Recycling post code lottery leads to poor rates

A postcode lottery of different schemes has led to more than 80 per cent of waste not being sent for recycling in some areas.

Poorer areas have lost out on £1bn since 2010

Council leaders have united to campaign against austerity only for the most deprived areas of the country.

Unpaid overtime pushing public sector to ‘tipping point’

A new report from UNISON has argued that public services support staff are doing more than 40 million hours of unpaid overtime a year.

Energy efficiency: where do we stand?

Jim Clark examines the progress made in the last few years in improving the efficiency of buildings in the UK

Labour to make no more academies pledge

Angela Rayner is set to tell the Labour Party conference in Liverpool that the current school system is ‘simply not fit for purpose’.

Adult care vacancy rate risen by 22,000 in last year

New workforce figures from Skills for Care have revealed that 110,000 jobs in adult care in England are currently left vacant.

£7.5 million fund for councils' digital innovation

Councils seeking to transform their public services through digital innovation can now apply to a new £7.5 million fund.

Local government urged to consider electric or hybrid

Local authorities have been encouraged to consider replacing high polluting vehicles with low-emission ones at the end of their working life.

Council’s poor record keeping highlighted in study

An investigation into council spend has revealed large inconsistencies in how local councils keep and record information.

Local gov spending remaining with top suppliers

New research has found that, despite the collapse of Carillion, more than half of English council spending goes to a handful of the top suppliers.

Green fleet plans for Kensington and Chelsea

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has announced its ambition to convert its entire fleet to green vehicles.

New funding for social care information sharing

£1.4 million will help demonstrate how digital information sharing can improve care and support for people needing social care services.

Shared ambitions lead to shared success

Paul Bradbury explains how local government organisations are collaborating to find a smarter way of working using technology

Local authority planning: Unravelling the ties that bind

The private sector needs to better appreciate the current parlous state of local authority planning, writes Sam Dewar

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