95 UK council care firm contracts cancelled over lack payments

According to a BBC Panorama investigation, 95 UK councils have had their contract with care firms cancelled because the firms were unable to deliv

Tower Hamlets to receive full control of powers

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said that full powers could be returned to Tower Hamlets council following a two-year intervention by central government.

LGO raises concern over changes to school transport policy

The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has warned that changes to councils’ transport policies are having a negative effect on children trying to get to school.

Wirral Council to invest £1bn in Birkenhead regeneration

Wirral Council has revealed plans for the transformation of Wirral through a £1 billion development opportunity.

Waveney District Council calls for better storm response

Waveney District has published a report making a series of recommendations to improve the response to storms, after it labelled the response to January’s storm surge ‘inadequate’.

Wales councils have slowest download speeds

Figures from the House of Commons library have shown that seven out of 10 of the council wards with the slowest download speeds are in Wales.

£45 million HCA loan for Cambridgeshire homes

The HCA has announced it will provide a £45 million loan to build over 4,500 new homes at a site near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

New mayor set for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal has been agreed, with a new mayor to be elected on 4 May.

Cleaning litter from Welsh streets costing £3.5 million

A new Keep Wales Tidy survey has revealed that collecting and disposing of litter discarded on Welsh roads is costing £3.5 million a year.

Cuts leave school support services at risk

Many local authorities face being unable to meet their legal obligations to schools, the Local Government Association has warned.

DCLG introduces flexible homelessness support grant

Councils will gain greater flexibility to prioritise homelessness prevention under a new flexible homelessness support grant.

£70,000 election expenses fine for Tories

The Conservative Party has been fined £70,000 for incorrectly reporting spending on three by-elections in 2014 and the 2015 General Election.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the government will not proceed with the proposed increases in NIC for the self-employed

Leicester City Council signs new software agreement to transform operations

Leicester City Council, has partnered with enterprise software provider TechnologyOne to modernise IT and transform business operations.

Devolution hindered by endless change, IfG concludes

A report by the Institute for Government (IfG) has warned that endless ‘tinkering’ by the government in sub-regional policy has hindered the effectiveness of the devolution of powers.

Charities call for reform of bailiff procedure

A new report published today by a coalition of debt charities has called on councils to do more to prevent the use of bad practice by bailiffs.

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