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Council leaders to unite in bid for £1.3bn growth deal

18.05.18: Leaders of all six councils in the North of Wales have come together to bid for a £1.3bn boost in funding for the region. Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham councils have formed the North Wales Growth Board... more >

Leicester armours parking meters after spike in break-ins

17.05.18: Leicester City Council has resorted to armour-plating its parking meters to combat thieves. According to the council, there have already been 84 instances of thieves breaking into parking meters since April, with almost £12,000 being stol... more >

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... more >

Dorset merger to go ahead as government rejects 'absurd' challenge

17.05.18: A legal challenge submitted by Christchurch Borough Council against the planned merger of Dorset local authorities has been labelled as “an absurd intention to impute to parliament,” the government has said. In a scathing letter... more >

Man behind childcare vouchers pitches similar social care scheme to Treasury

16.05.18: A salary sacrifice scheme could be the future of adult social care funding, it has been suggested. Speaking yesterday at an LGA conference, ‘Future of adult social care and support’, John Woodward OBE, a driving force behind childca... more >

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... more >

Council hails new £4bn ‘masterplan’ for London borough regeneration

16.05.18: British Land has submitted plans for a £4bn development in south east London, it has revealed. The plans outline a planning application for the Canada Water Masterplan, which the company says is one of London’s most significant deve... more >

Norfolk tables council tax exemption for care leavers

16.05.18: Care leavers in Norfolk could soon be exempt from paying council tax. In a proposal to be discussed by councillors next week, Norfolk County Council’s children’s services committee will hear about the financial challenges faced by c... more >

LGA opens bids for programme to tackle housing crisis

15.05.18: A scheme to help councils to overcome housing challenges in their local areas opens for bids today. The Housing Advisors Programme, set up by the Local Government Association (LGA), supported over 40 projects across the country, with councils l... more >

Homelessness rises as councils struggle to secure affordable homes

15.05.18: A lack of investment in affordable housing is reducing local authorities’ ability to secure the homes  that the nation needs, according to a report published last week. The report, ‘Delivering affordable homes in a changing wor... more >

Liverpool council CEO resigns after failed judicial review request

15.05.18: The chief executive of Liverpool City Council has resigned ahead of the authority's Annual General Meeting, which could have seen him removed from office. Council boss Ged Fitzgerald stepped aside from his role in May 2017 following his arrest... more >

Cheshire needs immediate deal on ‘compelling’ devolution plans

14.05.18: Despite its significant progress, the north still has a number of “notable regional gaps” in devolution, with some of these still facing an unclear future. These are the findings of a major new report by Northern Powerhouse Part... more >

Bercow: ‘No obvious means’ of allowing MP to vote against Dorset council merger

14.05.18: The House of Commons speaker has reaffirmed the decision to prevent a Christchurch MP from voting against an upcoming merger of Dorset councils, arguing there is no clear route of action to reverse the decision. House speaker John Bercow to... more >

Future of ‘struggling’ high streets to be assessed in new government inquiry

14.05.18: The future of England’s high streets and town centres are set to be reviewed in a new inquiry launched by a government committee. The inquiry, backed by the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee, will assess the f... more >

Tesco fined £1.6m in successful council prosecution

14.05.18: Tesco has pleaded guilty to a successful prosecution by Ealing Council and has now been forced to pay a £1.6m fine. The supermarket chain pleaded guilty to two offences from August 2014 when a Tesco driver reversed into a member of th... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

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 feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >