Specialist IT staff serving Glasgow City Council have begun three weeks of strike action over fears that IT services may be privatised.

Ten libraries in Swindon are set to close unless community groups volunteer to take them over, Swindon Council has warned.

In its latest report, Nesta has called on the government to ringfence £4 million to enable data scientists to sift councils’ ‘data goldmines’.

Coventry City Council has supported a bid from Jaguar Land Rover calling on the government to back plans to build electric vehicles (EVs) in the area.

A LocalGov survey conducted in partnership with Morgan Sindall has revealed that seven out of 10 councils use the Social Value Act when commissioning or procuring services.

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.

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