Sunderland CC finishes transfer of children’s services

Sunderland City Council has completed the transfer of its children’s services to a new company, after it received an ‘inadequate’ rating by Ofsted back in July 2015.

Brexit must lead to legislative freedom for councils, LGA says

The Local Government Association (LGA) has advised that Brexit must lead to ‘new legislative freedoms and flexibilities’ for councils, in a response to the Great Repeal Bill.

North East Lincolnshire Council purchases listed building for £1

North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) has reached an agreement with CPG Investments Ltd to purchase the listed Silo building at Victoria Mill for a nominal sum of £1 to bring the listed building into public ownership.

North Yorkshire CC libraries to run by community

21 libraries in North Yorkshire are set to be run directly by volunteers after the local authority’s library service has seen its budget cut from £7.8 million in 2010 to £4.3 million in 2017/18.

Sajid confirms return of full powers to Tower Hamlets

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that full democratic accountability will be returned to Tower Hamlets Council.

Westminster and K&C councils terminate Tri-borough arrangement

Westminster City Council and Kensington and Chelsea have announced they are serving their notice on the tri-borough arrangements, which aimed to drive savings and public service reform in three London boroughs.

CMA highlights benefits of digital comparison tools

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a paper on its market study into digital comparison tools (DCTs), exploring the tools’ increasing use in helping people decide what to buy.

Proposals to make council webcasting compulsory

The Welsh government has announced new proposals to make council webcasting of meetings compulsory.

PAC calls for more action on improving CCS

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has advised that the government can make substantial savings from buying common goods and services centrally, but that the results of the its latest attempt to do so have been ‘disappointing’.

English council elections attract most electoral fraud reports

UK police data has revealed that English council elections attracted the most electoral fraud reports in 2016, twice as many as the EU referendum.

LGA to work with Design Council to tackle social issues

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a 16-week programme in partnership with the Design Council to support six local authorities in London with inventing workable solutions to high priority issues affecting their local communities.

Christchurch Council supports referendum proposal

Christchurch Borough Council has voted in favour of a proposed referendum on local government reorganisation in Dorset.

Edinburgh City Council criticised over advertising scheme

Edinburgh City Council has been criticised for the way it handled complaints about a poster advertising scheme, introduced in 2003.

Industry strategy must focus more on local environment, Localis urges

A new report by Localis has argued for an industrial strategy which provides local areas the support and space to lead from the front in their economic renewal.

More powers returned to Rotherham Council

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed the return of further powers to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, two years after the government took over the running of services.

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Event Diary

The first FLOODEX was a huge success with many exhibitors already committed to exhibiting again in 2017.

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.