First choice primary school for majority in England

An estimated 90 per cent of pupils were offered a place at their first choice of primary school this year.

Bristol first authority to become ‘Ban the Box’ employer

Bristol City Council has announced that it has become the first local authority in the UK to become a ‘Ban the Box’ employer.

Northamptonshire appoints new council leader

Matthew Golby has been selected as the new leader of Northamptonshire County Council, having been acting leader since Heather Smith’s resignation.

Canterbury outlines plan to tackle air pollution

Canterbury City Council has released its first draft of its Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) in hopes of improving air quality across the district.

New strategy to tackle dementia in Lancashire

A new Dementia Friendly Lancashire strategy has outlined how the Lancashire County Council will address dementia between 2018 and 2023.

Waste services competition to maximise flexibility claim contested

The ESA has said that councils should use outsourcing to deliver cost savings and drive innovation in service delivery for their residents.

Defra to advise against bin fines for minor breaches

Defra guidance imminent as maximum on-the-spot fine for littering rose to £150 at the beginning April.

GMB Scotland will recommend its Local Government membership rejects the pay offer put forward by leaders at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

Poll suggests tougher measures for littering

Serco’s Environmental Services with Future Thinking poll reveals that nearly half the UK believes those caught littering should take part in community service litter picks

IFS: 100% business rates retention pilots could generate £870 million in extra funding

Pilots could help the government maintain momentum behind its changes to the local government finance system

New rules to strengthen fire testing for cladding systems on residential buildings have been published for consultation.

Older people and those with disabilities will continue to get free off peak bus travel, thanks to an extension of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme.

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Event Diary

The annual Digital Government conference will be returning to the QEII Centre, London on Thursday 24th May.

On the 16th & 17th of May, UK’s most ambitious SME owners, startup owners, creative leaders and decision makers will take part in what is being Europe’s largest business event.