Derbyshire County Council has said it will challenge the plans to allow a Sheffield regional mayor to oversee some services in Chesterfield.

Lambeth council is set to review its security and access arrangements after council staff and councillors were subject to aggression and abuse from protestors.

Labour has announced Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham as its candidate for Greater Manchester’s first mayoral election.

A new report by Policy Exchange has suggested that relocating 25,000 London-based civil servants to local authorities and city regions would boost productivity and innovation in the delivery of public service.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to make the national minimum standard of broadband speed a law, after Whitehall pledged to give citizens the legal right to access a minimum download speed of 10Mbps by 2020.

The Scottish Borders Council is considering plans to develop existing cycling events and build on consumer demand.

Buckinghamshire County Council and Harrow Council have agreed to sign a new HR shared service deal which will cover services from employee relations to payroll.

According to the Arvato UK Outsourcing Index, the value of outsourcing contracts signed by UK local authorities in the first half of 2016 increased by 84 per cent.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to produce a timetable for action on how it intends to press ahead with extending broadband to all of the UK.

Barnsley Council cabinet members are due to vote on implementing a random drug and alcohol testing policy for employees.

Taunton Deane councillors have voted in favour of a proposal to merge with Somerset Council.

Trade union Unison has launched a petition to debate the proposal to pool local government pension funds in order to invest in infrastructure.

Calderdale Council has introduced a 24-hour instant messaging (IM) service for customers.

Blackburn and Darwen Council has approved a plan to 500 jobs over the next three years, in a bid to generate £13 million in savings.

According to a survey by GOSS Interactive, local authorities expect to deliver over two-thirds of its services online by 2019.

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