Wakefield Council is in talks with Carillion, Cofely Workplace and Interserve over an outsourcing deal which could mean the transferral of as many as 12,000 council staff.

Representatives from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire met with government officials on 6 August to begin discussions for the devolution of power.

15 councils across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have joined together to launch a devolution bid to the government.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced a consultation on Sunday trading, which proposes to devolve new powers to local authorities to make decisions regarding high street and super market trading hours.

West Berkshire and Reading councils have successfully challenged government reforms to the planning system.

The government has announced new legislation that will require local government staff to speak fluent English or face being barred from certain roles.

Public sector workers have been asked to give their ideas on how to save money and deliver more efficient public services in a survey launched by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Kent County Council has warned that its social services are struggling to cope with the rise in unaccompanied children seeking asylum.

Telecommunications company BT will give back £129 million to local authorities to support further distribution of superfast broadband.

Edinburgh City Council is set to sign a historic £186 million contract to improve web access across primary and secondary schools.

A new set of standardised highways procurement documents have been released by the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme that are designed to save money across the highways sector.

Research from KnowledgeBus suggests councils are paying too much for IT products, which has prompted calls for a review on local spending.

The Arts Council England has announced a £7.1 million fund to ensure all public libraries in England have free WiFi by March 2016.

Local councils in England are to be rated on how successful they are at getting young people into education, employment or training under a new ‘scorecard’ system.

Thurrock Council will end its back office contract with Serco, as the council claims it is no longer serving its needs.

Furniture and mattress manufacturers should help contribute to the multi-million pound clear-up of fly-tipping, says the Local Government Association (LGA).

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