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.

MoJ reveals plans for 5,000 modern prison places

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has unveiled plans for four new prisons in England and Wales, creating 5,000 modern prison places to replace old and overcrowded establishments.

Norfolk County Council fined £60k for careless data management

Norfolk County Council has been issued with a £60,000 penalty after it was revealed confidential files regarding vulnerable children had been left in a cabinet which was sent to a second-hand shop.

Durham residents vote in favour of creation of new parish counci

People in Durham have voted in favour of creating a new parish council for the city.

DfT announces £23m cash injection for hydrogen powered vehicles

The DfT has announced a new £23 million fund aimed at accelerating the take up of hydrogen vehicles and roll out more cutting-edge infrastructure.

Tower Hamlets to receive full control of powers

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said that full powers could be returned to Tower Hamlets council following a two-year intervention by central government.

Wirral Council to invest £1bn in Birkenhead regeneration

Wirral Council has revealed plans for the transformation of Wirral through a £1 billion development opportunity.

Wales councils have slowest download speeds

Figures from the House of Commons library have shown that seven out of 10 of the council wards with the slowest download speeds are in Wales.

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