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Local government finance settlement delayed by Brexit

05/12/2018Local government finance settlement delayed by Brexit

The announcement of the local government funding settlement has been delayed as Parliament looks to grapple with Brexit. In a statement released this afternoon, communities secretary James Brokenshire said this confirmation was made prior more >
Home care provider Allied Healthcare saved from bankruptcy

03/12/2018Home care provider Allied Healthcare saved from bankruptcy

One of the largest home care providers in the UK has been sold two weeks after it announced it was selling or transferring all of its contracts after regulators reported it was on the brink of bankruptcy. Allied Healthcare, which provided over more >
Government rescues ‘dysfunctional’ Northamptonshire with £70m bailout

29/11/2018Government rescues ‘dysfunctional’ Northamptonshire with £70m bailout

The government has accepted a recommendation from independent commissioners to effectively bail out Northamptonshire County Council by allowing it to use the £60m gained from the sale of its HQ in order to wipe out its massive debt and f more >

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Leeds to scrap 74 more jobs in latest budget cuts despite real-life wage increase

11/12/2018Leeds to scrap 74 more jobs in latest budget cuts despite real-life wage increase

Leeds City Council announced plans to cut 74 full-time staff and a 3.99% tax hike as it faces a £24.3m budget deficit in 2019-20. The local authority has published a raft of cuts in its l more >
Liverpool mayor quits Northern Powerhouse Partnership claiming government ‘isn’t prepared to listen’

11/12/2018Liverpool mayor quits Northern Powerhouse Partnership claiming government ‘isn’t prepared to listen’

The mayor of Liverpool has quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), arguing he no longer sees the point of the body, and claimed it was “set up by a government which isn’t prepare more >
Nottinghamshire County Council structure reshuffle halted in face of criticism

11/12/2018Nottinghamshire County Council structure reshuffle halted in face of criticism

Plans to reorganise the structure of Nottinghamshire County Council into a unitary authority have been shelved, the council’s leader has announced today. Cllr Kay Cutts, leader of the aut more >
‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

10/12/2018‘Bodies may be uncollected’: No-deal Brexit chaos could see council staff work from home for months

Bodies will remain uncollected and council staff may be forced to work from home for six months due to gridlocked roads in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Kent County Council has warned. In a da more >
Major public services contractor seeking second rescue deal to avoid Carillion-style collapse

10/12/2018Major public services contractor seeking second rescue deal to avoid Carillion-style collapse

Interserve, one of the government’s largest outsourcing companies and provider of public services, has announced it is seeking a rescue deal as it struggles with £500m of debt and is try more >
Councils must set out rough sleeping strategies by 2019 or face government action, Brokenshire warns

10/12/2018Councils must set out rough sleeping strategies by 2019 or face government action, Brokenshire warns

All councils must publish detailed rough sleeping and homelessness strategies by winter 2019 or face government intervention if they fail to do so as part of the government’s new road-map to e more >

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Re-energising citizen engagement

10/12/2018Re-energising citizen engagement

Could smart cities and social media be the perfect match? Simon Dennis, director of artificial intelligence and analytics innovation at SAS UK, reports.  Politics is a divisive issue and not simply from a philosophical standpoint. Engagement levels are highly polarised across differ more >
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The digital buying community is live

12/11/2018The digital buying community is live

Many of the requirements from buyer... more >
A force to be reckoned with

12/11/2018A force to be reckoned with

The South Bank plan, which refers t... more >
Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

12/11/2018Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

As councils across England struggle... more >
A two-speed England

05/11/2018A two-speed England

Central government needs to change ... more >

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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 >