Town Hall Rich List published

There were at least 2,454 council employees who received total remuneration in excess of £100,000 last year.

New guidance for councils to crack down on rogue landlords

Local authorities will receive a new package of online support as part of the government’s commitment to give greater protection to tenants.

Teacher recruitment service set to save schools millions

The government has launched a new recruitment site called 'Teaching Vacancies' where schools can advertise vacant roles.

£3 million scheme opened to regenerate village halls

A £3 million fund to improve village halls and better connect rural communities across the country has been launched.

Panel stresses Birmingham's 'serious' financial position

Birmingham's Independent Improvement Panel has produced its final report, highlighting the council's 'immensely serious' financial position.

Campaign launched to tackle electoral fraud

A new campaign has been launched by the Electoral Commission to encourage people to protect their vote ahead of May’s local elections.

£11.4bn of public spending potential in new framework

A new CCS agreement designed to give better value for money for public sector housing maintenance and security has been awarded.

Government not supporting councils to prepare for Brexit

A committee of MPs has called on the government to take urgent action to enable local authorities to prepare for the consequences of Brexit.

New register for home-educated children likely

The government is reportedly consulting on plans to launch a new register of children in England who are being educated at home.

National Living Wage increase introduced

As of 1 April 2019, 1.8 million workers will receive an additional £690 over the year thanks to an increase to the National Living Wage.

Public sector gender pay gap widens

Latest figures have shown that the public sector has failed to narrow its gender pay gap this year.

Think tank calls for outsourcing reform

Policy think tank Reform says Government should improve the rules for outsourcing, but warns against banning private and third sector involvement.

Troubled Families Scheme: LGA calls for continued funding, Brokenshire wants it renamed

The Local Government Association has called for continued funding for the Troubled Families programme after an evaluation found the scheme has helped hundreds of thousands of families.

Planning Inspectorate responds to Rosewell review

The Planning Inspectorate has responded to suggestions in the recent Rosewell Review, which called for the time taken to make planning decisions to be cut from 47 to 26 weeks.

County Councils support full baseline reset of business rates

Responding to the Housing, Communities and Local Government’s latest consultation on Business Rate Retention, the County Councils Network (CCN) has called on the government to proceed with a planned full baseline reset in 2020 when it introduces 75% business rate retention.