Councils not able to cap personal care budgets

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said that councils cannot set maximum budget levels when calculating the cost of people’s care.

10,000 potholes repaired in Hertfordshire this year

Hertfordshire County Council has repaired over 10,000 potholes so far this year as part of a winter recovery programme.

Student majority warning causing funding gap

A growing funding gap is developing in Nottingham, caused by the high proportion of students in Nottingham leaving the city council short of council tax.

Better communication needed for public services access

Public bodies need to do more to assist people who face language and communication barriers access the services they need.

£1m online toolkit to assess green benefits

A new online toolkit, designed to accurately assess the multiple benefits of green infrastructure, is receiving £1 million investment from Innovate UK.

Patterns of accountability failure repeatedly occurring

A new report has stressed how weak accountability increases the risk of failure of public services, with the same patterns of failure repeatedly occurring.

Call for collaboration for well-designed homes delivery

Government ministers are set to urge industry to embrace the latest innovations to make sure that the UK builds the high quality homes its needs.

Citizens’ Assembly  to consider best way to fund social care

The Citizens' Assembly on Social Care, commissioned by Parliament, will work together to consider the best way to fund adult social care.

Solar farm and industrial units proposal in Leicestershire

Leicestershire County Council is drawing up plans to create a renewable energy facility in a bid to create a greener energy supply in the region.

Councils should have retained business rates as extra revenue

The money councils receive from the further retention of business rates should be an additional revenue, and not replace existing sources, says committee.

43 per cent of children worried about air pollution

43 per cent of children living in urban areas are concerned about the levels of air pollution near their school.

Capita reports losses over £500 million

Outsourcing company Capita has reported losses of more than £500 million as the provider outlines plans to revive its indebted business.

New measures for children living with alcoholic parents

New plans to provide children living with alcoholic parents fast access to support has been announced by Jeremy Hunt.

Radical plan needed to combat number of vehicles on the road

The LGA has revealed that motorists in England spent more than one million years on the road in total in 2016, traveling 277 billion miles.

Report highlights council use of solar energy

The Solar Trade Association has highlighted the success of local authorities in using solar to save money and provide stable sources of revenue.

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Event Diary

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