MPs say that plans to solve housing crisis will fail

The Treasury Select Committee has said that government plans to tackle the housing crisis will fail without further reforms.

SMEs could be worst affected by Brexit

Small and medium-sized businesses may be worst affected when the UK leaves the European Union.

Council introduces charge for building type waste

Leeds City Council is to introduce a charge residents looking to dispose of certain types of household rubbish at their local waste sorting site.

District councils campaign against ‘unfair’ council tax measures

The District Councils’ Network has urged for changes to the ‘unfair’ system governing council tax increases which are curbing their key role in prevention.

Local services stretched by ‘unprecedented’ elderly population

Figures from the CCN have indicated that local services are at breaking point as a result of an increasingly elderly population and ‘outdated’ government funding.

£29m council funding for vulnerable children

Sajid Javid has announced that councils will receive an additional £29 million to boost their support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Essex announces £300m budget spending plan

Essex County Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19 include investment in the region’s roads, schools and homes.

Shared services proposal gets green light in Northumberland

Plans for Newcastle City Council and Northumberland County Council to merge their transactional services have taken a major step forward.

Lowest-income households facing debt

New research has revealed that a third of the lowest-income households in Britain have loans and credit card debts that outstrip the assets they hold.

Ministers urge councils to use electric car scheme

Government ministers have encouraged local authorities to consider the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme and improve transport efficiency.

Liverpool to set out 15 year plan for growth

Liverpool City Council is on the brink of publishing its Local Plan that will set out plans to create 35,000 new homes.

Charitable trust to manage Knowsley parks

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council's cabinet has agreed to establish a charitable trust to manage the borough’s green spaces.

Children's services receive referral every 49 seconds

The LGA has revealed that there were 646,120 referrals to councils’ children’s services during 2016/17, equaling one referral every 49 seconds.

Early Years Hubs to be rolled out in London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed that Newham, Wandsworth & Merton and Barnet will host the first of his Early Years Hubs.

Bailiffs target 41,000 companies following rising business rates

Councils are increasingly giving bailiffs power to enter businesses, seize goods and sell them to settle debts.


Event Diary

The annual Digital Government conference will be returning to the QEII Centre, London on Thursday 24th May.

On the 16th & 17th of May, UK’s most ambitious SME owners, startup owners, creative leaders and decision makers will take part in what is being Europe’s largest business event.