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Third council in biometrics warning


A third council has warned it faces potential fallout from new entry checks at UK borders earmarked for October.

Homes England urged to strengthen relations with local government


An independent review of Homes England has urged officials to 'build closer relationships' with councils.

Council chiefs receive cyber espionage warnings


Council chiefs have been warned their email accounts, phones and computers will ‘almost certainly’ be targets for ‘cyber espionage’ before elections.

'Business as usual' for Lancashire councillors despite resignations


Councillors in Lancashire have insisted it will be ‘business as usual’ despite 20 resignations in protest at the leadership of the national Labour party.

Auditors concerned by slow transformation


Scotland’s Accounts Commission is ‘extremely concerned’ by slow transformation at Moray Council, which faces a £31m deficit despite years of warnings.

Proposed law could ease housing emergencies


Scottish councils may be required to assess the condition of private rented accommodation under a proposed law.

Elections on cyber alert


Ministers have warned this year’s local and national elections are 'not business as usual’ – as councils prepare to tackle threats to voting security.

Ministers stand firm on tax bands


MPs told there are ‘no plans’ to revalue council tax bands due to the cost and disproportionate impact on lower-income households and pensioners.

Aslyum centre site could host prison


Braintree DC has warned it faces intervention from a second Government department when the Home Office ends its use of a former airfield as an asylum centre.

Hopes for regen scheme revived after Home Office scales back asylum plan


A £300m council-led regeneration scheme threatened when Whitehall commandeered the site for asylum accommodation could now go ahead.

Officer-councillor tensions affecting outcomes, review finds


Tensions between Teignbridge DC’s executive and senior leadership team are ‘inhibiting progress and damaging the council’s reputation,’ review warns.

LGA warning over XL Bully dogs ban


Councils face a double whammy of soaring costs and declining police support as they try to enforce a ban on XL Bully dogs.

Limited exemptions for empty homes powers


Councils will face only a limited number of exemptions from new powers allowing them to levy higher taxes on empty homes, ministers have confirmed.

Right to Buy lobbying fails as temporary boost ended


The Treasury has confirmed councils will no longer keep 100% of Right to Buy (RTB) receipts after the current financial year despite lobbying by the sector.

Craig's call for asylum change


Manchester City Council’s leader has urged Whitehall to implement ‘simple changes’ to asylum policy to ease huge pressures on major urban centres.

'Culture of mistrust' found at Newham


Newham LBC’s chief executive has vowed to tackle the ‘culture of mistrust’ among politicians and officers laid bare by a critical peer review.

Home Office 'chaos' leaves thousands of illegal arrivals in 'perma-backlog'


The Government’s struggling asylum policy has heaped significant demand on cities’ housing services, experts have warned.

Regulator calls for 'substantial' planning intervention


The planning system requires ‘substantial intervention’ by the Government to ensure consistent delivery of new homes, a major study has concluded.

Thurrock boosted by £500m after sale


Thurrock Council has received £510m in payments following the sale of Toucan Energy Holdings – the firm that triggered a section 114 notice when it collapsed.

Chiefs: Sector can afford senior pay hike


Council chiefs have insisted their pay settlement must match the award for local government staff after years in which senior wage rises have fallen behind.

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