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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 >
Spending ban over Northamptonshire County Council lifted

29/03/2019Spending ban over Northamptonshire County Council lifted

Northamptonshire County Council will have its spending ban lifted after commissioners reported the authority is “now living within its own means.” The section 114 notice banned all expenditure at the authority except on statutory s more >
South Yorkshire leaders make breakthrough in £30m devolution deal

26/03/2019South Yorkshire leaders make breakthrough in £30m devolution deal

The four South Yorkshire council leaders and mayor Dan Jarvis have announced a “breakthrough” in the stalled devolution deal for Sheffield City Region. After “years of impasse” the local leaders have “reached a co more >

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Thurrock Council approves £1bn town centre regeneration scheme to build nearly 3,000 homes

26/04/2019Thurrock Council approves £1bn town centre regeneration scheme to build nearly 3,000 homes

Thurrock Council has approved plans for a £1bn town centre regeneration which will see nearly 3,000 new homes created and generate around 2,200 new jobs. The proposals to transform mainly more >
Potentially fatal road repair sees highways firm fined by Surrey County Council

26/04/2019Potentially fatal road repair sees highways firm fined by Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council has fined its highways maintenance contractor £30,000 for poor and potentially fatal road repairs following a prosecution. BT has been handed the fine, which is thou more >
Interserve awarded place on £450m NHS framework until 2022

26/04/2019Interserve awarded place on £450m NHS framework until 2022

Troubled contractor Interserve has been awarded a place on the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) framework for infrastructure and car park management. The framework is available to a range more >
Surrey CC reveals plans to scrap 200 council buildings and relocate its HQ to save £10m a year

25/04/2019Surrey CC reveals plans to scrap 200 council buildings and relocate its HQ to save £10m a year

Surrey County Council has unveiled plans to scrap around 200 of its buildings and move to a new HQ in a bid to save tens of millions of pounds. Guildford and Woking have emerged as the frontrun more >
Voters ‘denied democracy’ in local elections by hundreds of uncontested seats

25/04/2019Voters ‘denied democracy’ in local elections by hundreds of uncontested seats

Hundreds of thousands of voters in next week’s local elections will be “denied democratic rights” by nearly 150 seats going completely uncontested according to the Electoral Reform more >
Cornwall Council criticised by ombudsman after taking more than 11 years to decide man’s village green application

25/04/2019Cornwall Council criticised by ombudsman after taking more than 11 years to decide man’s village green application

Cornwall Council has been criticised by the local government ombudsman after failing to determine a man’s village green application more than 11 years after he submitted it. Colin Brown f more >

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Self-build builds potential for more and better homes

15/04/2019Self-build builds potential for more and better homes

The director of The Right to Build Task Force – which advises stakeholders on bringing on more custom and self-build homes – Mario Wolf, who is currently on secondment from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, discusses challenges the public sector needs to engage 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

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

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Connecting the North East

15/04/2019Connecting the North East

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How public sector IT can exploit the last 'big things'

15/04/2019How public sector IT can exploit the last 'big things'

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What about social care?

15/04/2019What about social care?

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Brexit's systemic fallout

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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 >