Transformation

ICO launches consultation on its updated data sharing code of practice

18/07/2019
The Information Commissioner’s Office is asking organisations to have their say on its updated data sharing code of practice.

Transformation News

Grimsby receives £4m Town Deal boost

12/07/2019

The Government yesterday announced that Grimsby would receive £4m of investment to support the town’s ‘unprecedented’ regeneration strategy.

Online tool to calculate health impact of trees published

11/07/2019

A new online tool which can help councils calculate how much pollution would be removed by planting trees in local areas has been launched.

Birmingham CC to pilot ‘car free’ areas outside schools

10/07/2019

A scheme to ban vehicles from roads near schools at the start and end of the day is to be tried in Birmingham from September.

Say ‘no to ugliness’, commission tells planners

10/07/2019

Councils should 'say no to ugliness' in their planning decisions, according to a report commissioned by the Government.

Whitehall announces nearly £40m electric chargepoint investment

09/07/2019

The Government has announced it is investing £37m to transform electric chargepoint infrastructure.

Around 50 towns to benefit from multi-million pound high street fund

08/07/2019

The Government has announced the second phase of a multi-million pound fund designed to ‘transform’ high streets across the country.

Cardiff to invest £1bn in new transport system

05/07/2019

Cardiff Council has announced a £1bn plan to overhaul the Welsh capital’s transport system to prevent it from ‘grinding to a halt’.

Chesterfield Borough Council makes LEP membership decision

04/07/2019

Chesterfield Borough Council has decided which Local Enterprise Partnership it will stay a member of following the government's insistence all councils must not belong to more than one.

Think tank calls for creation of ‘investment state’

03/07/2019

A think tank has called for an end to austerity and the creation of an ‘investment state’ to help boost economic growth.

Alliance calls for voting reforms to fix 'failing' system

03/07/2019

Political parties and civil society groups have signed the Good Systems Agreement calling for reforms to the UK's voting system.

Brokenshire calls for 'new deal for local government'

02/07/2019

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has called on the next Prime Minister to publish a Green Paper on a new deal between local and central government. 

Minister announces £100,000 to boost town centres

02/07/2019

High Streets Minister Jake Berry has announced the latest round of funding to make shopping centres more attractive to business.

Leader of ‘fractious’ council seeks government help

28/06/2019

The leader of Merthyr Tydfil Council has asked the Welsh Government for help to overcome its ‘fractious’ position and financial challenges.

Policies to clean up air pollution ‘effective’, research suggests

27/06/2019

Policies to clean up air pollution in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in human exposure to air pollution, research suggests.

UK commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’

27/06/2019

The UK has become the ‘first major economy’ to pass a law to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.

The winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards

26/06/2019

From the restoration of a historic burial site to a successful and innovative road safety scheme, the winners of the 2019 Street Design Awards have been revealed.

Local authority named ‘co-operative council of the year’

26/06/2019

South Tyneside Council has been named ‘co-operative council of the year’ thanks to their commitment to the co-op principles in the face of deep funding cuts.

Birmingham to invest £778m to prepare for Commonwealth Games

26/06/2019

Birmingham is set to invest £778m to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Government has confirmed.

Liverpool gets green light to build council houses

21/06/2019

The city which built the first council houses in Europe 150 years ago is set to construct homes again after the Government lifted its ban on new building.

New toolkit launched to help councils go green

20/06/2019

A new toolkit designed to help local authorities reduce their carbon footprint and ‘trigger the wider benefits of bold climate action’ has been launched.

Welsh Government to simplify joint working between councils

19/06/2019

A blueprint for joint working between councils is to be published by the Welsh Government.

Integrating migrants could boost economy by £7bn, think tank says

18/06/2019

A think tank has called for the setting up of ‘local integration funds’ to help migrants find jobs that match their skills as part of a series of proposals to improve integration.

Millions 'wasted' on painted cycle lanes, ambassadors warn

17/06/2019

Cycling and walking ambassadors have called on the Government to provide councils with greater powers and more money to make key changes in cities.

Greater Manchester aims to be carbon-neutral by 2038

14/06/2019

Plans by Greater Manchester to become the UK’s 'leading green and digital city-region' have won backing from the Government in its new Local Industrial Strategy.

Sunak brings forward revaluation of business rates

13/06/2019

Business rates will reflect property values more accurately after a shake-up being introduced in new legislation.

London Councils welcomes ‘new era of digital transformation’

10/06/2019

The London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI) has officially launched today to help the digital transformation of public service.

National strategy to tackle inequalities in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

07/06/2019

Communities minister Lord Bourne has launched a national strategy to tackle inequality and improve the lives of gypsy, roma and traveller communities.

Auditors urges planning services to improve capacity and resilience

06/06/2019

Planning services in Wales are struggling against funding cuts and a lack of resources, according to the official auditor.

Combined authority signs £1bn waste contracts

03/06/2019

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has signed new operating contracts with SUEZ for the management of the city’s waste and resources.

Projects to develop new highways tech are launched

31/05/2019

A £22.9m programme has been launched with eight local authorities to develop new ways of building roads.

Three-quarters of councils move to insource services

31/05/2019

Local authorities are rejecting the outsourcing of services in favour of delivering services in-house, a not-for-profit local government body has found.

Companies House reforms to make detection of criminal behaviour ‘easier’

30/05/2019

The Government has launched a consultation on proposals it says will bring about the ‘biggest changes’ to Companies House in nearly two centuries.

Age of the parking machine ‘could be coming to an end’, says minister

30/05/2019

The UK is 'on verge of revolution to make parking easier', according to a government announcement.

Yorkshire purchasing authority signs deal with Amazon

29/05/2019

The YPO has signed a deal with Amazon Business to supply goods and services to public sector bodies including local authorities.

Ed Sheeran calls for public funding of 'aspiring artists'

29/05/2019

Chart-topping singer songwriter Ed Sheeran has joined industry leaders to warn that home-grown artistic talent could disappear without public funding.

City of London plans UK’s first 15mph speed limit

28/05/2019

The Square Mile in London is set to become the UK’s first area with a 15mph speed limit.

Buckinghamshire unitary authority deal concluded

24/05/2019

The Government has passed the final piece of legislation required for the formation of a new unitary authority in Buckinghamshire.

Unitary council to adopt committee system of governance

24/05/2019

Cheshire East Council is set to scrap its current system of decision making and adopt a committee system from 2020.

Top panel formed to study local impact of Social Value Act

23/05/2019

Localis has launched a research project asking if the Government is providing social, economic and environmental benefits through public procurement.

Fire safety in high-rise buildings to be reformed in Wales

21/05/2019

The Welsh Government has announced it will reform the system regulating fire safety in high-rise buildings.

£3m fund launched to support integration

20/05/2019

The Government today announced 16 projects which will receive £3m of funding to support ‘innovative’ approaches to integration.

Whitehall announces £200m ‘rural broadband' programme

20/05/2019

The Government yesterday announced that it has started to rollout gigabit-capable full fibre broadband to rural areas across the country.

Hackney publishes guide to banning traffic outside schools

17/05/2019

Hackney Council has launched a new toolkit designed to help local authorities ban traffic outside of schools at opening and closing times.

Councils sell more than 200 sites to community led housing groups

16/05/2019

A third of councils in England are supporting community led housing development in a bid to tackle the housing shortage, new research has revealed.

Think tank calls for creation of a British Investment Bank

15/05/2019

An investment bank should be set up to 'kick start a productivity revolution' after Brexit, according to a local government think tank.

Councils ‘unprepared’ for 5G roll out

14/05/2019

Mobile network operators have urged local authorities to do more to support the roll out of 5G as report finds fewer than a third of local plans make reference to mobile connectivity.

New school inspections framework to discourage ‘teaching to the test’

14/05/2019

Teachers have welcomed Ofsted's new inspection framework which pledges to focus on curriculum, behaviour and development rather than on test results.

Whitehall announces £105m boost for Northern Ireland

14/05/2019

The Government has announced a £105m package to help boost the ‘economic potential’ of the Derry-Londonderry region.

‘Shockingly small’ number of councils embrace automation, study reveals

10/05/2019

Research dealing with the adoption of new technology in the local government sector has revealed that fewer than 5% of councils have automation or AI projects underway.

Council to launch UK's first city-wide digital currency

10/05/2019

Belfast City Council has announced plans to launch the UK's first incentive-based digital currency.

Harnessing the best of the West image

Harnessing the best of the West

Ann McGauran reports on the launch of Metro Dynamics’ report making the case for the creation of the UK’s next wealth generator – the Great Western Powerhouse
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

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The June issue of Local Government News contains the full details of all the winning schemes in the 2019 Street Design Awards. From Children's Play to Pedestrian Environment, find out who has been recognised for their innovation and use of best practice.

This issue also explores how local government pension funds can hedge currency risk, how councils can best address the shortfall in school places, and an update on the number of authorities banning the use of Roundup over safety fears.

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