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Government backs Northamptonshire unitary authorities with one-year delay

15/05/2019Government backs Northamptonshire unitary authorities with one-year delay

The government has formally approved the formation of two new unitary councils in Northamptonshire in 2021, a year later than first planned, also confirming the abolishment of the county council and seven district and borough councils. Communi more >
Government agrees to £30m a year South Yorkshire devolution deal

09/05/2019Government agrees to £30m a year South Yorkshire devolution deal

The government has given the go-ahead for the South Yorkshire devolution deal following a “breakthrough” in March in the stalled £30m a year deal for the Sheffield City Region. After “years of impasse”, the four S more >
New unitary authorities formally takeover from Dorset’s nine councils

01/04/2019New unitary authorities formally takeover from Dorset’s nine councils

Two new unitary authorities have officially taken control of local government in Dorset following the merging of nine local authorities. Given the go-ahead by parliament in May last year, the creation of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BC more >

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 County council director and CCG CEO to lead STP in joint-role

22/05/2019 County council director and CCG CEO to lead STP in joint-role

Hertfordshire and West Essex STP has announced a job-share partnership between the local county council and CCG to lead the STP. Iain MacBeath, the director of adult social care services at Her more >
Even ‘draconian cuts won’t be enough’ as councils face £50bn funding blackhole

22/05/2019Even ‘draconian cuts won’t be enough’ as councils face £50bn funding blackhole

Councils in England face a funding black hole of over £50bn across the next six years, according to a new report warning that local authorities will soon be forced to resort to providing the & more >
Government backs Northamptonshire unitary authorities with one-year delay

15/05/2019Government backs Northamptonshire unitary authorities with one-year delay

The government has formally approved the formation of two new unitary councils in Northamptonshire in 2021, a year later than first planned, also confirming the abolishment of the county council and more >
Introduce ‘smart bins’ and hand out tax cuts to drive up recycling, urges think tank

13/05/2019Introduce ‘smart bins’ and hand out tax cuts to drive up recycling, urges think tank

Local authorities should use a new generation of “smart bins” and council tax cuts to drive up household recycling rates, a think tank’s new report has recommended. Bins fitte more >
Councils to be placed under legal duty to house victims of domestic abuse

13/05/2019Councils to be placed under legal duty to house victims of domestic abuse

Councils are to be given a legal duty to provide “safe houses” for victims of domestic abuse and their children, under new plans announced by the prime minister. Theresa May announc more >
Councils get £30m boost to look after asylum seeking children

10/05/2019Councils get £30m boost to look after asylum seeking children

The government has announced a £30m funding boost for councils looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) following warnings that minors are being “left in limbo.” more >

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Empower your reader, choose print

07/05/2019Empower your reader, choose print

We are on a digital rollercoaster, swirling and twirling through a variety of different online advertising platforms – have we forgotten about traditional marketing platforms such as print? The UK is currently the global leader in advertising, generating £6 for every £1 spen more >
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Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

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Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

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Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

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Cities as places of opportunity

29/04/2019Cities as places of opportunity

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Shaping healthy places with district councils

29/04/2019Shaping healthy places with district councils

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The road more taken: delivering future connectivity and mobility

29/04/2019The road more taken: delivering future connectivity and mobility

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The state of the Spring Statement

29/04/2019The state of the Spring Statement

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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 >