New initiative to reduce rough sleeping

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed new government plans to significantly reduce the number of people sleeping rough.

Councils able to backtrack on agreed transport measures

The Campaign for Better Transport has raised concerns that the planning system is allowing councils to backtrack on agreed packages of transport.

LEP boundaries should be reshaped alongside county boundaries

The CCN has said that LEP boundaries must be re-shaped so they align with county council boundaries to improve ‘localised’ industrial strategies.

Authorities set for largest council tax rise in 13 years

Official figures released have shown that council tax levels will increase by an average of 5.1 per cent across England in 2018/19.

Legislation to reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’

Sajid Javid will introduce legislation that will reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’, which he says has unfairly affected up to a thousand businesses.

£48 million for cleaner, greener buses

The new Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme, aimed at ensuring greener journeys, has been launched by Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani.

Savings of £46 billion possible with digital business models

Developing a ‘Lego block’ approach to services could save £46 billion per annum to the public purse.

Councils to charge double council tax on empty properties

Rishi Sunak has announced new government legislation to allow councils to charge double the rate of council tax on homes left empty for years.

£36 million of funding for enhanced flood protection

Thérèse Coffey has announced that 25 new schemes will receive a share of £36 million to improve flood protection over the next three years.

Plans announced for deposit return scheme

The Environment Secretary has announced that a deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates and reduce waste pollution will be consulted upon.

Javid minded to send Commissioners to Northamptonshire CC

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced action to ensure that Northamptonshire County Council improves its financial management.

£56 million flood defence ending for Welsh coasts

Hannah Blythyn has announced a £56 million programme to improve flood and coastal erosion defences across Wales.

Half a million ‘invisible’ older private renters overlooked

Older people in private rented accommodation are ‘invisible’ in policy decisions on housing and age-related issues, says new report.

£25m to help support vital bus services in Wales

A £25 million funding boost for bus services in Wales has been announced to better support necessary bus transport across 22 local authorities.

Councils spent £43.3 million on pothole compensation claims

Cycling UK says local authorities have spent at least £43.3 million dealing with compensation claims and legal costs due to potholes over the last five years.

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Event Diary

The annual Digital Government conference will be returning to the QEII Centre, London on Thursday 24th May.