Reform Scotland has called for councils to be given a greater role in Scottish policing, in order to increase local accountability.

The government has passed a new law which means all local authorities must ensure that staff dealing with the public can speak fluent English.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on high street coffee chains to go further in developing recyclable paper cups and to work with councils to produce a system for collecting and recycling empty cartons.

Calderdale Council has introduced a 24-hour instant messaging (IM) service for customers.

Blackburn and Darwen Council has approved a plan to 500 jobs over the next three years, in a bid to generate £13 million in savings.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has overspent by more than £865,000 on using agency workers to cover illness and maternity in the children’s social work sector.

A review published by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has praised Lewisham Council for overcoming its gender pay and position inequality.

A new report has claimed that devolution is being ‘underpowered’ and is failing under the current ‘austerity cosh’.

Sheffield City Council has agreed an investment deal with a Chinese company which promises the city millions of pounds worth of funding.

Leeds City Council has warned that 2,000 jobs are at risk as a result of funding cuts, with the council needing to save around £110 million.

North East leaders have requested that the new government confirms its commitment to the region's devolution deal.

Sadiq Khan has introduced an £11 million fund to help eight London boroughs implement new measures to improve air quality in their areas.

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire’s district and city councils will work together on devolution and reorganisation.

According to a survey by GOSS Interactive, local authorities expect to deliver over two-thirds of its services online by 2019.

A study has revealed that the UK’s ‘grey fleet’ costs employers more than £5.5 billion a year in mileage claims and car allowances.


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.