Mark Whitehead

Healing the divisions through local economic power

16/05/2019

The nation is becoming increasingly divided, but a think tank report on Britain post-Brexit provides a positive vision for the future, says Mark Whitehead.

Think tank calls for creation of a British Investment Bank

15/05/2019

An investment bank should be set up to 'kick start a productivity revolution' after Brexit, according to a local government think tank.

Lack of elections in Northamptonshire: An attack on local democracy?

10/05/2019

With a suggestion that local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire may not take place now until 2021, why were there no local elections in the county last week? Mark Whitehead investigates.

The use of drones in local government

03/05/2019

Aerial unmanned vehicles – drones – have hit the headlines after reports that councils are using them to inspect dodgy building work. Mark Whitehead looks at the issues involved.

Birmingham council apologises to union over waste dispute comments

30/04/2019

Birmingham City Council has apologised to Unite the Union over comments made during the recent protracted dispute with refuse collectors.

Adult social care is ‘in crisis’, study reveals

26/04/2019

The current system of adult social care is at 'breaking point', local government leaders have warned.

Amount of unpaid council tax rises to £3bn

26/04/2019

The total amount of unpaid council tax has risen to more than £3bn, according to the latest figures.

Peers call for a rebalancing of policies ‘in favour of the young’

25/04/2019

House of Lords committee has recommended ending free TV licences for over-75s, lowering the age for free bus passes and scrapping the triple-lock on pensions.

Universal Credit ‘key driver’ behind increase in foodbank use

25/04/2019

The number of food parcels given out across the UK has gone up 73% in five years, according to a major charity.

Council to push ahead with £2m scheme to renovate ‘dilapidated’ flats

25/04/2019

Great Yarmouth council is to go ahead with a scheme to buy up dilapidated flats and bed sits and renovate them for sale or rent.

Council chiefs call for action on 'youth jobs gap'

24/04/2019

Local authority leaders have renewed calls for an integrated employment and skills service following a report highlighting a 'youth jobs gap'.

Council spending on single homeless people falls by £1bn

24/04/2019

Councils have called on the Government to provide more help to tackle homelessness, following figures showing a drop in the amount they spend dealing with it.

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.

London’s transport commissioner criticised over Crossrail debacle

23/04/2019

The chair of the committee overseeing the Crossrail project has accused London's transport commissioner of 'watering down' information sent to Sadiq Khan.

Grayling orders councils to stop 'bamboozling' pedestrians

23/04/2019

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has ordered councils to stop 'bamboozling' pedestrians by putting up road signs using metric measurements.

Homelessness charity wins £3.6m lottery grant

23/04/2019

A charity which helps people battling with homelessness, long-term unemployment and addiction is set to expand thanks to a grant from the national lottery.

Purdah and local government

18/04/2019

What is purdahh and how can those in local government avoid breaking the rules? Mark Whitehead explains.

Council elections: A testing time for party alignments

18/04/2019

Like it or not, the council elections will be dominated by an issue that has nothing to do with local government, says Mark Whitehead.

Town hall of the future: bringing together the old and new

15/04/2019

A massive project in south London has transformed a jumble of old offices into a stylish set of buildings combining the traditional and modern to impressive effect. Mark Whitehead finds out more.

Council fined for leak of its gang database

05/04/2019

The London Borough of Newham has been fined £145,000 by the data watchdog for revealing personal information on more than 200 people who were on a police database.

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Divisional Manager – Revenues, Benefits & Customer services

Chichester District Council
£51,354 to £55,167
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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)
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Residential Keyworker

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£19,156 per annum
This is an exciting time to join the school. In our recent OFSTED of the residential department. London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Commissioning Manager

Camden London Borough Council
£40,829 - £47,360 per annum
Looking for an ambitious person who can communicate well and understands how to analyse and translate qualitative and... Camden, London (Greater)
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Employability Worker

Camden London Borough Council
£30,066 - £34,538
looking for a diligent and enthusiastic Employability Worker to work as part of a multi-agency team, where you will... Camden, London (Greater)
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Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The March issue of Local Government News explores alternative funding channels that are available to councils beyond the Public Works Loan Board, what hurdles merging councils face in coming together, and how local government is handling GDPR.

This issue also has a special highways and street lighting section exploring how councils can use lighting to embark on their smart city journey and using IoT technology to weather the storm.

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