Five warning signs of council financial stress

CIPFA is urging councils to watch for five warning signs of financial stress.

Suppliers sign up to Prompt Payment Code

32 of the biggest government suppliers have voluntarily committed to pay 95 per cent of invoices within 60 days, which is good news for small businesses.

89 per cent of council websites make transition to mobile

According to the latest survey released by Better Connected, 89 per cent of council websites now present a responsive or mobile site when accessed from a smartphone.

Liverpool chief exec steps aside after arrest

It has been announced that Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald will 'voluntarily step aside' after he was arrested as part of an investigation into alleged financial irregularities in the tendering of contracts to BT.

Belfast City Council consults on incorporation of Irish language

Belfast City Council has asked the public to share their thoughts on how best to incorporate Irish, Ulster-Scots and other minority languages into its daily business.

Cardiff City Council to double junction enforcement

Cardiff City Council has set out plans to almost double the number of junctions it will monitor for moving traffic offences, following a fall in the number of tickets issued, localgov has reported.

Road accidents biggest killer of adolescents, WHO says

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released international data indicating that road injuries were the leading cause of adolescent death among 10–19-year-olds, resulting in approximately 115,000 teenage deaths in 2015.

Road accidents biggest killer of adolescents, WHO says

Ealing Council has been named as a finalist for Digital Council of the Year at the national Digital Leaders 100 Awards, which recognises the council’s continued work in improving online and digital services to residents.

Wrong kinds of bins will not be emptied, council warns

Mansfield District Council has warned that residents using the wrong type of wheelie bin will not have their waste emptied due to safety concerns.

Thanet District Council sends polling error

It has been reported that Thanet District Council sent polling cards to 11,500 people that stated they were electing an MP for a neighbouring constituency.

Belfast Council launches £1m ‘Build a Better Future’ fund

Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell, deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, joined three leading local charities at the launch of a £1 million fund for community based groups.

West Suffolk councils to create single authority

West Suffolk councillors are considering plans to create a new single council to meet future challenges and better drive prosperity in the region.

Facebook publishes tips for spotting fake news, ahead of election

Facebook has increased its campaign against fake news, by publishing adverts in the UK press, containing a list of tips to help the public decide whether a story is genuine.

Metro mayors must support devolution agenda, think tanks says

IPPR North has called on the six elected Metro Mayors and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to unite to call for sweeping new powers over education, health and employment, with strong local checks-and-balances.

LGA unveils 10-point plan to boost local services

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on all political parties to commit to a 10-point plan to boost vital local services, build homes, create school places, close skills gaps and drive economic growth.

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Event Diary

The largest flood exhibition and conference in the world is coming to London’s ExCeL in September.

The Emergency Services Show takes place at the NEC from 20-21 September and is the only UK event for all involved in public safety.

World of Learning will feature even more opportunities to discover the latest in learning and development (L&D) with over 100 exhibitors, The Technology Test Drive, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.