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Retrofitting risks ‘dangerous divide’

18/10/2021

Councils should have a role to play in avoiding widening regional inequalities when retrofitting housing, according to a new report today.

Bexley withdraws capitalisation request

13/10/2021

The council said ‘sound financial planning’ meant it would not need the extra funds to balance its books.

More unions announce strike ballots

06/10/2021

Two more trade unions have moved a step closer to industrial action after members rejected the latest pay offer.

Government advisers press for funding overhaul

22/09/2021

The body charged with advising ministers on infrastructure has said competitive funding pots should be replaced.

Commission calls for shift of focus in levelling up

20/09/2021

The Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking has concluded investment should be made in local neighbourhoods rather than grand infrastructure projects.

Plymouth named council of the year at MJ Achievement Awards

17/09/2021

Plymouth City Council pipped fellow contenders to be named Local Authority of the Year at The MJ Achievement Awards.

Directors warn people are waiting longer for care

08/09/2021

Directors of adult care services have faced a spike in demand over the summer months, according to new figures published today.

‘No evidence’ integration improves healthcare

03/09/2021

New analysis of health and care integration pilots has questioned the benefits they bring about.

Scottish union to hold nationwide strike ballot

24/08/2021

Councils in Scotland have been put on notice as Unison ballots members over industrial action.

Report attacks councils’ ‘shameful’ undermining of Right to Build laws

23/08/2021

Some authorities have been ‘subverting’ legislation designed to encourage self-built homes, an independent report has found.

Calls for more funding as child abuse increases

20/08/2021

Incidents involving death or serious harm to a child have risen in the past year, leading to calls for further funding.

‘Shameless’ COVID fraudsters targeted 41 councils

11/08/2021

The actions of two companies that attempted to defraud dozens of councils out of COVID grants have been labelled ‘despicable’.

Tax ‘loophole’ costs councils £110m

09/08/2021

New research suggests business rates relief for holiday lets is currently worth £110m a year.

Strike action at Ealing ends

05/08/2021

There will be no return to the picket lines after an agreement has been reached between the Unite trade union and outsourcer Serco.

Brighton & Hove raises concerns over support for asylum-seeking children

30/07/2021

The council said they had less than 24 hours’ notice before the Home Office placed a number of children in a hotel in the city.

District cancels 700 court summonses

28/07/2021

Harborough DC has apologised to residents after issuing hundreds of court summonses for unpaid council tax in error.

Reserves used to meet ‘avalanche of need’

14/07/2021

A third of councils have resorted to using reserves to meet adult social care overspends, an extensive survey has found.

Right to Buy-back fund launched

13/07/2021

London boroughs are to receive funding to purchase former council homes on the private market.

Levelling up funds risk 'amplifying regional inequalities'

01/07/2021

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is critical of the current approach of bidding for pots of money.

Eight councils to undergo independent financial reviews

01/07/2021

Eight councils granted ‘exceptional support’ from the Government are to undergo independent reviews of their finances.

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