Cabinet decides the future of Newcastle’s parks

Newcastle City Council’s cabinet has approved a proposal for innovative plans to set up an independent charitable trust to run the city’s parks.

London council leaders seek housing freedoms

The Mayor of London and 21 London boroughs are urging the government to give the capital the investment it needs to build more affordable homes.

London councils plan £380m fire safety spend

Research has found that London councils are expecting to spend approximately £383 million to make social housing safer following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Pay cap reduces spending by £8.5bn this year

New analysis by the TUC union has revealed that the public sector pay cap has reduced spending power in England by £8.5 billion this year.

Worcestershire to launch new Social Work Academy

Worcestershire County Council is to launch a new academy for social workers in the region in the New Year.

£200m spend needed for 'high risk' roads

The Road Safety Foundation has urged the government to immediately spend £200 million to tackle its most ‘high risk roads’.

Social care measures needs to be brought forward

Measures to address the long-term reform of adult social care need to be brought forward to tackle the significant pressures facing the sector.

Report highlights FM role in combating cyber

A new white paper has analysed how organisations can better protect themselves against cyber attack by prioritising the FM role.

Government cuts hit the north hardest

New government figures on public spending have revealed that the north of England has seen the biggest cuts in spending over the past five years.

Outsourcing in public sector spikes in Q3

Local authorities and central government departments procured contracts worth £723 million between July and September 2017.

Funding for public services ‘outdated’ and ‘unfair’, county leaders warn

Millions of rural residents receive almost half of funding for their public services compared to their neighbours in England’s largest cities.

Cardiff City Council generates major savings with new street lighting system

Cardiff has taken a major step to become a smart city and reduce its carbon footprint by installing 14,000 connected LED streetlights.

Lancashire care leavers now exempt from paying council tax

Care leavers across Lancashire are now exempt from paying council tax thanks to an award-winning campaign.

Derby Nottingham Metro could bring £11 billion economy boost

Closer joint working across the Derby and Nottingham Metro area could provide an £11 billion boost to the local economy, new report says.

Council takes back control of highways

Liverpool City Council is to take back control of maintaining the city’s highways by ending its contract with Amey.

Research and development fund to get record boost

The UK is to see its biggest ever increase in research and development investment and a new fund to transform transport within city regions nationwide.

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