Parliament approves 130 new free schools

The Department for Education has approved applications for 131 new schools, in a move which is expected to create more than 69,000 places.

Slough and Maidenhead the latest Gigabit Cities

UK infrastructure provider CityFibre are set to transform the digital connectivity in Slough and Maidenhead as they gain Gigabit City status.

Over 2,000 council staff earn more than £100,000

New figures have revealed that at least 2,314 council employees received total remuneration in excess of £100,000 in 2015-16.

SME benefiting from Campaign Solutions framework

An SME has become the first agency to secure a major campaign through the CCS's Campaign Solutions framework.

Multi-agency group formed to tackle modern slavery

A new multi-agency group organised by the Shiva Foundation, Hertfordshire CC, the Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Police Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has been formed to help staff identify and prevent modern slavery.

New motor racing legislation announced to boost English tourism

The Department for Transport has announced new laws which will allow motor racing events to take place on closed public roads in England, as part of a wider aim to boost English tourism.

Bristol City Council to implement more cuts

Worker’s rights union Unison has claimed that Bristol City Council is set to make a further 828 job cuts in order to balance the books.

Council wins term-time holiday legal battle

Isle of Wight Council has welcomed a ruling by the Supreme Courty that its decision to fine a father who took his daughter on an unauthorised term-time holiday was legal.

Councils should be given powers to jail rogue landlords, LGA says

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to shut down a housing benefit scam forcing people to live in poor and dangerous accommodation and jail more rogue landlords.

£24 awarded 13 councils for clean energy projects

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded funding to help develop clean and efficient heating systems to 13 local authorities across England.

DfT introduces new minibuses to improve rural mobility

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that community groups across the country have been awarded funding to buy new minibuses to help keep people on the move.

Councils should consider providing free condoms to reduce STIs, says NICE

New guidance from NICE recommended that condoms should be more widely available to reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Powys Council delays waste collection changes

Powys County Council has announced that plans to revise collection rounds for recycling and waste have been put on hold.

Success of parking fine appeals dependent on council, figures show

Data collated via a Freedom of Information (FoI) request submitted by the Press Association has indicated that the chances of successfully challenging parking fines varies widely depending on where drivers get a ticket.

10 per cent of councils cut social care spending by a quarter

According to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) one in ten councils have cut their spending on social care by more than a quarter.

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