Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to change the way local authorities help children in care.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has rejected a ‘blanket ban’ on parents taking their children out of school in order to go on holiday, following a recent High Court ruling.

Durham County Council has approved plans to terminate the 2,700 teaching assistant contracts and employ the teaching staff on new agreements with different terms and conditions.

Leaders from councils and universities will work together on a pilot project to drive local growth, re-design public services and strengthen the relationship between communities and academic institutions.

Efforts to reduce smoking in England are being undermined by black market cigarettes, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

The government has launched a consultation on transferring the powers of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) to the Treasury, in a move it claims will modernise lending to local authorities.

Members of the public across the five biggest city regions due to introduce metro mayors support the idea, according to new polling published by Centre for Cities.

Oxfordshire County Council is considering how local government can be reorganised to reduce costs and protect services, including the option to become a unitary authority.

According to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), family members employed by MPs are paid on average £5,600 more than other staff.

In a report, Civitas has urged local authorities to take on a ‘more muscular’ approach to managing ethnic and religious diversity.

Oxfordshire County Council has appointed accountancy firm Grant Thornton to identify what new model of local government should be established in the county.

Despite the government’s U-turn on academisation, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has maintained that some outstanding local authority schools could still be forced to covert to academies, if the are deemed as ‘unviable’.

Projects around the country have been awarded a share of £700,000 to restore coastal landmarks to their former glory.

The Land Registry has launched a consultation on the proposed draft Local Land Charges Rules 2017.

The chief executive of Barnet Council has stepped down following issues on 5 May’s local elections that saw voters turned away from polling stations.


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.