Transformation

Greater Manchester aims to be carbon-neutral by 2038

14/06/2019
Plans by Greater Manchester to become the UK’s 'leading green and digital city-region' have won backing from the Government in its new Local Industrial Strategy.

Transformation News

Projects to develop new highways tech are launched

31/05/2019

A £22.9m programme has been launched with eight local authorities to develop new ways of building roads.

Three-quarters of councils move to insource services

31/05/2019

Local authorities are rejecting the outsourcing of services in favour of delivering services in-house, a not-for-profit local government body has found.

Companies House reforms to make detection of criminal behaviour ‘easier’

30/05/2019

The Government has launched a consultation on proposals it says will bring about the ‘biggest changes’ to Companies House in nearly two centuries.

Age of the parking machine ‘could be coming to an end’, says minister

30/05/2019

The UK is 'on verge of revolution to make parking easier', according to a government announcement.

Yorkshire purchasing authority signs deal with Amazon

29/05/2019

The YPO has signed a deal with Amazon Business to supply goods and services to public sector bodies including local authorities.

Ed Sheeran calls for public funding of 'aspiring artists'

29/05/2019

Chart-topping singer songwriter Ed Sheeran has joined industry leaders to warn that home-grown artistic talent could disappear without public funding.

City of London plans UK’s first 15mph speed limit

28/05/2019

The Square Mile in London is set to become the UK’s first area with a 15mph speed limit.

Buckinghamshire unitary authority deal concluded

24/05/2019

The Government has passed the final piece of legislation required for the formation of a new unitary authority in Buckinghamshire.

Unitary council to adopt committee system of governance

24/05/2019

Cheshire East Council is set to scrap its current system of decision making and adopt a committee system from 2020.

Top panel formed to study local impact of Social Value Act

23/05/2019

Localis has launched a research project asking if the Government is providing social, economic and environmental benefits through public procurement.

Fire safety in high-rise buildings to be reformed in Wales

21/05/2019

The Welsh Government has announced it will reform the system regulating fire safety in high-rise buildings.

£3m fund launched to support integration

20/05/2019

The Government today announced 16 projects which will receive £3m of funding to support ‘innovative’ approaches to integration.

Whitehall announces £200m ‘rural broadband' programme

20/05/2019

The Government yesterday announced that it has started to rollout gigabit-capable full fibre broadband to rural areas across the country.

Hackney publishes guide to banning traffic outside schools

17/05/2019

Hackney Council has launched a new toolkit designed to help local authorities ban traffic outside of schools at opening and closing times.

Councils sell more than 200 sites to community led housing groups

16/05/2019

A third of councils in England are supporting community led housing development in a bid to tackle the housing shortage, new research has revealed.

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.

Councils ‘unprepared’ for 5G roll out

14/05/2019

Mobile network operators have urged local authorities to do more to support the roll out of 5G as report finds fewer than a third of local plans make reference to mobile connectivity.

New school inspections framework to discourage ‘teaching to the test’

14/05/2019

Teachers have welcomed Ofsted's new inspection framework which pledges to focus on curriculum, behaviour and development rather than on test results.

Whitehall announces £105m boost for Northern Ireland

14/05/2019

The Government has announced a £105m package to help boost the ‘economic potential’ of the Derry-Londonderry region.

‘Shockingly small’ number of councils embrace automation, study reveals

10/05/2019

Research dealing with the adoption of new technology in the local government sector has revealed that fewer than 5% of councils have automation or AI projects underway.

Council to launch UK's first city-wide digital currency

10/05/2019

Belfast City Council has announced plans to launch the UK's first incentive-based digital currency.

Scrap older cars and replace them with ‘mobility credits’, Welsh ministers told

09/05/2019

Welsh ministers will today hear how pollution could be tackled by scrapping older cars and replacing them with credits to use on buses, trains and daily car and bike hire.

Brokenshire moves to boost local government accountability

09/05/2019

Brokenshire moves to impose fresh conditions on ‘top slice’ cash

Councils urged to 'embrace scrutiny'

08/05/2019

Councils have been urged to ‘embrace scrutiny’ of their spending decisions in new guidance issued by the Government.

Councils should help pupils at risk of expulsion, report says

07/05/2019

Local authorities should establish forums where schools and other local services could convene to plan support for vulnerable pupils at risk of expulsion, according to a landmark review.

Councils should ‘invest to save’ by supporting local regeneration schemes

02/05/2019

Local authorities should support community-based neighbourhood regeneration approaches to help bring empty homes back into use.

Investment-based crowdfunding has ‘untapped potential’ for councils, study says

01/05/2019

Crowdfunding has ‘huge, untapped potential’ for public sector infrastructure finance, a new study has concluded.

Ofsted to retain grading system in new inspection framework

30/04/2019

Ofsted has decided to retain its current 4-point grading system when it launches its new inspection framework in September.

Voter ID plans slammed as 'undemocratic'

30/04/2019

Mandatory voter ID requirements will seriously damage democracy, the Electoral Reform Society has warned again ahead of the local elections this week.

Commission launches strategy to reduce ‘gambling harms’

26/04/2019

The commission dedicated to tackling the harmful impacts of gambling has launched a new three-year strategy designed to reduce ‘gambling harms’.

Holyrood announces ambition to cut food waste by one third

25/04/2019

The Scottish government has unveiled plans to help reduce food waste by one third by 2025.

More men needed in early years education, minister says

24/04/2019

The Government has launched a new project designed to encourage more men to work in early years education.

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.

Councils' role in asylum system to be bolstered

23/04/2019

Plans are being drawn up that will give councils more of a say in where asylum seekers are accommodated.

Council of the Year shortlist revealed

18/04/2019

Five councils are in the running to be named as Local Authority of the Year 2019, it has been revealed as The MJ publishes its awards finalists.

Sheffield City Council promotes trade with Beijing

17/04/2019

Nine businesses from Sheffield have traveled to China as part of the local authority’s efforts to strengthen trade with Beijing.

London council signs a £44.6m partnership to build new homes

17/04/2019

Croydon Council has signed up to a multi-million pound partnership with Legal & General in order to deliver over 160 new homes.

Oxfordshire councils to extend joint working arrangements

16/04/2019

Two councils are considering extending their working partnership in a move they hope will trigger a ‘broader conversation’ on local government organisation.

Over 50,000 pupils stuck in ‘zombie schools’

15/04/2019

Tens of thousands of pupils are stuck ‘in limbo’ as their academies wait to be transferred between trusts.

Labour considers automatic voter registration

12/04/2019

The Labour Party is considering adopting automatic voter registration as new policy ahead of the upcoming local elections.

Whitehall pledges to end aggressive council tax debt collection

11/04/2019

The way local authorities recover unpaid council tax is to be reviewed by the Government in a bid to protect vulnerable residents from aggressive debt collection.

Council to make highway maintenance ‘fit for the future’

10/04/2019

North Yorkshire County Council is considering using a ‘Teckal’ company in order to improve its highway maintenance services.

Virtual reality used to help people with learning disabilities vote

09/04/2019

The Northern Ireland branch of Mencap is using virtual reality to support people with learning disabilities to vote in the upcoming local elections.

Over £1m awarded to ‘innovative data projects’

09/04/2019

The winners of a competition designed to find the most innovative data projects out there will receive a share of a £1.5m fund, the Government has announced.

Somerset council signs six ‘community library partnerships’

08/04/2019

Somerset County Council signed six ‘community library partnerships’ last week in a move that will help maintain library services in the face of cuts.

ALMOs unable to replace 31% of Right to Buy sales in 2018

05/04/2019

Local authority housing companies were unable to replace 31% of properties sold under Right to Buy, a new survey has revealed.

Council invests £1m in effort to give Bristol a spring clean

04/04/2019

Bristol City Council is investing in high tech bins in an effort to tackle the city’s litter problem.

Whitehall slammed for ‘failing’ to help councils prepare for Brexit

03/04/2019

Council chiefs call for powers to be devolved from Brussels to councils post-Brexit after MPs warn of a lack of preparation for a possible exit from the EU.

Welsh government reforms council tax to make it ‘fairer’

01/04/2019

The Welsh government has introduced legislation which removes the power to imprison people for not paying their council tax.

Think tank warns against banning outsourcing

28/03/2019

A think tank has called for a review of the regulations governing outsourcing, but stressed it opposed the idea of banning the controversial practice.

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North Yorkshire County Council
£57,933 to £68,850
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£51,450 - £54,597 p.a. inc.
Excellent social work service that enables our children and young people to fulfil their potential and achieve positive outcomes. Wembley, London (Greater)
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£31,548 - £41,706 p.a. inc.
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£8,042 per annum
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