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Space-enabled technologies to aid coronavirus support

10/07/2020
Space data will soon help local authorities to identify ‘hidden’ vulnerable people under new plans announced today.

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Construction spend must deliver social value, argues report

30/06/2020

Construction spend must deliver more ‘tangible social impact’ to support disadvantaged communities post-Covid, according to a new report.

County set to approve £102m waste contract

29/06/2020

Norfolk County Council is set to approve a new six-year waste management deal with Veolia, worth £102m.

Sheffield devolution deal set to be passed by Parliament

29/06/2020

A new devolution deal for South Yorkshire will be laid before Parliament today, handing new powers and millions of pounds of funding to the region.

Mitie and Interserve Support Services to merge

26/06/2020

Outsourcer Mitie has proposed to merge with facilities management firm Interserve Support Services by the end of the year in a £271m deal.

Councils pledge to deliver inclusive growth post-Covid-19

24/06/2020

Councils are taking steps to ensure their communities and local economies are more inclusive post-Covid-19, a new report has revealed.

Calls for a flexible zoning system to end housing crisis

23/06/2020

A flexible zoning system would help build more homes in the UK and end the housing crisis, a new report has argued.

Government announces measures to prevent company evictions

19/06/2020

The Government has extended measures to prevent struggling companies from eviction over the summer until the end of September.

Government launches consultation on accelerating tree planting

19/06/2020

The Government has launched a consultation on ways to accelerate tree planting in an effort to combat the biodiversity and climate crises.

Local groups urge PM to support a ‘community-powered’ post-Covid recovery

16/06/2020

Over 100 organisations have called on the Government to support a community-powered economic recovery which they argue would help revive local areas.

EXCLUSIVE: 'Make local elections a "mini-referendum" on fair funding'

16/06/2020

The main parties at the Local Government Association could turn next year’s local elections into a ‘mini referendum on fair funding for all councils’, according to the director of the Political Skills Forum.

Government appoints Arup-led consortium for £3.6bn Towns Fund delivery

15/06/2020

The engineering company Arup has been appointed to lead a consortium to help local authorities access the £3.6bn Towns Fund.

Council sets up new development company

10/06/2020

Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) has launched a new development company to help deliver new homes, create more jobs and grow the local economy across the borough.

More funding will not fix 'broken' social care system, says think tank

09/06/2020

New taxes or extra spending are not enough to fix the 'dysfunctional' social care system, a think tank has said.

Councils get new advice to combat procurement fraud

09/06/2020

New advice to help councils in England fight procurement fraud has been published by the Government.

London Councils warn spending on homelessness is 'unsustainable'

08/06/2020

London boroughs are spending an extra £50m on homelessness services due to Covid-19, new figures have revealed.

Free community groups to take on assets - think-tank

03/06/2020

Powers allowing community groups to take on local assets should be kick-started to build on the volunteer spirit generated by Covid says a report released today.

Council-owned housing company set for approval

02/06/2020

Manchester City Council is set to approve plans for a new housing development company to deliver at least 500 new homes every year.

Campaigners call for voting age to be lowered to 16 across all of the UK

01/06/2020

The right to vote should be extended to include 16 and 17 year olds in England, campaigners have said today.

Councils urged to create ‘school streets’

29/05/2020

Councils have been urged to close roads to cars during school pick up and drop off times to make journeys safer and manage social distancing at the school gates by ten NGOs.

Commission warns infrastructure must prepare for future challenges

28/05/2020

Climate change and extreme weather conditions could test the future resilience of the UK's infrastructure, according to a new report by the National Infrastructure Commission.

Local lockdown powers up in the air

27/05/2020

Council powers over calling a local lockdown are still to be thrashed out as the NHS’ test and trace system is formally launched.

Kent leader warns of migrant crossing ‘crisis’

26/05/2020

The council's leader has asked the home secretary to make it mandatory for authorities to provide support for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).

‘Golden opportunity’ to end rough sleeping

22/05/2020

The Government has been urged to commit £100m to councils in a bid to end rough sleeping in England.

Research finds councils still vulnerable to ransomware attacks

20/05/2020

Nearly half of local government workers do not know what ransomware is, making councils more vulnerable to cyber attacks new research has warned.

Council considers community bond scheme

20/05/2020

Warrington Borough Council has put forward plans for a Community Municipal Bond (CMB) scheme to help deliver a new solar farm.

Report suggests a new tax for people living near to public parks

18/05/2020

Homeowners living near to public parks should pay councils a small tax to help cover the cost of their upkeep, a think tank has said.

Government backs merger of two council pension funds

14/05/2020

The Government has given the go-ahead to merge two local government pension funds.

Jenrick launches plans to kickstart housing market

13/05/2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has restarted the housing market as part of the Government’s plans to ease lockdown.

Burnham calls for more Covid-19 support for English regions

12/05/2020

The Government has been urged to provide extra support for cities outside London to deal with the cost of easing lockdown restrictions.

Councils call for access to data for effective contact tracing

11/05/2020

Crucial data must be shared with councils in order for effective contact tracing to take place, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

Government announces £250m emergency active travel fund

11/05/2020

The Government has announced the largest ever funding boost to create a ‘new era’ for cycling and walking.

Welsh councils given funding to tackle cyber crime

04/05/2020

Each council in Wales will receive a £9,000 grant to tackle the increase in cyber crime during the coronavirus pandemic.

Electoral reform could make system more inclusive, researchers say

29/04/2020

Assisted Voter Registration (AVR) could deliver a more inclusive democracy, researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have found.

Debt collection needs reform, says think tank

27/04/2020

Local government should follow the lead of the private sector when it comes to debt collection, the latest report from the Centre for Social Justice think tank has claimed.

Government confirms extension to council accounts deadline

23/04/2020

Councils will be given more time to publish their audited accounts due to the increasing demands of dealing with Covid-19.

Politicians calls for universal basic income to jumpstart economy

22/04/2020

The Government has been urged to make Universal Basic Income a crucial part of its coronavirus recovery plan by 110 MPs and Peers.

Councils call for more ambition on tree cover target

21/04/2020

Six councils have called on the Government to double the tree cover target in England.

Laptops to be made available for disadvantaged children

20/04/2020

Disadvantaged children across England are to receive laptops and tablets to ensure they can continue their education from home during lockdown.

Call for lifting of immigration rules

20/04/2020

Council leaders in England, Scotland and Wales have called for a temporary lifting of the immigration rules that stop some migrants accessing public funds.

Councils' commissioning must boost communities says report

15/04/2020

The public sector should adopt Community Value Charters as a standardised way of evaluating social value and improving the lives of local residents, a new report has urged.

Councils call for suspension of academy conversions during Covid-19 crisis

14/04/2020

Council leaders have warned the time and resources being spent on converting schools into academies is undermining efforts to provide enough school places for children during the Covid-19 crisis.

Think tank calls for benefit cap to be suspended to protect renters

09/04/2020

Social housing tenants are the most likely to be affected by the current economic crisis, a new report has found today.

Leeds City Council fast tracks plan for temporary mortuary

08/04/2020

Leeds City Council is to build a £800,000 temporary mortuary as part of emergency planning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councils given power to hold meetings remotely

03/04/2020

Local authorities will be allowed to hold public meetings remotely by video or telephone, under new powers introduced today.

Launch of new Buckinghamshire Council

02/04/2020

The new unitary authority for Buckinghamshire has been launched, bringing together five district and county councils.

Video conferencing first at council meeting

02/04/2020

A council used software to help decide key planning applications in what is believed to be the first meeting of its kind in the country.

Gateshead to look at bring housing back in-house

30/03/2020

Gateshead MBC is to formally consult on proposals to bring its housing services back in-house.

Grenfell taskforce to ‘stand down’

27/03/2020

The Government has announced that the taskforce set up to help the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea respond to the Grenfell tragedy is to stand down at the end of the month.

Council elects new leader to help battle COVID-19

25/03/2020

Kingston Council has chosen a new leader who has a background in health emergencies to help during the coronavirus crisis.

West Yorkshire devolution deal moves to next stage

25/03/2020

The West Yorkshire devolution deal has taken a step forward after receiving backing from Bradford Council and Kirklees Council.

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Up to £86,000 (pay award pending)
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Chelmsford City Council
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Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
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