Children with special needs at risk of being turned away by schools, LGA warns

The Local Government Association (LGA) has cautioned that pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are at risk of being turned away by mainstream schools due to a lack of funding and rising demand.

Surrey CC quits LGA and CNN membership

Surrey County Council has given notice to quit membership of the Local Government Association (LGA) and the County Council’s Network (CCN), following the political row over the so-called council tax ’sweetheart deal’.

North East Lincolnshire Council purchases listed building for £1

North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) has reached an agreement with CPG Investments Ltd to purchase the listed Silo building at Victoria Mill for a nominal sum of £1 to bring the listed building into public ownership.

North Yorkshire CC libraries to run by community

21 libraries in North Yorkshire are set to be run directly by volunteers after the local authority’s library service has seen its budget cut from £7.8 million in 2010 to £4.3 million in 2017/18.

Sajid confirms return of full powers to Tower Hamlets

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that full democratic accountability will be returned to Tower Hamlets Council.

Westminster and K&C councils terminate Tri-borough arrangement

Westminster City Council and Kensington and Chelsea have announced they are serving their notice on the tri-borough arrangements, which aimed to drive savings and public service reform in three London boroughs.

Which? survey reveals councils with worst food hygiene enforcement

According to analysis of food safety enforcement data conducted by Which? one in every five eateries in the UK doesn’t meet food hygiene standards.

17 per cent of roads in ‘poor’ condition, ALARM finds

The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey (ALARM) has found that 17 per cent of roads are in ‘poor’ condition.

Proposals to make council webcasting compulsory

The Welsh government has announced new proposals to make council webcasting of meetings compulsory.

Council competition encourages residents to pay council tax by direct debit

South Lanarkshire Council has launched a competition offering the chance to win a year’s free council tax for those who signed up to pay for council tax by direct debit by 1 April.

LGA calls for powers to ban pavement parking

The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged the government to allow local authorities to ban pavement parking across the country to crack down on inconsiderate motorists.

LGA calls for greater awareness of modern slavery

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that people need to be more aware of modern slavery, after figures have shown council referrals of potential victims have soared by 78 per cent.

English council elections attract most electoral fraud reports

UK police data has revealed that English council elections attracted the most electoral fraud reports in 2016, twice as many as the EU referendum.

Swindon Council sets aside £600,000 to improve education services

Swindon Council has set aside £600,000 over the next three years to help improve educational outcomes set out in its Swindon Challenge strategy.

Council tax lower in Wales than England

Official statistics have shown that council tax in England is on average £171 higher than that of Wales.

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