Transformation

Sheffield to hold referendum on ‘overhauling’ governance

24/09/2019
Sheffield City Council has confirmed that a referendum on its governance arrangements will go ahead after a petition called for a radical overhaul of the way the council does business.

Transformation News

Oxfordshire councils launch ‘bold’ plans for tackling congestion

19/09/2019

Local authorities in Oxfordshire have announced new plans for reducing congestion on all major routes into Oxford.

Whitehall launches £95m high street fund

16/09/2019

The high streets that will benefit from a £95m Government fund have been identified.

Full-fibre and 5G could boost council revenue by £10,000

13/09/2019

Investing in full-fibre and 5G could increase a local authority’s revenue intake by £10,000, new research suggests.

Whitehall commits to new wave of devolution deals across the Midlands

13/09/2019

The publication of a new Midlands Engine Strategy has been brought forward, signalling a commitment from Government for new devolution deals across the Midlands.

PM urged to invest over £45m in the Midlands rail network

12/09/2019

The Prime Minister has been urged to get behind a multi-billion pound plan to ‘supercharge’ the Midland’s economy by reforming its rail network.

Retailers urged to ‘assess-challenge-check’ customers buying knives

11/09/2019

Shops are being urged to take more care in who they sell knives to as part of an effort to crack down on knife crime.

Think tank calls for radical reform of children’s services

10/09/2019

A radical new approach to children’s services is needed to avert the growing crisis, a think tank has warned today.

APSE to launch Local Government Commission

10/09/2019

A new commission to develop a practical vision for local government in 2030 will be launched by APSE later this month.

HS2 proposals could bring £1.4bn of benefits, Midlands transport body says

09/09/2019

New plans submitted to the review of the controversial HS2 scheme propose directly connecting the city centres of Birmingham and Nottingham and Leicester and Leeds with high speed trains.

Tower Hamlets appoints Sustrans for first wave of new school streets

06/09/2019

East London borough Tower Hamlets has launched a scheme to create 50 streets where traffic is diverted away from school gates.

Derbyshire considers new joint ventures with Suffolk

05/09/2019

Derbyshire County Council is considering plans to set up two joint ventures with Suffolk County Council.

Council to pilot electric bin lorries powered by waste

04/09/2019

Electric bin lorries that are powered by the waste they have collected will be trialled by Sheffield City Council.

UK's first bat-friendly street lights are switched on

03/09/2019

New LED lighting that emits a red glow to provide a bat friendly crossing has been completed in Worcestershire.

Councils demand power to tackle rogue lorry drivers

02/09/2019

Councils are calling for the power to fine rogue lorry drivers who flout weight restriction limits.

New rules to increase housing deal transparency

02/09/2019

Councils will be legally required to publish deals with housing developers after new rules were introduced.

Blue Badges offered to people with non-visible disabilities

30/08/2019

The Government has today implemented the expanded Blue Badge scheme which will now include people who have non-visible disabilities.

Greater Manchester to invest over £14m in ‘digital transformation'

29/08/2019

Greater Manchester is set to see £14.3m invested into digital transformation which aims to allow the safe and secure sharing of health-related information.

Resignations at Sheffield Council in support of referendum

28/08/2019

Two Sheffield City Council cabinet members, including the deputy leader, and four cabinet assistants have resigned in support of radically overhauling the way the council does business.

Council finds 500-year-old stolen clock

28/08/2019

West Suffolk Council has located an antique clock after it was stolen during a break in nearly six decades ago.

Council hits carbon reduction target early

28/08/2019

Herefordshire Council has hit its 2020 carbon reduction target early, an outcome the authority says shows their ‘commitment to tackling the climate emergency’.

Whitehall consults on plans to simplify planning rules for 5G roll-out

27/08/2019

The Government has launched a consultation on proposals to simplify planning rules for mobile infrastructure to support the roll-out of 5G across the country.

Commissioner appointed to oversee council’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services

27/08/2019

The Government has appointed a commissioner to improve Medway Council’s children’s services after Ofsted rated them ‘inadequate’.

Northants gives green light to 17 community-run libraries

23/08/2019

Northamptonshire County Council has approved the business cases of 17 community-run libraries as part of a plan to safeguard the future of the authority’s library service.

Campaigners warn of ‘democracy deserts’

22/08/2019

There were 17 councils where the party getting the most votes in May’s local elections did not get the most councillors, electoral reform campaigners say.

County council’s trading standards team seizes £23m of unsafe items

21/08/2019

A trading standards team in Suffolk has seized nearly one million unsafe consumer items at the Port of Felixstowe.

Whitehall warned not to ‘scrap’ HS2 as review announced

21/08/2019

The Government has announced an independent review into ‘whether and how’ the HS2 programme should proceed.

City of London publishes UK’s ‘first’ wind microclimate guidelines

20/08/2019

The City of London has published the UK’s first wind microclimate guidelines for new development proposals in the Square Mile in an effort to keep cyclists safe.

Councils urged to apply for £7.5m digital innovation fund

19/08/2019

The Government has invited local authorities to apply for funding to help explore how digital technology can boost frontline services.

New partnership to help Welsh councils build affordable housing

16/08/2019

The Welsh government has partnered with a membership body for housing professionals in an effort to help councils build more affordable housing in Wales.

Glasgow council launches car-free zones around schools

16/08/2019

Glasgow City Council is trialling car free zones to improve road safety and reduce harmful emissions outside of six of the city’s primary schools.

Council proposes £120m scheme to upgrade Liverpool’s ‘flawed’ junction

15/08/2019

Liverpool City Council has submitted proposals to the Government outlining its plans to radically redesign one of the city’s major junctions as part of a wider bid to boost transport in the North.

Welsh council trials ‘less expensive’ pothole repair method

14/08/2019

A trial of a new plastic-based substance to help councils fix potholes has found that it could be faster, cleaner and less expensive.

Think tank calls for fuel duty rise to tackle pollution

12/08/2019

A think tank has called for tough action to tackle air pollution, particularly from road transport, including higher fuel prices and a default 20mph urban speed limit.

Watchdog warns millions of people at risk of mobile signal ‘blackouts’

09/08/2019

Eight in ten areas in the UK suffer from patchy 4G mobile coverage, new research from Which? has revealed.

Government welcomes plans to create West Midlands national park

08/08/2019

Whitehall has welcomed proposals to create a new West Midlands urban national park that would span more than seven cities and open up hundreds of miles of green space.

Northants to cut out-of-area placements with £151k children’s home

07/08/2019

Northamptonshire County Council has decided to open up a new children’s home in a bid to reduce the number of children being placed outside of the county.

Combined authority launches West Yorkshire’s ‘largest’ electric vehicle charging network

05/08/2019

The first of 88 chargepoints will go live this week in what is set to be West Yorkshire’s largest electric vehicle rapid-charging network.

Brentwood Council signs £1bn joint venture

02/08/2019

A £1bn joint venture to deliver new homes, public spaces and local facilities has been agreed between Brentwood Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments.

Birmingham CC and Capita ‘dissolve’ long-standing partnership

02/08/2019

Birmingham City Council has announced that its 13 year joint venture with Capita has been ‘largely ended’, reportedly saving taxpayers £44m.

Free-trade zones to ‘turbocharge’ investment, Whitehall claims

02/08/2019

The Government has invited ports and airports across the UK to bid to become one of 10 new free trade areas in a move it argues will boost post-Brexit trade.

Council charity to run Hertfordshire's libraries

02/08/2019

Hertfordshire County Council is set to save £500,000 in business rates by transferring its libraries to a charity it set up for the purpose.

Over half of councils declare ‘climate emergency’

31/07/2019

More than half of UK councils have committed to reducing carbon emissions by declaring a 'climate emergency'.

Liverpool submits £230m ‘Green City Deal’

30/07/2019

The mayor of Liverpool has submitted a proposal to the new prime minister for a £230m Green City Deal to tackle climate change and boost the economy.

Nottingham Council to supply its own water

26/07/2019

Nottingham City Council is set to become the first council to run its own water services in-house, saving an estimated £64,000 a year.

London boroughs eye £750 workplace parking charge

25/07/2019

Several London boroughs are considering introducing workplace parking levies (WPLs) of at least £750 a year to cut pollution and encourage active travel.

Brokenshire tells house builders to ‘protect wildlife’

22/07/2019

The communities secretary James Brokenshire has published new guidance to help developers do more to protect wildlife.

Labour pledges to end outsourced council services

22/07/2019

The biggest local government union has welcomed plans by the Labour Party to reverse the outsourcing of council services.

Campaigners call for new definition of 'affordable' housing

19/07/2019

Many families living in the countryside could have their rents cut in half if the definition of 'affordable' housing were changed, according to campaigners.

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.

Councils urged to bid for housing advisory scheme

18/07/2019

A programme offering expert advice on how local authorities can best tackle housing shortages in their areas has been launched for the third year in a row.

Highways jobs

Air Quality Monitoring Project Manager

Birmingham City Council
£34,788 - £42,683
Seeking a skilled and dedicated individual with a background in environmental protection and air quality to... Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council

Recycling Operative

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£21,188 - £25,675 depending on skills
Are you looking for an opportunity where your health and well-being will be promoted? London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Home Improvement Agency Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£29,636 - £33,799 per annum
Have you got experience working with Aids and Adaptations? If so we have an exciting opportunity. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Health & Safety Lead Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£34,788 - £39,782 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity to join Sandwell’s corporate Health and Safety Unit. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Co-opted Governor - Joseph Turner Primary School

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
No Salary
If you care about the education children receive, you can make an important contribution to your local community by becoming a school governor. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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