Children’s social care rated Outstanding in Essex

Ofsted inspectors have judged Essex County Council’s children's social care services to be of the highest quality.

Shared executive roles across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Proposals to improve financial efficiency for the taxpayer across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been agreed by both the county and city councils.

Staff restructure at centre of Bathnes council plans

Bath & North East Somerset Council has outlined how it plans to meet the financial and social challenges it is currently facing.

Local government managing taxpayer money poorly

The number of local government bodies with significant weaknesses in their arrangements for delivering value for money for taxpayers is increasing.

Support voiced for a tourist tax in Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Council has revealed strong support for the introduction of a Transient Visitor Levy in the Scottish capital.

Smart traffic measures desired to cut commute times

City-dwellers are frustrated with the levels of congestion in their city and desire smart city measures to improve traffic flow.

Social houses for former service personnel with PTSD

James Brokenshire has announced that former service personnel suffering from PTSD or other mental illnesses will be prioritised for social housing.

SEN children waiting too long for EHC plan

Thousands of children in England with special educational needs are waiting too long for an education, health and care plan.

Council parking operations surplus rises by £165m

The annual surplus produced from council parking operations has risen by £165 million over the past five years, despite cuts in road improvements.

Public funerals cost councils nearly £5.4 million

UK councils spent nearly £5.4 million on public health funerals in the 12 months up to April 2018.

88 per cent of councils overspend on children’s services

133 out of 152 councils responsible for children’s services overspent in 2017-18, collectively overspending by an estimated £807 million.

Third of councils at risk of financial failure

A third of all councils in England are at risk of financial failure in the next ten years, with one in five set to be at risk of financial failure by 2021.

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