National youth groups receive funding boost

Lord Bourne has announced £250,000 to give more young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to join national youth groups.

Business case for unitary authority in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council is to prepare a formal case to replace its current two-tier system of local government with a new unitary authority.

Cities need more powers to address digital divides

A new report has argued that UK cities need more powers from the government if they are going to be able to address current digital divides.

CCS launches FM Marketplace framework agreement

The CCS has launched the Facilities Management Marketplace agreement - the first agreement under the new, simplified Public Sector Contract.

New Northern Powerhouse body announced

LEPs in the North of England will form an influential new body to support the government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse.

Road to Zero Strategy launched by government

The government has launched the Road to Zero Strategy to encourage at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030.

Raab leaves housing post to head Brexit department

Dominic Raab, who has been Minister of State for Housing since January, has been appointed as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Carillon collapse highlights government outsourcing flaws

The government's overriding priority for outsourcing of spending as little money as possible is flawed, a Common's committee has warned.

Landmark Town Deal for Greater Grimsby

The government has announced the agreement of ground-breaking Stage 1 Town Deal worth £67 million for Greater Grimsby.

Councils improve schools faster than academy chains

More schools that remained under council control have become a good or outstanding compared with those converted to a sponsor-led academy.

Government overly reliant on favourable Spending Review outcome

A new report has criticised the MHCLG for not having developed a plan to secure the long-term financial future of local authorities.

£8 billion funding black hole for councils by 2025

The LGA has warned that the government’s next Spending Review will be ‘make or break’ for local services, most of which are already under huge funding pressure.

Right time for strategic alliance, says Leicestershire leader

Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council, has said that ’the time has come to explore having a new council for Leicestershire’.

Homeless children reaches highest level since 2007

More than 123,000 children were housed in temporary accommodation in England in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of nearly 80 per cent since 2011.

Counties call for pre-Spending Review cash

England’s largest councils have warned ‘the worst is yet to come’ unless government provides counties with additional funding ahead of the Spending Review.

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