Single council for Buckinghamshire welcomed

Buckinghamshire County Council has welcomed news that the government is ‘minded’ to replace its existing five councils with a single council for the region.

Support for bringing public services back in house

A new poll has highlighted support for an end to austerity, an increase in spending and for public services to be brought back in house.

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.

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.

Research Marketplace opens for business

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

Apprenticeship Levy found to be underperforming

The LGA has warned that in the seven months since the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy, there have been 131,500 fewer apprenticeships.

Javid says Dorset councils merger 'to go ahead'

Sajid Javid has announced that plans to replace Dorset's nine councils and create two unitary authorities have been approved.

Government is ‘dragging its feet’ over plastic waste plans

The Environmental Audit Committee has argued that the government has not ‘adequately acted upon’ recent recommendations on deposit return schemes.

New funding to speed up planning decisions

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced new funding to help speed up planning decisions and help the government deliver, quality new homes.

Extra council tax not enough for under-pressure services

Although many councils are increasing their council tax, the LGA has warned that many communities will still see a reduction in local services.

Hampshire County Council proposes combined authority

Hampshire County Council has written to all 11 of its district council leaders proposing one combined authority across the whole of the region.

ClientEarth win High Court air pollution case

Activist lawyers from ClientEarth have won a third High Court victory over the UK government's plans to tackle air pollution.

Core Cities leaders to meet with EU chief

Leaders representing Core Cities UK are to meet with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

Nottingham generating £20m a year from commercial activities

Having seen government funding fall, Nottingham City Council is generating £20 million a year from commercial activities.

Javid gives go ahead for ‘super districts’ in Suffolk

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has backed proposals to create a new West Suffolk Council to drive prosperity, jobs and meet future challenges.

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