East Dorset District Council has voted against a plan to replace Dorset’s nine councils with two unitary authorities.

Police are investigating an incident at Aberdeen City Council, after its official website was attacked by hackers.

The Scottish Borders Council is considering a move to create a Brexit response team which will monitor the impact on the region.

Cardiff Council has agreed to support the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, worth £1.2 billion, aimed at boosting economic growth in south east Wales.

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised that the government will publish a White Paper setting out its Brexit plans, during Prime Minister’s Questions.

The Department for Transport has announced it is on the hunt for a company to design, build and maintain a fleet of high speed trains for Britain’s HS2 network, a move which is set to cost £2.75 billion.

Poole Council has scrapped plans for a £250,000 revamp of its civic centre after widespread criticism.

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the UK will not remain within the European single market, explains that remaining in it would mean ‘not leaving the EU at all’.

More than 200 authorities have opted to join the Local Government Association’s (LGA’s) Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA), set up to manage council auditing contracts.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced a series of grants totalling £4 million, which will allow museums and galleries across England to increase access, improve displays and enhance public spaces.

New plans announced by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid includes a £60 tax reform to make it easier for companies to connect more homes and businesses across England to gold standard full fibre broadband.

Council libraries should do more to encourage e-readers

A report from Better Connected, the annual survey of local authority website performance, has called on council library services to do more to make it easier for people to sign up and use their e-books, e-magazines and e-audio services.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced how its £1.2 billion of road funding will be allocated between councils across England for the 2017 to 2018 financial year.

A survey carried out by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), and commissioned by the National Trust, has revealed 72 per cent of ward councillors believe the local planning system benefits developers at the expense of councils and local communities.

Sheffield City Council has said it is considering a move to end its contract with a waste firm 20 years early, claiming the deal is no longer fulfilling its needs.

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