small’ number of councils embrace automation, study reveals

10/05/2019

Research dealing with the adoption of new technology in the local government sector has revealed that fewer than 5% of councils have automation or AI projects underway.

Council to launch UK's first city-wide digital currency

10/05/2019

Belfast City Council has announced plans to launch the UK's first incentive-based digital currency.

Scrap older cars and replace them with ‘mobility credits’, Welsh ministers told

09/05/2019

Welsh ministers will today hear how pollution could be tackled by scrapping older cars and replacing them with credits to use on buses, trains and daily car and bike hire.

Brokenshire moves to boost local government accountability

09/05/2019

Brokenshire moves to impose fresh conditions on ‘top slice’ cash

Councils urged to 'embrace scrutiny'

08/05/2019

Councils have been urged to ‘embrace scrutiny’ of their spending decisions in new guidance issued by the Government.

Councils should help pupils at risk of expulsion, report says

07/05/2019

Local authorities should establish forums where schools and other local services could convene to plan support for vulnerable pupils at risk of expulsion, according to a landmark review.

Councils should ‘invest to save’ by supporting local regeneration schemes

02/05/2019

Local authorities should support community-based neighbourhood regeneration approaches to help bring empty homes back into use.

Investment-based crowdfunding has ‘untapped potential’ for councils, study says

01/05/2019

Crowdfunding has ‘huge, untapped potential’ for public sector infrastructure finance, a new study has concluded.

Ofsted to retain grading system in new inspection framework

30/04/2019

Ofsted has decided to retain its current 4-point grading system when it launches its new inspection framework in September.

Voter ID plans slammed as 'undemocratic'

30/04/2019

Mandatory voter ID requirements will seriously damage democracy, the Electoral Reform Society has warned again ahead of the local elections this week.

Commission launches strategy to reduce ‘gambling harms’

26/04/2019

The commission dedicated to tackling the harmful impacts of gambling has launched a new three-year strategy designed to reduce ‘gambling harms’.

Holyrood announces ambition to cut food waste by one third

25/04/2019

The Scottish government has unveiled plans to help reduce food waste by one third by 2025.

More men needed in early years education, minister says

24/04/2019

The Government has launched a new project designed to encourage more men to work in early years education.

Think tank calls for ‘new relationship’ between employers and communities

24/04/2019

A new relationship is needed between major employers and their local communities, according to a new report.

Councils' role in asylum system to be bolstered

23/04/2019

Plans are being drawn up that will give councils more of a say in where asylum seekers are accommodated.

Council of the Year shortlist revealed

18/04/2019

Five councils are in the running to be named as Local Authority of the Year 2019, it has been revealed as The MJ publishes its awards finalists.

Sheffield City Council promotes trade with Beijing

17/04/2019

Nine businesses from Sheffield have traveled to China as part of the local authority’s efforts to strengthen trade with Beijing.

London council signs a £44.6m partnership to build new homes

17/04/2019

Croydon Council has signed up to a multi-million pound partnership with Legal & General in order to deliver over 160 new homes.

Oxfordshire councils to extend joint working arrangements

16/04/2019

Two councils are considering extending their working partnership in a move they hope will trigger a ‘broader conversation’ on local government organisation.

Over 50,000 pupils stuck in ‘zombie schools’

15/04/2019

Tens of thousands of pupils are stuck ‘in limbo’ as their academies wait to be transferred between trusts.

Labour considers automatic voter registration

12/04/2019

The Labour Party is considering adopting automatic voter registration as new policy ahead of the upcoming local elections.

Whitehall pledges to end aggressive council tax debt collection

11/04/2019

The way local authorities recover unpaid council tax is to be reviewed by the Government in a bid to protect vulnerable residents from aggressive debt collection.

Council to make highway maintenance ‘fit for the future’

10/04/2019

North Yorkshire County Council is considering using a ‘Teckal’ company in order to improve its highway maintenance services.

Virtual reality used to help people with learning disabilities vote

09/04/2019

The Northern Ireland branch of Mencap is using virtual reality to support people with learning disabilities to vote in the upcoming local elections.

Over £1m awarded to ‘innovative data projects’

09/04/2019

The winners of a competition designed to find the most innovative data projects out there will receive a share of a £1.5m fund, the Government has announced.

Somerset council signs six ‘community library partnerships’

08/04/2019

Somerset County Council signed six ‘community library partnerships’ last week in a move that will help maintain library services in the face of cuts.

ALMOs unable to replace 31% of Right to Buy sales in 2018

05/04/2019

Local authority housing companies were unable to replace 31% of properties sold under Right to Buy, a new survey has revealed.

Council invests £1m in effort to give Bristol a spring clean

04/04/2019

Bristol City Council is investing in high tech bins in an effort to tackle the city’s litter problem.

Whitehall slammed for ‘failing’ to help councils prepare for Brexit

03/04/2019

Council chiefs call for powers to be devolved from Brussels to councils post-Brexit after MPs warn of a lack of preparation for a possible exit from the EU.

Welsh government reforms council tax to make it ‘fairer’

01/04/2019

The Welsh government has introduced legislation which removes the power to imprison people for not paying their council tax.

Think tank warns against banning outsourcing

28/03/2019

A think tank has called for a review of the regulations governing outsourcing, but stressed it opposed the idea of banning the controversial practice.

Council gives plan to deliver nearly 20,000 homes the go-ahead

27/03/2019

A 20-year plan to deliver homes, jobs, transport infrastructure and community facilities for Warrington has been given the thumbs-up.

Nearly £4m made available for 'pocket parks'

26/03/2019

Over 40 derelict urban spaces across the country are to benefit from the Government’s multi-million pound pocket park fund.

South Yorkshire devolution deadlock broken

25/03/2019

The years-long devolution stalemate in south Yorkshire has finally been resolved.

Labour pledges to end outsourcing of services dealing with ‘at risk’ people

25/03/2019

The Labour Party has pledged to end the outsourcing of services that involve contact with people who are considered to be ‘at risk’.

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.

Industrial strategy not doing enough for 'everday' sectors warn MPs

19/03/2019

The government’s industrial strategy has focused on high tech businesses but should do more to support other 'everyday' sectors, MPs say.

Edinburgh tram extension gets green light

15/03/2019

Councillors in Edinburgh have voted to back the £207m extension of the city’s controversial tram network to Leith and Newhaven.

Birmingham faces 'major public health crisis’, council warns

14/03/2019

Birmingham City Council has been given the go-ahead to introduce a clean air zone to tackle what it has called a 'major public health crisis'.

Homes England to share office space with Coventry City Council

14/03/2019

The government’s housing agency is trialling shared office space with Coventry City Council as part of a move to work more closely with its regional partners.

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.

Highways jobs

Director, Governance and Improvement

City of York Council
£85-95k plus relocation package
We are looking for an exceptional individual to be appointed to the position of Director of Governance and Improvement. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Casual Cleaning Assistant

Chelmsford City Council
Grade 2 - Currently £9.00 per hour
It's exciting times at Riverside Leisure Centre with a brand-new centre opening in June 2019 and we need you to get on board and help us make this ... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Senior Team Leader

Redbridge London Borough Council
£35,992 to £38,994 per annum inclusive
Looking for individuals with initiative, evidence of experience in managing a street cleansing service and motivating... Redbridge, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Redbridge London Borough Council

Junior Service Desk Analyst

Chelmsford City Council
Full Time, 37 Hours, 12 Month Fixed Term Contract
We are seeking an enthusiastic, adaptable and proactive analyst to join our Service Desk team to provide customer focused first line IT technical s... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Part Time Receptionist

Chelmsford City Council
Grade 3 - Starting at £17,931 per annum, pro rata and rising to £19,131 per annum, pro rata
Join our friendly team welcoming our customers to the South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre. You will be flexible, self-motivated and able to deal c... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

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