Urgent fire safety funding needed for high-rise residents

Greater Manchester’s leaders have urged Sajid Javid to provide immediate funding to carry out urgent fire safety work to protect hard-pressed residents.

Three policy priorities for Sheffield City Region

Centre for Cities has outlined what the new Sheffield City Region metro mayor should prioritise when they take office in May this year.

Parking fine appeals successful four times out of 10

Four out of 10 appeals for parking or bus lane fines sent to councils across the UK over the last five years have led to fines being cancelled.

Islington cleans up its act with ‘green fleet’ plans

Islington Council has revealed plans for a new 'green fleet' of vehicles that will use the cleanest possible technology and fuels.

Potholes becoming a national disgrace, warns RSTA

The Road Surface Treatments Association claims that potholes have gone from being just a local problem to being a national disgrace.

Social care pressures leaving councils raiding reserves

The NAO has found that local authorities in England are regularly raiding their reserve funds to cope with an increase in demand on services.

Council tax in Liverpool to protect social care

Liverpool City Council has stated that it is set to spend the majority of this year’s increase in council tax on services for the most vulnerable.

71 per cent of Manchester’s procurement spend is local

According to the CLES, Manchester City Council spent approximately £320 million procuring goods and services from local businesses last year.

Councils seek more funding for children’s social care

Leaders from across the north west have urged the Chancellor for further funding to tackle a growing crisis in children's social care.

5.99 per cent council tax increase in Nottingham

Nottingham City Council is set to approve £27 million of savings to balance its budget, which will see council tax increase by 5.99 per cent.

Youth offending budget cuts threaten crime tackling efforts

The LGA has warned that recent success at tackling youth crime will be threatened unless the government maintains funding for preventing youth offending.

GDPR funding call for parish councils

The National Association of Local Councils has urged the government to provide funding to help parish councils comply with the new GDPR.

Councils threatened with losing planning powers

Housing Secretary Sajid Javid warned that councils could be stripped of planning powers if not enough homes are being built in their areas.

Research Marketplace opens for business

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

Highest council tax increase for 14 years

CIPFA has reported that household across England are set to see an average council tax increase of £81.05 – the steepest increase in 14 years.

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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.