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Nottingham City Council’s disbelief after its request for financial support from the Government to install fire sprinklers in tower blocks was turned down has been made public.

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Bob Neill looks at the major procurement choices facing the public sector in the wake of Brexit.

‘Business as usual’ for councils despite Whitehall’s silence on reorganisation

Councils waiting for the Government to decide on their reorganisation bids have vowed that it is ‘business as usual’ despite the uncertainty.

Joint research for kids’ services costs

Local government will work with Whitehall to commission research to understand the drivers of increasing demand and costs in children’s services, The MJ understands. Growing pressures face children’s services, with an estimated £2bn funding gap.

Authorities deadlocked over disabled facilities grant

Staffordshire CC is at deadlock with one of its districts in a continuing row about disabled facilities grant (DFG).

Counties and districts clash over DFG spend

Furious rows have been erupting around the country with counties and districts clashing over which authority is better placed to spend the disabled facilities grant (DFG).

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Union boss warns of ‘tsunami’ of spending cuts after election

Whitehall must prepare for a ‘tsunami of cuts’ following next year’s general election, because the Government has underestimated the impact of the recession and ‘lost control’ of public spending, the leader of the senior public servants’ union has [..]