Waste services competition to maximise flexibility claim contested

The ESA has said that councils should use outsourcing to deliver cost savings and drive innovation in service delivery for their residents.

GMB Scotland will recommend its Local Government membership rejects the pay offer put forward by leaders at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

IFS: 100% business rates retention pilots could generate £870 million in extra funding

Pilots could help the government maintain momentum behind its changes to the local government finance system

Government Property Agency to generate £1 billion

The Cabinet Office launched the Government Property Agency (GPA) on 1 April with the aim to generate more than £1 billion in financial savings.

72 per cent of counties suffering from poor broadband speeds

Broadband speeds in rural areas are up to three times slower than neighbouring cities, experiencing below the national average download speed.

Review announced for dealing with unauthorised caravan sites

The government will review the current laws and powers to deal with unauthorised caravan sites and developments.

Extent of child tooth decay revealed

New Public Health England data has revealed that a child in England has a tooth removed in hospital every 10 minutes due to preventable tooth decay.

‘Increasingly critical’ council savings dependent on leadership

Finding savings has become ‘increasingly critical’ for local authorities who are facing continuous reductions in funding.

Business rates providing better broadband boost

The Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2018 will incentivise operators to invest in the broadband network.

New Oxford Direct Services Ltd enterprise launched

Oxford City Council has announced the transformation of its direct services operations into a wholly-owned social enterprise called Oxford Direct Services Ltd.

New tech to speed up repairs to potholes

An innovative method to speed up repairs to potholes is being used in Lancashire County Council following recent cold and wet weather.

1,000 children’s centres lost since 2009

New research by the Sutton Trust has revealed that as many as 1,000 Sure Start centres across the country have closed since 2009.

One million bus lane fines issued each year

New RAC research has shown that over one million fines are handed out to drivers caught in city bus lanes every year.

Worcestershire to pursue new children's social care model

Worcestershire County Council has agreed to develop a wholly owned council company to deliver children's social care services in the region.

Almost £7 million to support struggling families in Liverpool

Liverpool City Council will receive early access to almost £7 million of funding to support struggling families to turn their lives around.

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