Northampton Borough Council has apologised over its handling of a loan to Northampton Town Football Club, after a report by its internal auditor Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC), described the council’s management as ‘inadequate’.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to announce £400m of funding for a new Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund.

Oxford County Council is considering a controversial levy on workplace car parking in an attempt to cut road congestion.

The High Court has ruled that Cumbria County Council must pay a bill of £5.4 million following a dispute with a former contractor, in which it claims the work carried out was substandard.

Rotherham Council is set to recruit 40 new social workers in a bid to help reduce its agency staff bill.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has raised concerns over cuts to bus services, highlighting the reduction could isolate families in rural areas.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that post-Brexit Britain has a historic opportunity to become the global champion of free trade.

Preston Council has approved plans for Tram Power Ltd to build a pilot tram line, costing £1 million.

Devon County Council and East Devon District Council have approved plans to create a business-friendly enterprise zone.

The Local Government Ombudsman’s (LGO) Review of Adult Social Care Complaints 2015/16 has shown a 25 per cent rise in complaints about home care received by people in England.

Hounslow Council has started implementation of a digital customer service strategy, by selecting a cloud based ‘real-time’ case management system by UK based software company, Jadu.

A new report from manufacturers’ organisation EEF has advised that councils should be given financial incentives to merge, such as limiting business rates retention to combined and unitary authorities.

Lancashire County Council is in the process of considering 50 offers from community groups bidding to run services which the local authority has announced it will no longer be able to afford.

Wrexham Council is set to decide on whether to go ahead with a plan to spend up to £32,000 to procure replacement iPads for councillors in 2017.

New analysis from Glasgow and Heriot-Watt universities and the Scottish Parliament Information Centre has shown that councils in Scotland are making most of their savings from services used by more disadvantaged residents.

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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.