11 regions bid for UK City of Culture 2021

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has confirmed that eleven areas have registered bids to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Basildon and Brentwood councils to explore shared services

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by Basildon Council and Brentwood Borough Council to work together to explore further opportunities for partnership and collaborative working.

Social care not just a concern for elderly, LGA warns

The Local Government Association (LGA), has reminded that social care is not just about providing care for elderly people, claiming bigger financial pressures on councils include providing care for people with learning disabilities.

Highland Council to introduce annual charge for green bins

Highland Council has announced it will start charging a £30 annual fee for brown wheelie bins, which collect ‘green waste’ and are emptied fortnightly from spring to late autumn.

10 per cent of councils to cut comms teams, research shows

According to research published by Pancea Applications Ltd and LG Communications and reported by LocalGov, one in 10 local authorities are planning cuts to staff numbers in their communications teams over the coming year.

Digital tech to tackle congestion in Newcastle

Newcastle City Council will extend an innovative scheme that uses smart technology to help manage traffic flow.

Newcastle sets up new radical approach to waste

A team of waste management experts have joint together to form the Newcastle Waste Commission, to tackle the city’s ‘mountain of waste’.

Use Brexit to define waste and resource policy

A new report has claimed that Brexit creates an opportunity for the government to develop a new approach to waste and resources policy.

Impact of air pollution underestimated

A new Friends of the Earth survey has revealed that only one in 10 people think their air quality is bad.

Government launches Digital Strategy

The government has launched its Digital Strategy which aims to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.

The cabinet of Cornwall Council has voted eight to one in favour of going ahead with the bid for Truro-Cornwall to be European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Birmingham CC needs bold leadership to deliver finance plans, IIP advises

Birmingham City Council’s Independent Improvement Panel (IIP) has said the authority will need 'bold and tenacious' leadership to deliver its latest financial plans.

Give councils power over polluting vehicles in cities

Plans to create less polluted cities need to go further if targets to reduce increasing levels of harmful pollutants are to be met.

Olympics inspires few to take up sport

Only seven per cent of the British public have been inspired by the Olympic games to take up sport, according to a new YouGov survey.

Labour surprised as Tories win Copeland by-election

The Labour party has lost the Copeland by-election by over 2,000 votes to the Conservative party, losing a seat it has held for over 80 years.

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