Transformation

Council chiefs insist waste reforms must be ‘fully funded’

18/02/2019
Local authority leaders have welcomed plans to ‘overhaul’ the waste system, but cautioned Whitehall that any reforms need to be fully funded.

Transformation News

Historical guildhall to undergo first ‘major restoration’ in decades

11/02/2019

York's Guildhall, one of the city’s most historically significant buildings, could be in line for its first major restoration in more than 60 years.

Brokenshire announces plans to improve integration

11/02/2019

The Government has announced new measures to help immigrants integrate with their communities.

Housing crisis forces millennials to move back in with parents

08/02/2019

Young adults are increasingly moving back in with their parents due, in part, to the the national housing shortage, research suggests.

London boroughs announce new joint digital strategy

07/02/2019

Kingston and Sutton councils have announced a new joint digital strategy that will help the boroughs become ‘better connected through technology’.

Intelligent connectivity for intelligent healthcare

07/02/2019

To deliver the digital ambitions of the NHS and deal with the increasing demand on health services requires intelligent connectivity, argues Keiron Salt.

Local government outsourcing fell by more than £80m in 2018

06/02/2019

The total value of outsourcing contracts agreed by councils in 2018 fell by more than £80m in 2018, according to the Arvato UK Outsourcing Index.

Call for tourism tax review

05/02/2019

An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.

London ICT Framework

04/02/2019

There are hundreds of frameworks to choose from, helping your organisation to procure anything from office supplies to cloud services. But if you’re based in the capital, you might want to consider the BT London ICT Framework.

Cheshire East comes top in national library survey

01/02/2019

Cheshire East is celebrating once again taking the top spot in a national survey of library services.

125 years and the issues remain the same

01/02/2019

Spending time poring over issues of The MJ from the past 125 years it is remarkable how much things change and yet they remain the same, says Heather Jameson.

Multi-million funding boost to prevent potholes

31/01/2019

The Government has announced a £23m funding boost to develop new technology that can stop potholes from forming.

Funding deal agreed to build homes on London's rooftops

31/01/2019

The Government has backed a project to build rooftop properties in London on the top of existing buildings.

Around £2bn of clean energy projects ‘stuck’ due to lack of funds

30/01/2019

A ‘temperature check’ survey has identified an estimated £2bn worth of council clean energy projects that are struggling to progress due to underfunding.

Glasgow could move council offices to regeneration areas

30/01/2019

Plans to move council offices from the city centre to key regeneration sites are being considered by Glasgow City Council.

Third district joins legal action against Bucks unitary plan

28/01/2019

A third council has announced it will be taking legal action against the proposed new unitary council for Buckinghamshire.

Whitehall makes £50,000 available for high streets

25/01/2019

Communities across the country can bid for up to £50,000 to help make local areas more attractive for business, the high streets minister has announced.

Developer announces plans to build 800 homes in Yorkshire

25/01/2019

Plans for 800 new homes in the East Riding of Yorkshire on a site as big as 50 football pitches have taken a step forward.

Holyrood urged to promote gender equality in education

25/01/2019

The Scottish government is being urged to establish a new commission to promote equality for girls and women in education.

Rural councils should get the chance to influence voter ID rollout

24/01/2019

Voter ID pilots due to take place across 11 councils this year will help provide an insight into the best way to ensure the integrity of the voting process in the future, says Paul Shevlin.

Report sets out how to make selective licensing more effective

24/01/2019

Selective licensing schemes are helping to tackle dangerous properties but they could be more effective if the Government introduced some simple measures.

Place jobcentres next to council services, London boroughs urge

24/01/2019

Jobcentre support should be placed alongside council services to help tackle long-term unemployment and in-work poverty, London Councils have said today.

Coastal landmarks receive £1m in Whitehall funding

23/01/2019

The Government has announced £1m of funding to help restore coastal assets and landmarks to their ‘former glory’.

Nottingham sets sights on being UK’s first carbon neutral city

23/01/2019

Nottingham City Council has set itself an ambitious target of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral city by 2028.

Council investigates using ‘smart’ cars to detect potholes

22/01/2019

Oxfordshire County Council could be rolling out ‘smart’ cars to help detect potholes quickly.

Council chiefs call for more funding to tackle domestic abuse

22/01/2019

Local government leaders say they support Whitehall’s new measures aimed at tackling domestic abuse, but add that they must be fully funded.

Poverty and the digital divide

22/01/2019

Phil Walker explores how councils can help close the digital attainment gap for children living in poverty.

Barking and Dagenham launches green energy company

21/01/2019

A London borough has today launched its own greener energy provider which it argues will save residents money.

BT Customer Experience Centres

18/01/2019

Visit us to discover how our infrastructure and intelligence can transform your organisation.

Be the talk of the town (hall)

17/01/2019

The way we talk about councils really matters, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West – and it’s time to speak up for local government and reclaim the powerful origins of the word ‘municipal’.

Education watchdog calls time on ‘teaching to the test'

16/01/2019

Ofsted says it is moving away from its focus on performance data as the watchdog launches a consultation on proposals for changes to its inspection framework.

Police arrest 55 in connection with child sex abuse cases

15/01/2019

Police have arrested 55 men in connection with historical child sex abuse cases in West Yorkshire.

The growing impact of civic tech

15/01/2019

Mark Cridge explains how civic tech can give councils better outcomes and enhance civic participation for millions of people.

Whitehall announces £1.5m for Midlands digital map

14/01/2019

Local authorities across the Midlands will benefit from a new digital map which will identify the best investment and regeneration opportunities across the area.

York invests nearly £2m to improve air quality

10/01/2019

City of York Council plans to invest £1.6m in order to reduce the exhaust emissions from local bus services.

Councils to save £90,000 by sharing top staff

10/01/2019

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils have announced plans to share more of their top personnel in order to make efficiency savings.

Think tank calls for ‘major rethink’ of electric vehicles roll out

10/01/2019

The roll out of infrastructure for electric vehicles risks exacerbating the divide between rich and poor, creating ‘a tale of two cities’ in urban centres, a think tank has warned.

Bromley children’s services undergo ‘remarkable’ improvements

09/01/2019

Bromley council are ‘extremely proud’ after Ofsted rated their children’s services, which were ‘inadequate’ two years ago, ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ leadership.

Public back Edinburgh’s ‘tourist tax’

09/01/2019

A consultation has revealed 85% of people strongly support the introduction of a ‘tourist tax’ in Edinburgh.

The true value of digital

08/01/2019

Digital technology can make a huge impact in both reducing social care costs and improving the quality of care says Phil Brunkard, chief information officer, local government and health, BT.

Boost for use of digital technology in social care promises brighter future for users

08/01/2019

Councils across the country are already using digital technology in a variety of ways to improve and support services for elderly and vulnerable groups, and the Government wants to see an even wider take-up of the range of technology available. Paul Dinsdale reports.

Care chiefs raise concerns over poor data sharing with NHS

08/01/2019

Less than a quarter of local authority chief executives and social care directors regard their relationship with the NHS as good with data sharing being a particular problem, according to a survey by The MJ and BT.

Stoke-on-Trent announces £40m housing partnership

08/01/2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced it is to undertake a major £40m regeneration programme in order to deliver hundreds of affordable houses.

Commission outlines need for more than three million new social homes

08/01/2019

More than three million new social homes are needed to tackle the housing crisis over the next 20 years, according to a new report from Shelter’s independent social housing commission.

Burnham launches plan to make Greater Manchester an ‘ambitious hub’

07/01/2019

Greater Manchester’s leaders are today announcing ‘radical plans’ to deliver more affordable housing and better transport across the region.

We need to give more attention to our middle management and frontline teams

04/01/2019

If we want to land changes across our organisations then we have to take people on the journey says Danny Longbottom.

How to improve services and save money

04/01/2019

A housing authority has proved it is possible to save money, raise productivity, and improve customer service all at the same time.

Consultation plans for council tree felling proposed

03/01/2019

Councils would be required to consult residents before cutting down trees in urban areas under Government plans.

London Councils forms company to tackle homelessness

02/01/2019

A not-for-profit company will be created to provide housing for homeless families in 11 London boroughs.

Cambridge CC to bring cultural services back in-house

24/12/2018

Cambridge CC has announced it will return to providing cultural services directly after Cambridge Live struggles to meet financial targets.

Birmingham approves 1,400 homes for Commonwealth Games

21/12/2018

Birmingham City Council has approved the planning application for the accommodation for Commonwealth athletes.

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Putting data to work

Faith Clark explains how a new contract will give local government free access to aerial photography.

White Papers

Dispelling the myth: future networks whitepaper

A new whitepaper – produced by BT - looks set to dispel the myths surrounding ‘future networks’ and achieving a smarter digital future for organisations.

General Data Protection Regulation

Download a new White Paper on dealing with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation

Partner Zone

Intelligent connectivity for intelligent healthcare  image Intelligent connectivity for intelligent healthcare

To deliver the digital ambitions of the NHS and deal with the increasing demand on health services requires intelligent connectivity, argues Keiron Salt.

London ICT Framework image London ICT Framework

There are hundreds of frameworks to choose from, helping your organisation to procure anything from office supplies to cloud services. But if you’re based in the capital, you might want to consider the BT London ICT Framework.

BT Customer Experience Centres image BT Customer Experience Centres

Visit us to discover how our infrastructure and intelligence can transform your organisation.

The true value of digital image The true value of digital

Digital technology can make a huge impact in both reducing social care costs and improving the quality of care says Phil Brunkard, chief information officer, local government and health, BT.

Boost for use of digital technology in social care promises brighter future for users image Boost for use of digital technology in social care promises brighter future for users

Councils across the country are already using digital technology in a variety of ways to improve and support services for elderly and vulnerable groups, and the Government wants to see an even wider take-up of the range of technology available. Paul Dinsdale reports.

Care chiefs raise concerns over poor data sharing with NHS image Care chiefs raise concerns over poor data sharing with NHS

Less than a quarter of local authority chief executives and social care directors regard their relationship with the NHS as good with data sharing being a particular problem, according to a survey by The MJ and BT.

Highways jobs

Interim Development Manager

Tile Hill
£600 - £700 per day
Interim Development Managers are required by our local authority client to lead the delivery of significant property and regeneration projects. South East
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