Christchurch council merger deferred following general election

Christchurch council has announced it has decided to delay any referendum on local government reorganisation following the announcement of a General Election to be held on 8 June 2017.

MPs approve snap election

MPs have backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap election, meaning the poll is set to go ahead on 8 June after.

Councils praised for improved roadworks communication

According to Socitm’s Find out about roadworks, 2016-17 report, local authorities have improved their performance scorecard for online roadworks communication by 37 per cent.

Housing pressures contribute to rising mental ill-health

A new survey by Shelter has revealed that millions of people in England are suffering mentally because of housing problems.

Half of UK firms hit by cyber breach, DCMS figures show

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has urged companies to protect themselves against cyber crime after statistics have found nearly half of all UK businesses suffered a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months.

May announces snap general election

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to calls a snap general election on 8 June.

Councils should have ‘full control’ of taxation, says think tank

Reform Scotland has called for a radical reform of local government taxation ahead of the local government elections next month.

93 per cent of combined authority positions filled by men

A report from the Electoral Reform Society has warned that 93 per cent of senior positions in the new combined authorities will be appointed to white men.

LGA highlights growing cost of chewing gum removal

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on gum manufacturers to contribute to the £60 million annual gum removal cost to councils.

Ban on councils charging for fun runs proposed

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering new proposals to ban councils in England from charging people to take part in weekend fun runs.

Councils call for input over new grammar school locations

The LGA has said that councils must have control over where new selective schools are introduced.

Oxford trials innovative new city mapping

Oxford City Council is to trial a new street mapping project that could transform services across the city.

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