£4.7 billion of reallocated HS2 funding has been invested into the North and Midlands through the Local Transport Fund in an attempt to improve local connections, the Department for Transport has announced today.

The government has introduced gigabit networks to more than one million homes, businesses and public buildings with the aim to connect hard-to-reach communities.

Report suggests councils should have revenue support for their neighbourhood service provision combined with money currently allocated through capital pots into a single five-year 'placemaking budget'

Local Government Finance Settlement: Core spending power increased to £60bn

The final local government finance settlement (2023/24) has been set at £60 billion, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has confirmed.

Barnet Council brings 330 staff back in house after ten year Capita 'experiment'

Capita Re staff in trading standards, environmental health, planning highways and other regulatory services will be transferred back in house on 1 April

Unemployment figures hide 'economically inactive'

UK unemployment triples from 3.7 per cent to 12.1 per cent when including three million economically inactive people, according to Cities Outlook 2023 - the latest report from the Centre for Cities.

LGA: Vulnerable people hit hardest by cost of living crisis

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that around a quarter of adults were struggling to stay warm in the last month.

Announced in December, Levelling up Secretary Michael Gove has now signed a deal which has allocated £1.4 billion of funding over the next 30 years for the devolved North East

Councils advised to check information sharing agreements with service providers

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman complaints resolution investigation between London Borough of Ealing and the National Fostering Agency (NFA) highlights the need to check what you can and can't share.

WMCA secures £15m to tackle social housing disrepairMould

The work, which is expected to be carried out on hundreds of properties over the coming months, will be aimed at bringing poor quality homes up to the Government’s ‘Decent Homes Standard’.

Leaders pay tribute to local government guru John Stewart

Local government has paid tribute to Professor John Stewart, one of the most influential local government academics of the 20th century, after he died peacefully at home on Wednesday.

Report highlights lack of foreign investment in rural areas

Research commissioned by the County Councils Network (CCN) showed that the per-capita ratio of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in England’

Clark expects developers to sign building safety contracts 'within a month'

Government plans to enforce the Building Safety Act have become slightly clearer as the current Levelling Up Secretary Greg Clark announced that contracts to turn the Building Safety Pledge into legally binding requirements have been sent to major housebuilders

LGA calls for devolved employment and skills funding

Disjointed nature of national funding schemes makes it difficult to join up provision for learners, unemployed people, career changers and businesses, says Association

ADEPT policy paper urges government to give LAs powers to tackle net zero

Clear framework for delivery, coherent policy and appropriate long-term funding all required to meet net zero targets says ADEPT

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This year, Total Telecom’s Connected Britain is celebrating its 10th anniversary, marking a decade of networking, innovation, and collaboration. The conference is now the UK’s largest digital economy event, set to welcome over 7,500 delegates from the telecoms industry and beyond to discuss the hottest topics at ExCel London on September 11–12. 

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