Council delays result in elderly missing on personal care

Charity Age Scotland has warned that thousands of elderly people are missing out on free personal care because of council delays to assessments and care arrangements.

NI electronic voter registration not in place for snap election

An electronic voter registration will not be in place in Northern Ireland for the snap general election on 8 June, despite legislation being passed in December to implement the systems.

Report explores digital leadership in local government

The LGiU has found that local councillors are not ‘digital dinosaurs’ as it investigates digital technology, governance and leadership in local authorities.

New partnership to manage waste collection in Surrey

Joint Waste Solutions will oversee waste collection across four Surrey councils and save around £2.5 million a year.

Dundee council to provide EV-only parking bays

Plans to provide electric vehicle-only parking bays in Dundee in two city parks is underway.

Fleet investment secures weekly refuse collections

Adur and Worthing Councils have announced the £4.2 million purchase of 24 new waste trucks to maintain the weekly collection of residential refuse.

£1.2 billion plan to increase cycling and walking

The government has published its £1.2 billion long-term plan to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys.

Over 200,000 homes in England lying empty

Figures have revealed that over 200,000 homes in England were empty for at least six months during 2016.

OAS calls on local gov to improve school meals

Obesity Action Scotland (OAS) has called on local government election candidates to commit to transform school meals in Scotland to create a healthy eating culture.

Leeds Council backs £35m stadium redevelopment

Leeds City Council has approved a proposal which would see a third-party investor provide up to £35 million to fund the redevelopment of Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Christchurch council merger deferred following general election

Christchurch council has announced it has decided to delay any referendum on local government reorganisation following the announcement of a General Election to be held on 8 June 2017.

Councils praised for improved roadworks communication

According to Socitm’s Find out about roadworks, 2016-17 report, local authorities have improved their performance scorecard for online roadworks communication by 37 per cent.

Councils should have ‘full control’ of taxation, says think tank

Reform Scotland has called for a radical reform of local government taxation ahead of the local government elections next month.

93 per cent of combined authority positions filled by men

A report from the Electoral Reform Society has warned that 93 per cent of senior positions in the new combined authorities will be appointed to white men.

LGA highlights growing cost of chewing gum removal

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on gum manufacturers to contribute to the £60 million annual gum removal cost to councils.

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Event Diary

The first FLOODEX was a huge success with many exhibitors already committed to exhibiting again in 2017.

World of Learning will feature even more opportunities to discover the latest in learning and development (L&D) with over 100 exhibitors, The Technology Test Drive, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.