Taunton Deane councillors have voted in favour of a proposal to merge with Somerset Council.

Trade union Unison has launched a petition to debate the proposal to pool local government pension funds in order to invest in infrastructure.

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.

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

MPs have voted to renew the UK’s nuclear deterrent Trident weapons system, by 472 votes to 117.

A report conducted by MPs on the Culture Media and Sport Committee has called on BT to increase its investment in the business and improve services.

Entrepreneur Emma Jones has been appointed as Small Business Crown Representative.

The newly elected chair of London Councils, Claire Kober, has called for further power and resources to be devolved from Whitehall to London’s local government, in order to protect Londer’s public services and quality of life.

Somerset County Council has approved a deal to allow its services for adults with learning disabilities to be run by an external organisation.

Portsmouth City Council has expanded its UK property portfolio with the purchase of £12.4 million parcel distribution warehouse, near Birmingham, as part of a drive to generate more income.

The annual IT Margins Benchmarking study has highlighted that local authorities are being charged up to 11 times too much for IT purchases, as a result of excessive margins by suppliers.

Stockport Council has signed a deal with Nutanix to reduce its data centre footprint and move its information to an enterprise cloud solution.

Liverpool and Wirral councils are set to pilot a social stock exchange scheme in a bid to encourage investors to put their money into local firms.

Enfield council has enrolled IPsoft’s technology platform, Amelia, to improve local service delivery, including bettering ease of application completion and simplifying internal processes.

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