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Newham LBC to sue RBS over £150m in LOBO loans

08/02/2019Newham LBC to sue RBS over £150m in LOBO loans

Newham London Borough Council is to sue the Royal Bank of Scotland over the terms of around £150m worth of LOBO bank-loans, making it the latest council to take legal action against banks over the highly controversial loans. Previously l more >
Edinburgh Council becomes first UK authority to introduce ‘tourist tax’

07/02/2019Edinburgh Council becomes first UK authority to introduce ‘tourist tax’

Councillors at Edinburgh City Council voted today to approve the first ever UK ‘tourist tax’ which will raise an estimated £14.6m annually. The Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) scheme will include a flat £2 per-night room c more >
Seven councils launch lawsuit against Barclays over £500m LOBO loans

04/02/2019Seven councils launch lawsuit against Barclays over £500m LOBO loans

Seven local authorities are suing Barclays over controversial LOBO bank-loans worth over £500m, which they claim were fraudulently set with high interest rates when sold before the financial crisis. The councils have filed a lawsuit agai more >

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Council suspends contract with litter enforcement firm Kingdom after businesses complain about ‘aggressive’ fines

15/02/2019Council suspends contract with litter enforcement firm Kingdom after businesses complain about ‘aggressive’ fines

Wirral Council has suspended a contract with an enforcement firm after a raft of complaints around improper fines to businesses. The council’s cabinet member for environment Anita Leech a more >
Sutton London Borough Council permanent chief executive announced

15/02/2019Sutton London Borough Council permanent chief executive announced

The new chief executive of Sutton London Borough Council has been announced, with Helen Bailey taking up the role at the authority. Following former chief executive Niall Bolger’s departu more >
County council apologises over mistaken Prince Philip death notice

15/02/2019County council apologises over mistaken Prince Philip death notice

Hampshire County Council has apologised after mistakenly publishing a notice that Prince Philip had died in what has been blamed on an “internal error.” The authority accidently pub more >
Councils ‘left on life support’ as 97% set to raise taxes and half dig into reserves

14/02/2019Councils ‘left on life support’ as 97% set to raise taxes and half dig into reserves

Around 97% of councils plan on hiking up council this year and over half plan on dipping into their reserves as under-pressure authorities increase cuts to vital services, new figures reveal. A more >
Sandwell Council leader steps down ‘kicking and screaming’ after lengthy council infighting

14/02/2019Sandwell Council leader steps down ‘kicking and screaming’ after lengthy council infighting

The leader of Sandwell Council has resigned in a move he described as being “knifed in the back” three weeks after he was suspended pending investigation by the Labour Party. Steve more >
Powys County Council moves forward with £12m cuts and 9.5% tax increase

13/02/2019Powys County Council moves forward with £12m cuts and 9.5% tax increase

County council leaders have backed a 9.5% council tax hike in Powys as the authority passed £12m of cuts – but the council stressed that frontline services, schools, and social services more >

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Blog: Virgin Media Business support EvoNorth

13/02/2019Blog: Virgin Media Business support EvoNorth

"We are delighted to be a Strategic Partner to EvoNorth 2019. We’re looking forward to joining leaders from across the north to hear their vision for shaping the region and how we can help to make this a reality" EvoNorth welcome strategic partner Virgin Media Business to next month's event more >
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Government accountability: A year in crises

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety te... more > more last word articles >