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Bolton council buys shopping centre as part of £1bn town centre masterplan

15.06.18: Bolton Council has purchased Crompton Place shopping centre in a £14.8m deal. The move has been funded by the council’s £100m town centre fund, which is financed through a low interest loan and repaid using dividends from Manc...

Lambeth to create 738 homes on brown-field site

14.06.18: London’s borough of Lambeth now has planning permission for 738 new homes. A Grade II listed gas holder— in which natural or town gas is stored at ambient temperatures— will be dismantled, restored and rebuilt as part of a new...

Councils spend £100m on fire safety post-Grenfell – but many denied any government help

13.06.18: London councils have spent almost £100m on safety measures since the Grenfell Tower tragedy last year, new figures have revealed. The spending was declared by 24 boroughs in response to Freedom of Information requests by the BBC, and has...

Virgin Media to go to court with council over land usage

11.06.18: Virgin Media have launched an unprecedented legal challenge against Durham County Council over accusations it is blocking plans to bring ultrafast broadband to homes in the area. Tension between the two parties was caused by Virgin’s...

Council’s ability to replace homes sold under Right to Buy will be ‘all but eliminated’ within five years

11.06.18: The current Right-to-Buy (RTB) scheme could collapse unless councils are granted more cash to replace the homes sold, a report has claimed. The scheme, championed by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, allowed council house tenants to buy...

Approval given for 172 new homes in Dorset

07.06.18: Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s planning committee has given the green light for 172 new homes. A development of 114 homes on land that is currently used for agricultural purposes was approved by the committee yesterday. This...

WYCA to consider £380m investment growth and transport schemes

06.06.18: The West Yorkshire Combined Authority Investment Committee is being asked to back 10 new schemes at a value of over £383m through its Local Growth Fund and West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund programme. Among the schemes are the £764...

New powers give councils oversight over town planning regulations

05.06.18: Councils will receive new powers to help them deliver the homes that their communities need under proposed regulations. Under the new rules, published by housing minister Dominic Raab, councils will be able to seek government approval to launch...

Kensington council set to spend £3.5m replacing Grenfell-style fire safety doors

31.05.18:  A total of 4,000 fire doors in all social housing across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – where the Grenfell Tower tragedy took place last year – will be replaced by the council, costing £3.5m in total. ...

Tory leaders worry £2bn housing pledge not enough

29.05.18: The government will not deliver enough low-cost rented homes, Tory council leaders have warned. In a poll conducted for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), 71% of Conservative councillors surveyed expressed concerns that the government’...

Local communities could be ignored in building of 165,000 homes

25.05.18: Almost 165,000 new homes could be built without the scrutiny of the local community, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. The LGA is urging the government to scrap its planned changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, whi...

High Court backs London mayor’s affordable housing threshold approach

24.05.18: The High Court has backed the mayor of London’s “threshold” approach to affordable housing. The ruling follows a legal challenge by four retirement home developers, who claimed that the approach would fail to secure the maximu...

Liverpool council plans to buy shopping centre in £4m profit drive

24.05.18: Liverpool City Council has announced plans to purchase the shopping centre situated above Liverpool Central train station in an attempt to push forward a series of multimillion-pound regeneration schemes in the city. The authority, which is...

Grenfell: review into combustable cladding falls short, LGA warns

17.05.18: The independent review of building regulations, conducted following the Grenfell tragedy, has stopped short of proposing a ban on flammable cladding. Dame Judith Hackitt, who led the review, said that “deep flaws” have been identifi...

PM pledges to fully fund removal of Grenfell-style cladding in £400m plan

16.05.18: The government will commit £400m to allow councils to strip down dangerous cladding from certain tower blocks in an effort to prevent disasters reoccurring, such as last year’s tragic Grenfell fire. Speaking in the Commons today...

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A shocking eight out of ten workers have lost confidence in the future of council services, survey finds

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Council services are failing residents with over two thirds believing they don’t receive help and support when they need it, a new survey h... more >
Grenfell, one year on

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In the year since the Grenfell Tower disaster, the LGA has been working tirelessly to ramp up fire safety regulations and ban ‘desktop&rsqu... more >
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The EU Referendum and the stop-start Brexit negotiations have left a looming shadow of uncertainty over devolution in the UK, writes Anthony Sala... more >

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Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

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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 testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
A shocking eight out of ten workers have lost confidence in the future of council services, survey finds

18/06/2018A shocking eight out of ten workers have lost confidence in the future of council services, survey finds

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Grenfell, one year on

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In the year since the Grenfell Tower disaster, the LGA has been working tirelessly to ramp up fire safety regulations and ban ‘desktop’ fire safety tests in order to prevent such a tr... more >

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Following the announcement of the second wave of integrated care systems (ICSs), NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the LGA reflect on how lessons learnt by members from across the four organisations – that have designed and worked together as part of the vanguards – will support the j... more >
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Grenfell, one year on

18/06/2018Grenfell, one year on

In the year since the Grenfell Tower disaster, the LGA has been working tirelessly to ramp up fire safety regulations and ban ‘desktop&rsqu... more >
Brexit's long shadow over devolution

18/06/2018Brexit's long shadow over devolution

The EU Referendum and the stop-start Brexit negotiations have left a looming shadow of uncertainty over devolution in the UK, writes Anthony Sala... more >
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The true social value of procurement comes from asking challenging questions and thinking outside the box, argues Melissa Bell, sustainable procu... more >
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Douglas White, head of advocacy at the Carnegie UK Trust, evaluates the risk-benefit relationship of data sharing within the public sector, highl... more >

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Theo Blackwell, London’s first-ever chief digital officer (CDO), speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the role he plays in ensuring the... more >
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PSE’s Josh Mines talks to Stephen Crompton, CTO at GroupBC, and Stuart Bell, the company’s sales and marketing director, about how Bu... more >

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