Bereaved families to determine future of the Grenfell site

The government has put bereaved families and the community at the heart of deciding what happens to the future of the Grenfell Tower site.

Two new affordable housing schemes in Manchester

Manchester City Council will discuss two new housing schemes that will make affordable homes available for first time buyers.

Increasing childcare costs undermining policies

The Family and Childcare Trust’s annual survey has revealed that the cost of childcare in Britain has surged to double the rate of inflation.

Northamptonshire CC leader loses no confidence vote

Northamptonshire County Council leader Heather Smith has lost a no-confidence motion among her Conservative group members.

Waltham Forest crowned London Borough of Culture

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced Waltham Forest as the first borough to be awarded the London Borough of Culture title next year.

Coventry-based engineering firm Aurrigo

Smart Cambridge has been awarded £3.2 million to develop autonomous shuttle service as part of its public transport network.

£1.2 million for London councils to implement GDPR

Preparations for the incoming EU GDPR is costing London councils over £1.2 million to implement.

£40 million for coastal communities

Jake Berry has announced that the government’s Coastal Communities Fund has opened for bids to transform the UK’s coastal communities.

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.

Public sector employees make up third of unpaid overtime

UK public sector employees make up 25 per cent of total employees but produce more than 39 per cent of all unpaid overtime.

Brighton sets £6m social care fund in new Budget

Brighton & Hove City Council has announced a 5.99 per cent council tax increase, to help invest £6 million for its adult social care services.

Rogue landlords should face £30,000 fines

The LGA has said that rogue landlords who commit housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000 by magistrates.

Leicestershire nears LED lighting project completion

Approximately 99 per cent of low and high level street lights in Leicestershire have been upgraded to energy savings LEDs.

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.

Stalling academy plans causing problems for councils

It is taking longer than expected to turn under-performing schools into academies, causing ‘considerable variation’ across the country.

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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.