Transformation

Northants gives green light to 17 community-run libraries

23/08/2019
Northamptonshire County Council has approved the business cases of 17 community-run libraries as part of a plan to safeguard the future of the authority’s library service.

Transformation News

New partnership to help Welsh councils build affordable housing

16/08/2019

The Welsh government has partnered with a membership body for housing professionals in an effort to help councils build more affordable housing in Wales.

Glasgow council launches car-free zones around schools

16/08/2019

Glasgow City Council is trialling car free zones to improve road safety and reduce harmful emissions outside of six of the city’s primary schools.

Council proposes £120m scheme to upgrade Liverpool’s ‘flawed’ junction

15/08/2019

Liverpool City Council has submitted proposals to the Government outlining its plans to radically redesign one of the city’s major junctions as part of a wider bid to boost transport in the North.

Welsh council trials ‘less expensive’ pothole repair method

14/08/2019

A trial of a new plastic-based substance to help councils fix potholes has found that it could be faster, cleaner and less expensive.

Think tank calls for fuel duty rise to tackle pollution

12/08/2019

A think tank has called for tough action to tackle air pollution, particularly from road transport, including higher fuel prices and a default 20mph urban speed limit.

Watchdog warns millions of people at risk of mobile signal ‘blackouts’

09/08/2019

Eight in ten areas in the UK suffer from patchy 4G mobile coverage, new research from Which? has revealed.

Government welcomes plans to create West Midlands national park

08/08/2019

Whitehall has welcomed proposals to create a new West Midlands urban national park that would span more than seven cities and open up hundreds of miles of green space.

Northants to cut out-of-area placements with £151k children’s home

07/08/2019

Northamptonshire County Council has decided to open up a new children’s home in a bid to reduce the number of children being placed outside of the county.

Combined authority launches West Yorkshire’s ‘largest’ electric vehicle charging network

05/08/2019

The first of 88 chargepoints will go live this week in what is set to be West Yorkshire’s largest electric vehicle rapid-charging network.

Brentwood Council signs £1bn joint venture

02/08/2019

A £1bn joint venture to deliver new homes, public spaces and local facilities has been agreed between Brentwood Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments.

Birmingham CC and Capita ‘dissolve’ long-standing partnership

02/08/2019

Birmingham City Council has announced that its 13 year joint venture with Capita has been ‘largely ended’, reportedly saving taxpayers £44m.

Free-trade zones to ‘turbocharge’ investment, Whitehall claims

02/08/2019

The Government has invited ports and airports across the UK to bid to become one of 10 new free trade areas in a move it argues will boost post-Brexit trade.

Council charity to run Hertfordshire's libraries

02/08/2019

Hertfordshire County Council is set to save £500,000 in business rates by transferring its libraries to a charity it set up for the purpose.

Over half of councils declare ‘climate emergency’

31/07/2019

More than half of UK councils have committed to reducing carbon emissions by declaring a 'climate emergency'.

Liverpool submits £230m ‘Green City Deal’

30/07/2019

The mayor of Liverpool has submitted a proposal to the new prime minister for a £230m Green City Deal to tackle climate change and boost the economy.

Nottingham Council to supply its own water

26/07/2019

Nottingham City Council is set to become the first council to run its own water services in-house, saving an estimated £64,000 a year.

London boroughs eye £750 workplace parking charge

25/07/2019

Several London boroughs are considering introducing workplace parking levies (WPLs) of at least £750 a year to cut pollution and encourage active travel.

Brokenshire tells house builders to ‘protect wildlife’

22/07/2019

The communities secretary James Brokenshire has published new guidance to help developers do more to protect wildlife.

Labour pledges to end outsourced council services

22/07/2019

The biggest local government union has welcomed plans by the Labour Party to reverse the outsourcing of council services.

Campaigners call for new definition of 'affordable' housing

19/07/2019

Many families living in the countryside could have their rents cut in half if the definition of 'affordable' housing were changed, according to campaigners.

ICO launches consultation on its updated data sharing code of practice

18/07/2019

The Information Commissioner’s Office is asking organisations to have their say on its updated data sharing code of practice.

Councils urged to bid for housing advisory scheme

18/07/2019

A programme offering expert advice on how local authorities can best tackle housing shortages in their areas has been launched for the third year in a row.

Councils need ‘greater flexibility’ to develop waste strategies, MPs say

17/07/2019

Local authorities must be given the freedom to develop recycling strategies tailored to the needs of their communities, MPs have said.

Councils work together to fight fly-tippers

16/07/2019

Cambridge and Peterborough councils are joining forces to crack down on the scourge of fly-tipping.

Government announces £28m to ‘ease pressure' of migration

15/07/2019

Councils across England are to receive £28m to help ease the pressures on services resulting from recent migration, the Government announced over the weekend.

Council welcomes £65m Growth Deal

12/07/2019

Moray Council has said that its area’s economy is ‘set to be transformed’ by a £65m Growth Deal, announced yesterday by the UK and Scottish governments.

Grimsby receives £4m Town Deal boost

12/07/2019

The Government yesterday announced that Grimsby would receive £4m of investment to support the town’s ‘unprecedented’ regeneration strategy.

Online tool to calculate health impact of trees published

11/07/2019

A new online tool which can help councils calculate how much pollution would be removed by planting trees in local areas has been launched.

Birmingham CC to pilot ‘car free’ areas outside schools

10/07/2019

A scheme to ban vehicles from roads near schools at the start and end of the day is to be tried in Birmingham from September.

Say ‘no to ugliness’, commission tells planners

10/07/2019

Councils should 'say no to ugliness' in their planning decisions, according to a report commissioned by the Government.

Whitehall announces nearly £40m electric chargepoint investment

09/07/2019

The Government has announced it is investing £37m to transform electric chargepoint infrastructure.

Around 50 towns to benefit from multi-million pound high street fund

08/07/2019

The Government has announced the second phase of a multi-million pound fund designed to ‘transform’ high streets across the country.

Cardiff to invest £1bn in new transport system

05/07/2019

Cardiff Council has announced a £1bn plan to overhaul the Welsh capital’s transport system to prevent it from ‘grinding to a halt’.

Chesterfield Borough Council makes LEP membership decision

04/07/2019

Chesterfield Borough Council has decided which Local Enterprise Partnership it will stay a member of following the government's insistence all councils must not belong to more than one.

Think tank calls for creation of ‘investment state’

03/07/2019

A think tank has called for an end to austerity and the creation of an ‘investment state’ to help boost economic growth.

Alliance calls for voting reforms to fix 'failing' system

03/07/2019

Political parties and civil society groups have signed the Good Systems Agreement calling for reforms to the UK's voting system.

Brokenshire calls for 'new deal for local government'

02/07/2019

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has called on the next Prime Minister to publish a Green Paper on a new deal between local and central government. 

Minister announces £100,000 to boost town centres

02/07/2019

High Streets Minister Jake Berry has announced the latest round of funding to make shopping centres more attractive to business.

Leader of ‘fractious’ council seeks government help

28/06/2019

The leader of Merthyr Tydfil Council has asked the Welsh Government for help to overcome its ‘fractious’ position and financial challenges.

Policies to clean up air pollution ‘effective’, research suggests

27/06/2019

Policies to clean up air pollution in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in human exposure to air pollution, research suggests.

UK commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’

27/06/2019

The UK has become the ‘first major economy’ to pass a law to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.

The winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards

26/06/2019

From the restoration of a historic burial site to a successful and innovative road safety scheme, the winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards have been revealed.

Local authority named ‘co-operative council of the year’

26/06/2019

South Tyneside Council has been named ‘co-operative council of the year’ thanks to their commitment to the co-op principles in the face of deep funding cuts.

Birmingham to invest £778m to prepare for Commonwealth Games

26/06/2019

Birmingham is set to invest £778m to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Government has confirmed.

Liverpool gets green light to build council houses

21/06/2019

The city which built the first council houses in Europe 150 years ago is set to construct homes again after the Government lifted its ban on new building.

New toolkit launched to help councils go green

20/06/2019

A new toolkit designed to help local authorities reduce their carbon footprint and ‘trigger the wider benefits of bold climate action’ has been launched.

Welsh Government to simplify joint working between councils

19/06/2019

A blueprint for joint working between councils is to be published by the Welsh Government.

Integrating migrants could boost economy by £7bn, think tank says

18/06/2019

A think tank has called for the setting up of ‘local integration funds’ to help migrants find jobs that match their skills as part of a series of proposals to improve integration.

Millions 'wasted' on painted cycle lanes, ambassadors warn

17/06/2019

Cycling and walking ambassadors have called on the Government to provide councils with greater powers and more money to make key changes in cities.

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.

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Highways jobs

Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Children’s x4

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - 25.68 per hour)
To act as the principal advocate for all aspects of advocacy legal work relating to the children’s social care in the county court and high court. Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Business Support Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band C, SCP 5 - 8 (£18,795 - £19,945 per annum) pro rata (£9.74 - £10.34 per hour)
The successful candidate will provide administrative business support to service teams within Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing. The Lyng, Health & Social Care Centre, Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich, B70 7AW
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Legal Case Worker– Social Care

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band E, SCP 18 - 25 (£24,313 - £28,785 per annum) (£12.60 - £14.92 per hour)
To facilitate the effective functioning of Legal Services, with responsibility for the co-ordination, preparing and monitoring of all case files. Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Customer Service Manager

Camden London Borough Council
Competitive
We’re looking for an innovative and people focussed Customer Service Manager Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Leisure Centre Receptionist

Brent Council
£21,591.00 - £22,377.00 p.a. (pro rata)
To work as a member of a team to provide high quality services which ensures the highest standard of customer care Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council