Politics and Policy

Firefighters blast Government for ‘complacency’ after the Grenfell fire

21/05/2019
The Government has done nothing to ‘adequately prepare’ fire and rescue services for another Grenfell-type fire, a firefighter union has warned.

Politics and Policy News

Investigators warn councils of ‘chameleon fraudsters’

16/05/2019

Investigators have warned councils to be wary of fraudsters as report reveals one in eight disqualified company directors avoid detection and still have active directorships.

North ‘being short-changed by HS2’

16/05/2019

A House of Lords committee has called on ministers to rethink HS2 after finding evidence that the costs of the high speed rail link ‘appear to be out of control’.

Greater Exeter to build 20,000 new homes in garden scheme

16/05/2019

The Government has announced its support for a garden scheme which will see tens of thousands of new homes built in Devon.

Most councils warn benefit freeze will make more people homeless

15/05/2019

Nine out of 10 councils believe the housing benefit freeze will push more people into homelessness, a new survey has revealed.

London Councils welcome drug dealers being jailed in ‘landmark’ slavery case

15/05/2019

Three ‘county lines’ drug dealers have been sent to prison in a landmark case using the Modern Slavery Act.

Council governance systems ‘inadequate’ for austerity era

15/05/2019

The Government has not done enough to ensure that governance systems in local authorities are suitable for an ‘era of financial pressure and rapid change’, MPs have warned.

Delay to Northamptonshire reorganisation welcomed

14/05/2019

Council leaders have welcomed the year-long delay to plans to create two new unitaries in Northamptonshire.

Housing policy putting young women at risk, study warns

14/05/2019

Young women are being forced into unsafe housing due to the government’s housing benefit policy, a new study has concluded.

Stopping youth homelessness is 'patchy' says think tank

14/05/2019

A year after the Homelessness Reduction Act, progress on youth homelessness prevention is patchy across local authority areas, a think tank has revealed.

Pledge to end 'postcode lottery' for domestic abuse victims

13/05/2019

Councils will be legally required to provide safe housing for survivors of domestic abuse under new measures announced today.

Councils call for tougher punishments for fly-tippers

13/05/2019

People convicted of fly-tipping should be handed tougher sentences councils have argued, after figures show no-one has been given the maximum punishment allowed since new guidelines in 2014.

‘Smart bins’ and tax cuts could help increase recycling rates, report says

13/05/2019

Local authorities could use ‘smart bins’ and council tax cuts to help drive up recycling rates in their areas, a new study has recommended.

Glastonbury arena to be made from recycled plastic

10/05/2019

An arena at Glastonbury Festival is to be built from waste plastic that has been recycled by Exeter City Council.

Whitehall approves South Yorkshire devolution deal

10/05/2019

The Government has approved the South Yorkshire devolution deal, which will see £900m invested in the region.

Schools ‘fear-monger’ to remove pupils, survey finds

10/05/2019

Teachers have told Ofsted that they want to see more support for parents to help them push back against the practice of ‘off-rolling’.

Housing benefits should be ‘at least’ 30% of market rates, London Councils says

09/05/2019

London boroughs have called on Whitehall to lift the Local Housing Allowance to at least 30% of local market rates for private sector accommodation to help ease the pressure on councils.

Welsh first minister backs 20mph speed limit

08/05/2019

The Welsh government has thrown its support behind a push to make 20mph the default speed limit for residential areas.

Whitehall ‘unwilling’ to help the high street, committee says

08/05/2019

The Government is ‘unwilling’ to give high streets a ‘fighting chance’ in the battle with online retailers, a select committee has concluded.

Burnham urges Whitehall to declare ‘homelessness emergency’

08/05/2019

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has called on the Government to declare a ‘homelessness emergency’.

Court rules voting provision for blind people is 'unlawful'

07/05/2019

The way in which blind or partially sighted people are able to vote has been declared ‘unlawful’ in a successful legal challenge.

Cuts to youth services factor in rise of knife crime, MPs say

07/05/2019

The local areas that have experienced the largest cuts to their youth services budgets have seen increases in knife crime, MPs have revealed.

Whitehall announces measures to safeguard elections against ‘intimidation’

07/05/2019

The Government today announced a range of new measures designed to help safeguard elections in the UK against ‘intimidation, influence and disinformation’.

Local election 2019: Conservatives lose more than 1,300 seats

06/05/2019

The two main parties suffered a bigger defeat than predicted in the 2019 council elections with the Conservatives losing 1,334 councillors and Labour losing 82 seats.

No such thing as a ‘rural transport problem’, report concludes

03/05/2019

It is ‘very easy’ to provide high quality public transport to rural communities, a study comparing approaches to transport in four countries has concluded.

Conservatives struggle at the polls as Lib Dems gain

03/05/2019

The two main political parties have made big loses in the local elections, with the Liberal Democrats and independents looking like the real winners of the night.

Voter ID plans will impact ‘millions on the margins’ coalition argues

02/05/2019

Millions of people will be denied their right to vote if the Government presses ahead with its mandatory voter ID plans, according to a call by charities and campaign groups.

Council confirms disgraced MP’s removal

02/05/2019

A by-election is to be held in Peterborough after a recall petition to remove Fiona Onasanya MP secured nearly 20,000 signatures.

Council elections: Warning over lack of progress on female representation

02/05/2019

Only 34% of all candidates running in today’s local elections are women, new research has revealed today.

Security fears after candidate addresses published

02/05/2019

Security concerns have been raised after a loophole forced councils to publish the home addresses of candidates standing in the EU elections.

Heathrow runway clears High Court hurdle

01/05/2019

The High Court has dismissed arguments against Heathrow expansion and found that the Government is free to ignore the Paris Agreement on climate action until it forms part of UK law.

Potholes in pavements preventing more older people from walking

01/05/2019

Cracked and uneven pavements are stopping nearly one in three (31%) older people from walking on their local streets, according to a new survey.

Commission warns of entrenched ‘privilege gap’

01/05/2019

The Government must take urgent action to help close the ‘privilege gap’, says the annual report by the Social Mobility Commission.

Councils accused of ‘letting down’ victims of anti-social behaviour

30/04/2019

Local authority leaders have defended their record of dealing with anti-social behaviour after a report argues that victims are being ‘let down’ by councils and the police

Over 500,000 apply to register to vote ahead of local elections

30/04/2019

Over half a million people have applied to register to vote in the upcoming local elections, according to the Electoral Commission.

Councils handling nearly half a million FOI requests every year

30/04/2019

Councils receive around 467,000 Freedom of Information (FOI) requests every year, nearly double the number compared to estimates in 2010, a new report has revealed.

Research finds 'legal aid deserts' across the country

29/04/2019

More than half of councils in England and Wales have no housing legal aid providers in their area, research has revealed.

Peers call for strategies to develop ‘under-performing’ rural areas

29/04/2019

Local authorities should develop their own strategies for realising the ‘potential in struggling and under-performing’ rural areas, committee says.

MPs call for more commitment to transport in the North

29/04/2019

A group of over 80 Parliamentarians have written to the Chancellor arguing that the Government does not have to choose between HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail because ‘we need both’.

Knife crime hits ‘record’ highs

26/04/2019

Knife crime in England and Wales rose to record levels last year, according to the most recent statistics.

Survey reveals lack of confidence in council communication

25/04/2019

Communications experts have called on local authorities to embrace the advantages of digital communications with residents.

Peers call for a rebalancing of policies ‘in favour of the young’

25/04/2019

House of Lords committee has recommended ending free TV licences for over-75s, lowering the age for free bus passes and scrapping the triple-lock on pensions.

Council threatens fly-tippers with £50,000 fine

25/04/2019

Cheltenham residents have been warned that if they continue to dump their rubbish in the wrong place at the wrong time, they will face a £50,000 fine.

Universal Credit ‘key driver’ behind increase in foodbank use

25/04/2019

The number of food parcels given out across the UK has gone up 73% in five years, according to a major charity.

Whitehall warned not to ‘roll-back’ on devolution agenda

24/04/2019

Cornwall council has urged the Government not to ‘roll-back’ from the promise of greater devolution after Brexit.

Council chiefs call for action on 'youth jobs gap'

24/04/2019

Local authority leaders have renewed calls for an integrated employment and skills service following a report highlighting a 'youth jobs gap'.

London’s transport commissioner criticised over Crossrail debacle

23/04/2019

The chair of the committee overseeing the Crossrail project has accused London's transport commissioner of 'watering down' information sent to Sadiq Khan.

Councils issue nearly 10,000 fines for ‘anti-social’ behaviour

23/04/2019

Campaigners have called for Public Spaces Protection Orders to be scrapped as new figures reveal there were nearly 10,000 on-the-spot fines issued in 2018.

Teachers ‘burnt out’ by assessments, union says

23/04/2019

Teachers and pupils are being ‘burnt out’ by the demands of assessments, the national teachers union warns.

Grayling orders councils to stop 'bamboozling' pedestrians

23/04/2019

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has ordered councils to stop 'bamboozling' pedestrians by putting up road signs using metric measurements.

City council drops £100 begging fines

18/04/2019

Southampton City Council has decided to remove its £100 fines for begging after finding the penalty had ‘little effect’.

Highways jobs

Housing Manager

Breckland District Council
£44,697-£50,879 per annum
An exciting opportunity has arisen in our Housing team Dereham, Norfolk
Recuriter: Breckland District Council

Inspector / Senior Inspector

City of Bradford MDC
£21,166 - £31,371 pa
This is an opportunity to join the Highway Maintenance team who have responsibility for maintenance of around 2,000km of adopted road network. Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Traffic Management Operative/Foreman

Balfour Beatty
Competitive
Are you a Traffic Management Operative/Foreman with Highspeed (12AB) Qualifications, looking for a new and exciting opportunity? If so read on..... Leatherhead, Surrey
Recuriter: Balfour Beatty

Cleaning Assistant

Chelmsford City Council
Grade 2 - £17,367, pro rata for part time positions
It's exciting times at Riverside Leisure Centre with a brand-new centre opening in June 2019 and we need you to get on board and help us make this ... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Commissioning Service Support Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£24462 - £25809
We are looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic person who wants to make a difference to the lives of children and young people in the borough. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

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