Jessica Luper

Cost of academy conversion leaves councils in millions of debt

25/09/2015

Councils have been left in millions of pounds of debt from converting schools into academies, according to research conducted by the BBC.

Edinburgh approves £126m savings measures

25/09/2015

The City of Edinburgh has approved a range of measures to meet a £126m funding shortfall, and will proceed with further discussions on compulsory redundancies, despite a previous pledge not to do so.

Homelessness rises by 5% in a year

25/09/2015

Charities have hit out after new figures revealed homelessness increased by 5% between April and June compared to the same time last year.

Local authorities must embrace devolution and digital access, warns CBI boss

25/09/2015

Local authorities should take a transformational approach to delivering public services, embracing devolution and digital access, according to the chief of the CBI.

200,000 workers shortage for Northern Powerhouse plans

25/09/2015

The Government's plan for a Northern Powerhouse could be under threat due to a 200,000 worker shortage, according to new research.

11,200 new primary school classrooms needed by 2024

25/09/2015

Local authorities will need to build the equivalent of 11,200 new primary school classrooms in the next nine years to meet rising demand, new research has revealed.

Government ‘should be embarrassed’ by land disposal records, says watchdog

24/09/2015

The Government has been criticised for the way it has managed the sale of public land for new housing, in a damning report published by the public spending watchdog.

Launch of £2m fund to address 'challenges of urban living'

24/09/2015

A new Urban Living Partnership has been launched bringing together researchers, businesses and local authorities to help build successful modern cities.

Unite pledge to fight housing association privatisation

24/09/2015

Trade union Unite has pledged to fight the Government ‘tooth-and-claw’ over proposals to privatise housing associations.

Council backs plans for Newcastle-under-Lyme regeneration

24/09/2015

Newcastle Council has given its support to two major regeneration proposals which will help to transform the heart of the town.

Osborne opens £24bn 'Northern Pitchbook' in China

24/09/2015

Chancellor George Osborne has showcased a selection of £24bn worth of investment opportunities in the North of England with senior Chinese investors, joined by council representatives from all over the North of England.

One-stop finance shop opened by Sheffield Council

10/08/2015

Sheffield City Council has become the first in the country to open a one-stop-money shop to help residents avoid payday and high interest lenders.

Oldham consults on £30m budget cuts

07/08/2015

Oldham Council has launched a consultation on its proposals to save £30m during 2016/17.

Academic review reveals local council tax challenges around the world

07/08/2015

An ‘unwillingness’ to reform the council tax system has created ‘greater problems’ for today’s policy makers, according to an academic review of local government funding.

Devolution of powers to the Midlands underway

07/08/2015

Derbyshire and Nottingham met yesterday with the Government to discuss proposals to devolve more power and responsibilities to the Midlands.

Council first to launch anti-fraud app

07/08/2015

Bromley Council are ahead of the curve as the first council to introduce an app so people can report suspected fraud directly to the council.

Benefit cap moves tens of thousands back into work figures show

07/08/2015

The benefit cap is providing an incentive to work for over 25,000 people, according to official figures published by the Government.

Kent social services struggling under 'strain' of child refugee numbers

31/07/2015

Kent County Council has warned its social services are at breaking point due to a huge rise in the number of children seeking asylum.

Unite reiterates commitment to fight for pensions

31/07/2015

Trade union Unite has warned changes to pensions for social housing staff should not be used as an ‘excuse’ for bosses to provide inferior schemes.

Councils urged to extend free parking to large towns

31/07/2015

Councils have been urged to provide free parking in town centres after new research revealed nearly three quarters of motorists say that parking charges influence whether they visit a town or not.

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