According to a study conducted by Nesta, local authorities could save up to £14.7 billion per year if they made better use of new digital technologies such as apps and online platforms.

Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) is set to receive a £1.2 billion City Deal, signed by ten local authorities in the area and the UK and Welsh governments.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned Chancellor George Osborne that further cuts to local government spending would represent a ‘false economy’.

A system that allows drivers to appeal parking tickets online has been launched by Brighton and Hove City Council.

London’s Deputy Mayor Edward Lister has urged that the localisation of business rates to local authorities must happen ‘as soon as possible’.

Councils have been granted the power to generate funds to improve local services through selling off surplus assets.

Sandwell Council has become the seventh and final council in the West Midlands to sign up to a proposed new West Midlands Combined Authority (WCMA)

MPs have rejected proposed changes to Sunday trading laws that would allow shops to open for longer than six hours.

A consultation on the re-inspection of children’s services rated inadequate has just closed, and the LGA has warned that Ofsted is ‘falling significantly short’ of helping providers to improve.

Over 100 council leaders in England have backed the government’s plans to devolve powers regarding Sunday trading hours, enabling councillors to decide the opening hours of their area.

According to a study by the TaxPayers’ Alliance, local councillors have received £699 million in allowances over the past three years.

The Department for Education (DfE) has revealed plans for a new national school funding formula to amend the uneven distribution of funding.

Communities Minister Mark Francois has announced that the UK’s struggling seaside towns are set to receive a significant cash boost of £800,000 which will be divided between eight coastal communities.

South Derbyshire District Council has rejected the proposed North Midlands Devolution Deal.

A Local Government Ombudsman investigation has requested that Bolton Council review its school admissions process, following a complaint.

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Event Diary

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. 

DTX brings together creative minds and technology practitioners with the tools needed to drive change, enhance experiences and improve efficiencies across today’s organisations.

The countdown to the Environmental Services & Solutions Expo (ESS Expo) is on! As the UK’s largest environmental gathering, ESS Expo is set to take place on 11-12 September 2024 at the NEC, Birmingham.