Authorities to improve voting for visually impaired

Changes will now enable local authorities to use records for those with vision impairments to support participation in electoral events.

Gender imbalance causing ‘democratic deficit’

New research by the Institute for Public Policy Research has highlighted the challenges of gender equality in local government.

Roll out devolution to all of England

The government should roll out devolution deals nationally to help tackle the wide variation in regional productivity and boost local growth.

Britain’s bosses not trained to deal with a cyber attack

New government research has revealed that more than two thirds of companies say their directors have no training in responding to cyber attacks.

Joint adoption services for five local authorities

Five local authorities are to combine adoption services to increase the number of children being adopted and improve the experience of adopters.

Islington Council fined over parking ticket design faults

The ICO has fined Islington Council £70,000 for failing to keep up to 89,000 people’s information secure on its parking ticket system website.

Online resource for innovative culture investment

The LGA and Arts Council England have collaborated to create the first online resource to help councils develop innovative ways to invest in culture.

Khan seeks to boost affordable housing in London

London mayor Sadiq Khan has set out his innovative approach to increasing the levels of affordable housing in the capital.

Birmingham bin strike suspended after seven weeks

Conciliation service Acas has reported that the seven-week bin strike in Birmingham has been called off, following ‘positive’ negotiations.

Unemployment rate continues to fall

The Office for National Statistics figures show that the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.4 per cent – the lowest level since 1975.

Basildon Council to lead multi-million euro project

Basildon Council has been awarded a €600,000 share of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to enhance markets in the borough.

71,000 extra care home places needed

An extra 71,000 care home places will be needed in the next eight years to cope with rising numbers of older people unable to live independently.

Midlands Mayor presses for greater powers and funding

The Mayor of the West Midlands has met with Prime Minister Theresa May to push the case for further devolution of powers and funding to the region.

Birmingham improvement panel praises progress

The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel has reported on Birmingham City Council’s improvement progress since February 2017.

Highest number of young people in poverty for a decade

A new report has found that more vulnerable young people are living in poverty than at any time in the previous 10 years.

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