Quarter of foster children placed out of council area

New figures have revealed that more than a quarter of children in care in Wales were placed in new homes outside of their county.

Small business confidence dropping

The latest Small Business Index, conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has shown a drop in confidence among small firms.

Surrey health and care organisations sign devolution pledge

Health and care organisations in Surrey have signed an agreement to integrate health and social care in the region.

Essex Highways installs Britain’s first ‘smart’ streetlights

Essex County Council has launched a trial of ‘smart’ streetlights, that offer the potential to monitor pollution and create Wi-Fi hotspots.

Emerging concerns over care home fees and funding

Families are being charged by care homes for extended periods after a resident has died, as well as large upfront fees, a market study reveals.

Unions call for a ‘long overdue’ council pay rise

Three unions have submitted a pay claim that attempts to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living.

£100m roads revival underway in Manchester

Manchester City Council has begun implementing its new five-year £100 million highways investment programme.

Welsh council in danger of setting ‘over-ambitious’ goals

The auditor general for Wales says authorities must try harder to reduce the gap between income and spending.

Welsh Government tackles zero-hours contracts

Rebecca Evans has revealed that the Welsh Government will tackle zero-hours contracts for thousands of care workers.

Council fined £100,000 after sensitive information ceased

Gloucester City Council has been fined £100,000 by the ICO after a cyber attacker accessed council employees’ sensitive personal information.

Local government needs clarity, urges LGiU

The build up to the General Election was overwhelmed with uncertainty and the results have been produced little clarity, argues LGiU.

Merged planning team for district councils

Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire District Council are close to agreeing plans for a shared planning service.

Potential impact of pest control services cuts

The British Pest Control Association is urging local authorities to ensure adequate funds are allocated to the vital pest control facility.

Falling prices lead to record boost for renewables

Lower prices for solar and wind power have contributed to new renewable energy deals across the world.

Tough measures for Tower Hamlets polling stations

Every polling station in Tower Hamlets will have police presence in an attempt to tackle electoral fraud and voter intimidation.

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