Westminster Council opposes phone box junk ads

Westminster City Council has raised concern over plans to install 80 phone boxes in locations across the city.

MP investigated over election expenses

According to a report by the BBC, Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, is being investigated over allegations of overspending in the 2015 general election campaign.

The National Surveillance Camera Strategy has called on councils to share information about how they are using surveillance camera systems.

Blackpool Council issues £9m loan for local hospitals

Blackpool Council has agreed to grant a £9 million loan for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's front-line services, from its £100 million business loan fund.

DCMS announces chair of social Youth Social Action Review

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has appointed Steve Holliday as the chair of the Youth Full-Time Social Action review.

Unison calls on councils to improve monitoring of home care services

Unison Scotland has warned that direct contract monitoring of social service users is very limited and that few visits are made to check service users are receiving contracted levels of care.

Campaign outlines councils’ cuts to bus funding

According to data collated via freedom of information (FoI) request submitted by the Campaign for Better Transport, £30 million of bus funding has been cut in last year alone leading to the closure of hundreds of routes.

Legislation has been proposed to abolish Right to Buy, the Preserved Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire for tenants of local authorities and registered social landlords after a period of at least one year following Royal Assent.

 Stirling Council fined £10,5000 over failure to act over asbestos

Stirling Council has been issued with a £10,500 penalty after it ignored warnings for nine years about asbestos in the basement of its Old Viewforth headquarters.

Northampton CC staff raise concern over overcrowded working conditions

Staff at Northampton County Council have said they are having to work in ‘overcrowded’ conditions due to delays moving into a new head office.

DCMS welcomes response to cyber security apprenticeship sche

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced almost 1,250 people have applied for 23 cyber security apprentice roles in three-week application period.

PAC backs full decant of Westminster during refurb

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has supported a full decant of the Palace of Westminster while major works are undertaken as ‘the most economical, effective and efficient choice’.

Liverpool councillors reject nine per cent tax rise

Liverpool city councillors have rejected a call for a referendum to increase council tax by nine per cent after the debate attracted considerable controversy.

Barnsley Council invests further £70m in Glass Works retail scheme

Barnsley Council and Queensberry have announced a further £70 million will be invested in the Glass Works, a £120 million retail-led scheme which is aimed at transforming the heart the town.

Rochdale Council’s swearing ban labelled a ‘misuse’ of power

Civil liberties group Liberty has accused Rochdale Council of misusing its power, following its introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which includes a ban on swearing, skateboarding and begging.

Southampton saves over £17,000 on tyres

Southampton City Council has saved more than 10 per cent on its annual tyre bill using the Crown Commercial Service tyres agreement.

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