£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.

Choosing care one of life’s most stressful experiences

The CQC has claimed that choosing adult social care in England is one of the biggest sources of stress compared to other key life events.

Javid says Dorset councils merger 'to go ahead'

Sajid Javid has announced that plans to replace Dorset's nine councils and create two unitary authorities have been approved.

£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.

Councils warn of ‘fake news’ dangers

The LGA has outlined guidance to help residents sort legitimate information from councils from ‘fake news’ which can be inaccurate and misleading.

UK must improve energy efficiency of housing

The UK has the sixth-worst long-term rate of excess winter mortality out of 30 European countries.

New funding to speed up planning decisions

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced new funding to help speed up planning decisions and help the government deliver, quality new homes.

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.

Hospitals, prisons and Jobcentres to refer homeless

Prisons, Jobcentres and NHS trusts will be among the organisations that have a duty to help those at risk of becoming homeless.


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.