Empower counties to deal with future skills shortages, report argues

Empowering counties as strategic authorities to lead local labour strategies could ensure people have the skills to do the jobs of tomorrow, a new report says.

New strategy to boost Norfolk’s rural economy

A new rural strategy for Norfolk is to be launched at a special business event at the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham.

Majority of plastics now recyclable in Cornwall

Residents across Cornwall can now recycle the majority of plastics as pots, tubs and trays have been added to Cornwall Council recycling services.

Oxford to increase living wage

Oxford City Council has announced a new Oxford Living Wage rate of £9.69 an hour, which will take effect from April 2018.

Task force set up to tackle homelessness in Edinburgh

A homelessness task force has been created by the City of Edinburgh Council to investigate the growing problem in the city.

Khan announces next stage of London's ULEZ

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced the next stage of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone, to be introduced on 8 April 2019

New children’s mental health service in Cambridge

Peterborough City Council has overseen plans for a new service to support young people with their well-being and mental health.

Council seeks government assurance over fire safety costs

Lambeth Council has urged the government to commit funding for local authorities for fire safety work following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Majority who pay for social care won’t benefit from cost cap

Nine in 10 people who pay for their own care in England won’t benefit if the ‘cap’ on care costs goes ahead.

10,000 new affordable homes for Glasgow

Glasgow City Council has approved the draft Strategic Housing Investment Plan, which will see 10,000 affordable homes over the next five years.

One in ten council workers paid below living wage

New analysis has revealed that one in ten council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are paid below the living wage.

New Hackney houses to suit Haredi religion

Hackney Council is planning to build new housing with religiously compliant features to appeal to the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

LHA freeze risks increasing homelessness

The LGA has warned that the freeze on Local Housing Allowance LHA risks an increase in homelessness in the private sector.

39,000 households have gone into work and off the benefit cap

The number of households moving off the benefit cap and going into work has reached 39,000, up 5,000 on the last quarter, new figures show.

Cheshire councils appoint Agilisys as transformation partner

Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council have appointed transformation specialist Agilisys.

Leeds City Council builds on success of Migrant Access Project

Leeds City Council has successfully secured grant funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government Controlling Migration Fund.


Event Diary

London Calling! Register online for The HVAC & Refrigeration Show 2018

Taking place at London’s ExCeL, ecobuild is the number one event for forward thinkers in the built environment, comprising the ecobuild conference and futurebuild districts.

Hotelympia 2018 will equip visitors with products, trends and innovations to develop their businesses.