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Report explores how public donations could protect future of parks

18/07/2019
Charitable donations could help protect the future of the UK’s parks and green spaces, a new report has found.

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Sheffield CC drops £1bn China deal

10/07/2019

Sheffield City Council is hoping to maintain business links with a Chinese construction firm despite a £1bn deal being dropped.

‘Well-run’ council faces £15m budget gap

10/07/2019

A council claiming to be one of the best-managed in the country has warned it must have more Government money if it is to provide a 'decent level of services'.

London councils call for delay of funding ‘overhaul’ until after Brexit

09/07/2019

A group of local authorities have called on the Government to delay the overhaul of how councils are funded until uncertainty over Brexit lifts.

Court date set for councils' £2bn tax dispute with NHS trusts

08/07/2019

A court date has been set for the long-running legal dispute between councils and NHS trusts over rates relief.

Funding cuts could have paid for eight million pothole repairs, council chiefs say

08/07/2019

Council leaders have called for more cash after calculating money cut from road funding budgets over the last decade could have fixed millions of potholes.

Councils face losing £5.3bn EU funding in just 18 months

05/07/2019

More than £5bn in regional aid funding will run out in 18 months, councils leaders have warned.

Council to refund hundreds of incorrect parking fines

04/07/2019

Hundreds of parking fines are to be repaid after a council discovered it had imposed them on motorists using free car parks.

Crisis-hit Northants delivers balanced budget with £4.5m underspend

03/07/2019

Northamptonshire County Council yesterday announced it had delivered a balanced budget for this financial year with an underspend of £4.5m.

Nearly £400m to be invested along the English and Scottish border

02/07/2019

Just under £395m is to be invested into five local authority areas on both sides of the border between England and Scotland, Whitehall and Holyrood say.

One in three councils fear funding for legal duties will 'run out’

02/07/2019

A third of councils fear they will run out of funding to provide statutory services, such as adult social care, by the end of this Parliament, survey reveals.

MPs call for five-year funding to tackle 'plague of potholes'

01/07/2019

Councils should receive a front-loaded, five-year funding settlement to repair local roads, MPs have argued today.

Birmingham City Council and Amey reach £300m deal

01/07/2019

Birmingham City Council has reached an agreement with Amey which will allow the outsourcing company to buy its way out of its highways contract for £300m.

Councils set to make £1bn profit from parking

01/07/2019

Local authorities in England are predicting that they will make £913m of profit from their parking activities this financial year, although the real figure might be nearer £1bn.

Councils save over £1bn by sharing services, council chiefs say

26/06/2019

More than a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money has been saved by councils sharing services, the Local Government Association has calculated.

EXCLUSIVE: Victory on variation

26/06/2019

The Treasury’s view of children’s services has been dealt a further blow after research linked 70% of spend variation to factors outside councils’ control.

Post-Brexit free trade zones could ‘rebalance the economy’, think tank claims

25/06/2019

Whitehall should establish free trade zones in most deprived areas after Brexit in order to incentivise growth and rebalance the economy, think tank argues.

Government announces £155m of loans to build housing

25/06/2019

Loans worth £155m have been announced to create 660 new homes in Wimbledon and Southampton.

‘Unlawful’ council-owned cafe racks up £234,000 of debt

20/06/2019

Auditors have criticised Connah’s Quay Town Council for failures in decision making and internal control in relation to its opening of a local cafe.

Manchester’s rough sleeping scheme secures NHS funding

20/06/2019

NHS in Greater Manchester has agreed to allocate £1.5m to help tackle rough sleeping and homelessness across the region.

Heritage projects given £100m funding boost

19/06/2019

The National Lottery has announced plans to hand out funding to big projects over the next three years totalling £100m.

Councils urged to work with credit unions to prevent homelessness

17/06/2019

Councils could save millions of pounds by partnering with credit unions to offer interest free loans to families at risk of eviction, a new study has found.

Kier to cut 1,200 jobs and ditch housing division

17/06/2019

Kier Group is to cut around 1,200 jobs and make savings of £55m over the next two years, amid a planned sell-off of many of its commercial interests.

Amazon awarded £460m in public sector contracts since 2015

14/06/2019

A contract awarded to Amazon by a local government purchasing organisation is the biggest in the UK public sector, according to new research.

Two councils given funding to help women back to work

13/06/2019

Seven successful projects to be given funding to help support women and carers back return to work have been named.

Poorest areas could lose billions after Brexit, campaigners warn

11/06/2019

The poorest areas of Britain could lose billions of pounds in post-Brexit funding, campaigners have warned.

Malthouse announces £142m infrastructure investment

11/06/2019

Thousands of new homes will be built in two areas as a result of £142m investment in infrastructure, housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced.

Welsh public sector could lose up to £1bn a year to fraud

11/06/2019

Welsh public services could lose up to £1bn a year to fraud, a new report has warned today.

Councils exposed following Kier profit warning

06/06/2019

Local authorities are heavily exposed to struggling construction giant Kier which faced a huge fall in its share price this week, according to the latest figures.

NAO to wade into fair funding review

05/06/2019

The National Audit Office (NAO) is gearing up to scrutinise the Government’s divisive fair funding review, The MJ can reveal.

Cornwall secures Spaceport funding

05/06/2019

Cornwall is set to be home to Europe’s first 'horizontal launch' spaceport.

Mayor calls for creation of 'free trade zones' in city centres

05/06/2019

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has called for a 'wholesale review' of the business rates system to save struggling high streets.

Platform launches fund to help councils crowdsource for ‘green’ projects

04/06/2019

A finance platform has invited councils to apply for grants to pilot new Community Municipal Bonds for raising finance for 'green' infrastructure projects.

Government pays £15m to councils after business rate 'error'

03/06/2019

The Government may have to pay out up to £15m to councils after it made yet another error in its business rate pilot administration.

Khan launches £100m SME investment fund

31/05/2019

The mayor of London yesterday launched the largest ever fund for small and medium enterprises, which includes £14m to support the transition to a circular economy.

Campaigners deliver petition to tackle crisis in special needs education

31/05/2019

Teachers and campaigners have launched a call for more funds to pay for special needs education.

Council funding system ‘unsustainable’, financial experts warn

29/05/2019

Spending on local services has fallen over the last decade and the funding available to councils will become ‘inadequate’, according to financial experts.

Council tax is ‘regressive’, financial experts say

28/05/2019

Council tax hits the poorest residents much harder than it does the wealthiest, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Council tax guide published to protect ‘vulnerable’

28/05/2019

The Government has published a council tax guide to help protect ‘vulnerable households’.

British Steel’s financial troubles could cost councils nearly £3m

22/05/2019

Local authorities could lose £2.8m in business rates should British Steel go into administration, a real estate company has calculated.

Councils warn of ‘draconian’ cuts to cover £50bn funding gap

22/05/2019

Local authorities have warned that they may be forced to resort to the ‘bare minimum’ of service provision if no extra funding is made available.

£62m fund to regenerate historic high streets

20/05/2019

The culture secretary has said that a new £62m fund will ‘breathe new life’ into historic high streets across the country.

Fund launched to plant 130,000 urban trees

20/05/2019

The environment secretary Michael Gove has announced a £10m fund to help encourage the planting of over a hundred thousand trees in urban areas across England.

Council criticised for ‘sitting on’ £2.65m of developer contributions

17/05/2019

City of Edinburgh Council has been criticised for ‘sitting on’ £2.65m worth of contributions from the backers of large construction projects.

Council tax system needs 'fundamental reform'

16/05/2019

The council tax system is ‘highly regressive and unsustainable,’ and needs ‘fundamental reform,’ progressive think-tank IPPR has argued.

Grayling calls on councils to apply for green transport funding

16/05/2019

Chris Grayling has urged more local authorities to apply for funding earmarked for investment into ecologically sustainable transport projects.

Councils ‘in the dark’ over youth service funding

15/05/2019

Local authority leaders have warned that councils ‘remain in the dark’ over youth service funding that helps tackle knife crime and county lines drug dealing.

Councils call for extra funding to tackle illegal knife sales

15/05/2019

The prosecution fund to help councils tackle illegal knife sales needs urgent investment, town hall chiefs have warned.

Sixth form funding declines ‘substantially’, think tank warns

13/05/2019

Education funding for 16 to 19 year olds has ‘declined substantially’ over the last decade, new research has revealed.

Debenhams’ CVA to cost councils £8.5m in rates

13/05/2019

Local authorities are set to lose millions of pounds worth of business rates due to Debenhams financial difficulties, ratings experts say.

London council budgets slashed 17% over last decade

13/05/2019

London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth – or 17% – per head over the last eight years, a new study has revealed.

Highways jobs

Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Children’s x4

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - 25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering new advocate team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Solicitor/Barrister Governance Principal Business Lead

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - £25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering legal team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Employment Solicitor/Barrister Advocate

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - £25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering new advocate team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Criminal

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - £25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering new advocate team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Transportation Planning Officer x2

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band F, SCP 26-31 (£29,636 – £33,799 per annum) (£15.36 - £17.52 per hour)
The post holders will be part of a team developing transport policy encompassing all modes of travel Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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