£30 million social care boost for Liverpool

Liverpool City Council has approved plans for the construction of three new centres for people with learning disabilities in the city.

Northamptonshire under investigation over £10m ‘claw-back’

Northamptonshire County Council is being investigated over allegations it used ring-fenced funding for public health to support other services.

Council tax to rise by 12.5 per cent in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire County Council approved a council tax rise of 12.5 per cent for the upcoming financial year.

Urgent fire safety funding needed for high-rise residents

Greater Manchester’s leaders have urged Sajid Javid to provide immediate funding to carry out urgent fire safety work to protect hard-pressed residents.

Call for evidence on cycle safety launched

Jesse Norman has revealed plans to help people walk and cycle more, as part of a drive for the UK to leave cars behind for shorter journeys.

Three policy priorities for Sheffield City Region

Centre for Cities has outlined what the new Sheffield City Region metro mayor should prioritise when they take office in May this year.

Parking fine appeals successful four times out of 10

Four out of 10 appeals for parking or bus lane fines sent to councils across the UK over the last five years have led to fines being cancelled.

Islington cleans up its act with ‘green fleet’ plans

Islington Council has revealed plans for a new 'green fleet' of vehicles that will use the cleanest possible technology and fuels.

Potholes becoming a national disgrace, warns RSTA

The Road Surface Treatments Association claims that potholes have gone from being just a local problem to being a national disgrace.

Lack of collaboration causing mental health ‘crisis point’

Too many young people are finding themselves at ‘crisis point’ before accessing mental health services because public services are not effectively working together.

Wheelchair users to get better bus access

The government says new measures to ensure that wheelchair users can safely access on-board wheelchair spaces on buses will be introduced.

Two-thirds of secondary schools increasing class sizes

Two-thirds of secondary schools in England have increased the size of their classes in the past two years.

Social care pressures leaving councils raiding reserves

The NAO has found that local authorities in England are regularly raiding their reserve funds to cope with an increase in demand on services.

Council tax in Liverpool to protect social care

Liverpool City Council has stated that it is set to spend the majority of this year’s increase in council tax on services for the most vulnerable.

71 per cent of Manchester’s procurement spend is local

According to the CLES, Manchester City Council spent approximately £320 million procuring goods and services from local businesses last year.

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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.