New start needed for cash-strapped council

Sajid Javid has recommended ‘a new start’ for Northamptonshire County Council which would best be achieved through the creation of two new unitary councils’.

£336,000 cost savings for Wirral Council

Wirral Council has announced that it has saved £336,000 since it switched from Oracle support to Support Revolution three years ago.

Hull highlights benefits of investing in culture

As part of its tenure as the UK City of Culture, the 2017 events in Hull brought a ‘significant increase’ in arts and culture participation.

Public health funding risk in worst-hit areas

The BMA has warned that council-run public health is heading in the ‘wrong direction’ with funding ’significantly reduced’ over recent years.

Accountability often broken in outsourced council services

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman warns about the issues found during investigations into councils’ management of external contracts.

Authorities invited to bid for transport funding

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has welcomed the next stages of the £1.7 billion Transforming Cities Fund to transform local journeys.

Spring Statement includes housing boost

The Chancellor has announced a number of new housing plans in his Spring Statement, including £1.67 billion for affordable homes in London.

Cherwell to pilot mortgages for self-build homes

Cherwell District Council is exploring an innovative new approach to helping local people finance self-build homes.

Tussell reveals top local government suppliers

Skanska has been revealed as the top regular supplier to local government in 2017, a new ranking by Tussell has shown.

Funnel more tax towards social care, says CIPFA

CIPFA has urged the government to funnel more tax towards social care as part of its social care Green Paper wish list.

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.

Underfunded councils prepared to sell off parks

Over half of councils in the North West are considering selling parks or finding other organisations to maintain them within the next three years.

£30 million social care boost for Liverpool

Liverpool City Council has approved plans for the construction of three new centres for people with learning disabilities in the city.

Northamptonshire under investigation over £10m ‘claw-back’

Northamptonshire County Council is being investigated over allegations it used ring-fenced funding for public health to support other services.

Council tax to rise by 12.5 per cent in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire County Council approved a council tax rise of 12.5 per cent for the upcoming financial year.

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Event Diary

The annual Digital Government conference will be returning to the QEII Centre, London on Thursday 24th May.

On the 16th & 17th of May, UK’s most ambitious SME owners, startup owners, creative leaders and decision makers will take part in what is being Europe’s largest business event.