Two-thirds of secondary schools increasing class sizes

Two-thirds of secondary schools in England have increased the size of their classes in the past two years.

Social care pressures leaving councils raiding reserves

The NAO has found that local authorities in England are regularly raiding their reserve funds to cope with an increase in demand on services.

Council tax in Liverpool to protect social care

Liverpool City Council has stated that it is set to spend the majority of this year’s increase in council tax on services for the most vulnerable.

71 per cent of Manchester’s procurement spend is local

According to the CLES, Manchester City Council spent approximately £320 million procuring goods and services from local businesses last year.

Strong local gov pessimism about the impact of Brexit

A survey of all council leaders and chief executives has found exceptionally strong pessimism about the impact of Brexit.

Funding boost for small cloud tech businesses

Oliver Dowden has announced that a new version of the G-Cloud procurement framework will open for bids in April.

Councils seek more funding for children’s social care

Leaders from across the north west have urged the Chancellor for further funding to tackle a growing crisis in children's social care.

Cyber security boost for internet-connected devices

Companies who produce smart devices will be expected to build-in tough new security measures to boost cyber security.

Yorkshire Leaders submit One Yorkshire proposal

Leaders of 18 Yorkshire authorities have submitted a detailed and concrete proposal to government to deliver a One Yorkshire devolution deal.

5.99 per cent council tax increase in Nottingham

Nottingham City Council is set to approve £27 million of savings to balance its budget, which will see council tax increase by 5.99 per cent.

Youth offending budget cuts threaten crime tackling efforts

The LGA has warned that recent success at tackling youth crime will be threatened unless the government maintains funding for preventing youth offending.

GDPR funding call for parish councils

The National Association of Local Councils has urged the government to provide funding to help parish councils comply with the new GDPR.

Councils threatened with losing planning powers

Housing Secretary Sajid Javid warned that councils could be stripped of planning powers if not enough homes are being built in their areas.

Research Marketplace opens for business

The Research Marketplace DPS agreement has gone live, meaning public bodies can now access a range of research expertise.

Government should amend ‘affordable housing’ definition

The government should strengthen its commitment to delivering affordable housing by amending the definition of affordable housing and the viability test.


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.