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Oxford’s workforce issues a ‘significant risk’

10/04/2024

High staff turnover and difficulty recruiting at Oxford City Council could affect staff morale, wellbeing and absence and ultimately impact service delivery, a report has found.

Dorset Council sets up recruitment firm

10/04/2024

Dorset Council has launched a recruitment company to help fill temporary roles.

Campaigners publish council ‘rich list’

09/04/2024

Campaign group TaxPayers’ Alliance has published its annual ‘town hall rich list’ today as it continues to raise the issue of public sector pay.

Lib Dems pledge to scrap business rates

09/04/2024

The Liberal Democrats would deliver tax reforms to ‘revive struggling high streets’, leader Ed Davey will announce today.

Making England smoke-free could redirect £11bn to local economies

09/04/2024

A new study has found that if everyone in England stopped smoking, £10.9bn could be redirected to local economies each year.

Green Liverpool projects win European funding

08/04/2024

Greening projects designed to complement new active travel routes in Liverpool will be funded by a European climate grant worth almost £80,000.

Scottish councils’ debt is one-and-a-half times funding

08/04/2024

The debt of councils in Scotland is more than one-and-a-half times the latest local government funding settlement, the Scottish Conservatives have found.

Council responds to ‘Daventry Banksie’ pothole complaints

08/04/2024

West Northamptonshire Council has responded to an anti-pothole protester with a computer-generated image of a roadside sign laden with song titles.

Brum consults on £2.3m library cuts

05/04/2024

Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council has launched a consultation on how it will cut £2.3m from its library budget.

Khan pledges to build 6,000 ‘rent control’ homes

05/04/2024

London mayor Sadiq Khan will today commit to building homes with capped rents as part of his bid for re-election next month.

Union criticises Government’s ‘shameful’ SEND support

04/04/2024

Teachers and support staff are ‘losing faith’ in the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) system due to inadequate resources, a union has warned.

Stop treating transport as a culture war, Government told

03/04/2024

The Prime Minister’s rhetoric ‘fabricating’ a war on motorists has been ‘incredibly unhelpful’ and does not reflect public opinion, according to a think-tank.

Sunderland considers minimum alcohol price

03/04/2024

Sunderland City Council is set to launch a consultation on introducing a local minimum unit price for alcohol.

Council charges for ‘fast-track’ planning service

03/04/2024

Residents in Epsom and Ewell can pay to have planning applications decided faster as part of a new council service.

Social workers’ concerns not addressed, union warns

02/04/2024

Welfare concerns raised by social workers are not being dealt with, putting vulnerable people at risk, a union has warned.

Crooked House owners appeal against rebuild order

28/03/2024

The owners of ‘Britain’s wonkiest inn’ have lodged an appeal against an order to rebuild the popular lopsided pub.

New Kirklees mayor to make history

28/03/2024

Kirklees’ 50th mayor will be the first woman of colour and first Muslim woman to hold the role.

Hull and East Riding finalise devolution proposal

28/03/2024

A devolution proposal for a Hull and East Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority is set to be submitted to the levelling up department.

Young homeless people feel ‘ignored’ by councils

27/03/2024

Young people experiencing homelessness feel ‘dismissed and ignored’ when they approach local authorities for help, research has found.

Mental illness costs England £300bn a year

27/03/2024

The cost of mental ill health in England was £300bn in 2022, according to new research.

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