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One in 10 people facing care costs of over £100,000

20.08.18: One in 10 older people are facing care costs of over £100,000, with many not saving enough to pay for care in later life, new research shows. Analysis by ‘Which?’ indicates that just 12% of adults over the age of 55 have p... more >

Care services for vulnerable children in ‘silent crisis,’ new analysis shows

20.08.18: Over 13,000 vulnerable children are receiving care in areas rated in the lowest standard of support, damning new analysis has found. Local services for children in need of help were dubbed as a “silent crisis,” in a new report b... more >

Yorkshire council chiefs threaten pull out of asylum seeker housing project

20.08.18: Council bosses in Yorkshire are considering pulling out of an asylum seeker programme that gives homes to over 5,000 people unless the current project is changed.    In a letter to home secretary Sajid Javid, leaders from the 14 l... more >

Developer in £13m legal wrangle with Northumberland now plans to take council to High Court

17.08.18: A property developer who launched a £13m legal bid against Northumberland County Council says it has been banned from sharing vital information with council members. Newcastle-based Lugano Group was due to build the Dissington Garden... more >

High Court allows London council to fine and imprison illegal campers

17.08.18: A council has successfully obtained a High Court injunction allowing it to use greater powers – from fines and asset seizure to imprisonment and – against illegal travellers in the region. The borough-wide injunction will allow... more >

Northamptonshire report to propose splitting region into two unitaries

17.08.18: A report on the future of the debt-ridden Northamptonshire region due to be published this afternoon will likely recommend replacing all eight local authorities with two unitary councils. Public consultation results and the report itself wi... more >

Council forced to apologise after telling ‘intimidating’ football fans they were unwelcome

16.08.18: A Lancashire council has apologised after sending a letter that stated football fans “will no longer be welcome” in the town centre for daytime matches. In a letter sent to Sheffield United FC this week, Chorley Council said foo... more >

Northamptonshire to sell education centre ahead of plans for unitary council shake-up

16.08.18: Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet has agreed to sell its Longtown Outdoor Education Centre in an attempt to tackle a £70m budget shortfall, just a day before a report on the future governance of the council is due to be publi... more >

Council halts non-urgent spending in bid to tackle ‘significant financial challenges’

16.08.18: Torbay Council has announced an immediate moratorium on spending as it tries to deal with financial trouble and a predicted £2.8m overspend at the end of March next year.  The council-- which is controlled under the elected mayor... more >

Councillor who described homosexuality as ‘immoral and wrong’ is suspended

15.08.18: A Monmouthshire county councillor has been suspended for claiming that homosexuality is “unnatural, perverted, immoral and wrong.” Cllr Graham Down, an independent councillor for the Shirenewton ward, made the comments in emails... more >

Government funding up for grabs as Brokenshire opens up garden communities project

15.08.18: The communities secretary has called for a boost to garden towns across England in a new announcement for a garden communities project. Under the plans released today, James Brokenshire claims the programme will lead to more high-quality ho... more >

‘Unlawful’ Northamptonshire council plans to close libraries blocked by High Court

15.08.18: The insolvent Northamptonshire County Council’s attempts to make cuts to 21 libraries in the region have been halted by the High Court. When the local authority decided to go ahead with radical service and job cuts last week, librarie... more >

Up to 2,500 homes on the way as part of York Central development proposals submitted

14.08.18: Around 6,500 jobs and a 20% surge in the local economy are expected after landmark new plans were submitted for planning permission in York. Making use of one of the largest city-centre brownfield sites in the UK, the York Central Partnersh... more >

Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

14.08.18: Christchurch Borough Council has agreed not to take its legal fight to the Court of Appeal following the refusal of its Judicial Review application, with leader Cllr David Flagg apologising for the authority’s unsuccessful battle. The... more >

Social housing green paper only small step compared to ‘huge need’ for affordable homes, LGA says

14.08.18: The government’s social housing green paper is “only a small step” in delivering more social homes says the UK’s largest local government body. Government proposals to give social housing residents greater support in... more >

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Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

13/08/2018Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

A council that took four years in a legal wrangle to remove a pony from an Isle of Lewis house may have found the four-legged beast a new home. Western Isles council remo... 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 >