Durham County Council has approved plans to terminate the 2,700 teaching assistant contracts and employ the teaching staff on new agreements with different terms and conditions.

Leaders from councils and universities will work together on a pilot project to drive local growth, re-design public services and strengthen the relationship between communities and academic institutions.

Efforts to reduce smoking in England are being undermined by black market cigarettes, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

The government has launched a consultation on transferring the powers of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) to the Treasury, in a move it claims will modernise lending to local authorities.

Members of the public across the five biggest city regions due to introduce metro mayors support the idea, according to new polling published by Centre for Cities.

Oxfordshire County Council is considering how local government can be reorganised to reduce costs and protect services, including the option to become a unitary authority.

According to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), family members employed by MPs are paid on average £5,600 more than other staff.

In a report, Civitas has urged local authorities to take on a ‘more muscular’ approach to managing ethnic and religious diversity.

Oxfordshire County Council has appointed accountancy firm Grant Thornton to identify what new model of local government should be established in the county.

Despite the government’s U-turn on academisation, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has maintained that some outstanding local authority schools could still be forced to covert to academies, if the are deemed as ‘unviable’.

Projects around the country have been awarded a share of £700,000 to restore coastal landmarks to their former glory.

The Land Registry has launched a consultation on the proposed draft Local Land Charges Rules 2017.

The chief executive of Barnet Council has stepped down following issues on 5 May’s local elections that saw voters turned away from polling stations.

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced a new £15 million fund will be made available for councils to bid for, to provide safe accommodation for people suffering mental health crises in public spaces.

According to a Freedom of Information request (FoI) by specialist lawyers Simpson Millar, over 100 local authorities have failed to produce a plan to help children with special educational needs (SEN) transition to secondary school.

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