DCMS announces successful applicants to libraries fund

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England has announced that 30 local authorities’ libraries services from across the country will receive a total of £3.9 million from the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation fund.

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.

DCLG confirms 6,000 uses of community rights to protect local assets

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has cited over 6,000 uses of community rights, protecting over 4,000 buildings, green spaces and other local assets.

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.

Councils must embrace smart technology

A new report has argued that councils must become more creative and collaborative in their use of technology in order to plan for future problems.

Joint inquiry launched into UK air pollution crisis

Four select committees have launched a joint inquiry on air quality to scrutinise cross-government plans to tackle urban pollution hotspots.

Quarter of councils don’t have data protection officer

A survey by the ICO has revealed that a quarter of councils are yet to appoint a data protection officer.

Plans to build new roads will increase traffic

Road-building is failing to provide the congestion relief and economic boost promised, a new report has claimed.

LGA and PHE raise concern over poor rural health

A new joint report, published by the Local Government Association (LGA) and Public Health England (PHE), has warned that not enough is known about the health and well-being of people living in the countryside.

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.

53 crimes committed against MPs

The Met's parliamentary liaison and investigation team has reported a total of 53 hate crimes committed against MPs in the six months between August and early February.

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.

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