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Ombudsman finds councils delaying helping homeless

Ombudsman finds that problems with the way councils are meeting new housing duties are making some homeless people’s situation worse.

Better data needed to help councils combat coronavirus

Labour is calling on the government to release more information to local authorities to help contain local spread of coronavirus in future.

Majority of elderly planning applications are speculative

A new report from the ARCO and consultancy Carterwood has called for planning system to be reformed to reduce waste and inefficiency.

Government must act to stop £158m in bailiff fees

The government needs to act to prevent council tax loading £158 million in bailiff and court fees on to people who can’t pay following the pandemic.

Experiences of children must shape recovery planning

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has published a new paper on the impacts of coronavirus on children and their families.

West Midlands to trial e-scooters from end of the summer

TfWM and Birmingham City Council are leading on the development of e-scooter rental trial in the West Midlands.

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Road sector promoting collaboration and innovation

The road surface industry must reward recent funding with continued innovation and a readiness to embrace the new, believes Paul Boss

A people-first strategy for returning to work after Covid-19

Romy Hughes explores the aspects of a good strategy that companies need to think about as we begin to look at life after the pandemic

Wales: a global leader in waste management

Government Business talks to Hannah Blythyn about the 2020 ban on single use plastics in Wales and ambitions for zero waste by 2050

Covid-19 may herald a sea-change in technology

Steve White explains why coronavirus marks a turning point in councils’ approach to new technology investment

How is remote working changing the public sector?

What impact has the lockdown had on the possibilities for more regular home-working, and what technology is needed to support this?

Sponsoring foreign workers during the Covid-19 pandemic

Harry Sanders writes for the Immigration Advice Service about the current governmental advice for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors