LGA calls for greater awareness of modern slavery

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that people need to be more aware of modern slavery, after figures have shown council referrals of potential victims have soared by 78 per cent.

PAC calls for more action on improving CCS

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has advised that the government can make substantial savings from buying common goods and services centrally, but that the results of the its latest attempt to do so have been ‘disappointing’.

English council elections attract most electoral fraud reports

UK police data has revealed that English council elections attracted the most electoral fraud reports in 2016, twice as many as the EU referendum.

Swindon Council sets aside £600,000 to improve education services

Swindon Council has set aside £600,000 over the next three years to help improve educational outcomes set out in its Swindon Challenge strategy.

Council tax lower in Wales than England

Official statistics have shown that council tax in England is on average £171 higher than that of Wales.

LGA calls for ‘full flexibility’ on social care funding

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for ‘full flexibility’ in how they use the £2 billion in new social care funding announced in the Budget, ahead of guidance due to be published by government on how it should be spent.

LGA to work with Design Council to tackle social issues

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a 16-week programme in partnership with the Design Council to support six local authorities in London with inventing workable solutions to high priority issues affecting their local communities.

DCMS announces successful applicants to libraries fund

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England has announced that 30 local authorities’ libraries services from across the country will receive a total of £3.9 million from the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation fund.

Christchurch Council supports referendum proposal

Christchurch Borough Council has voted in favour of a proposed referendum on local government reorganisation in Dorset.

Edinburgh City Council criticised over advertising scheme

Edinburgh City Council has been criticised for the way it handled complaints about a poster advertising scheme, introduced in 2003.

Industry strategy must focus more on local environment, Localis urges

A new report by Localis has argued for an industrial strategy which provides local areas the support and space to lead from the front in their economic renewal.

DCLG confirms 6,000 uses of community rights to protect local assets

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has cited over 6,000 uses of community rights, protecting over 4,000 buildings, green spaces and other local assets.

More powers returned to Rotherham Council

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed the return of further powers to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, two years after the government took over the running of services.

MoJ reveals plans for 5,000 modern prison places

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has unveiled plans for four new prisons in England and Wales, creating 5,000 modern prison places to replace old and overcrowded establishments.

Norfolk County Council fined £60k for careless data management

Norfolk County Council has been issued with a £60,000 penalty after it was revealed confidential files regarding vulnerable children had been left in a cabinet which was sent to a second-hand shop.

Councils must embrace smart technology

A new report has argued that councils must become more creative and collaborative in their use of technology in order to plan for future problems.

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