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Resource concerns over funeral director visits

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Resource concerns over funeral director visits

Councils fear scarce resources will be stretched to breaking point by Government requests for visits to funeral directors.

EXCLUSIVE: Tower Hamlets Best Value Inspection extended

The Best Value Inspection (BVI) team at Tower Hamlets LBC has extended its work to include the council’s oversight of the General Election.

Council workers’ incomes ‘cut to the bone,’ warns union

Unite has recommended its members reject the latest local government pay offer for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Rayner accusation after police drop probe

Shadow communities secretary Angela Rayner has hit out at the Conservatives’ ‘desperate tactics’ after police said they would take no further action following an investigation.

Reeves: No return to austerity

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said there will be no return to austerity under a Labour Government.

Council reaches agreement over controversial asylum site

West Lindsey DC is celebrating a success in its campaign to protect a £300m regeneration project earmarked for a former RAF airbase but co-opted for asylum accommodation.

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Opinion

Recruitment needs a radical rethink

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Resource concerns over funeral director visits

A new approach matching people from disadvantaged communities with careers is bearing fruit in Birmingham, writes Sarah Longlands.

A vision for tomorrow

Wendy Popplewell shares insights as to how Microsoft 365’s AI tool, Copilot, is helping staff at Barnsley MBC spend less time on admin and more time with the community.

Feel the power

Cllr Georgia Gould explains what Camden LBC is doing to harness and enhance the passion of people in a bid to renew our communities and our country.

District View

The speculation is over. Campaigning on steroids has begun for real and our election teams have swung into action to work their quiet magic in facilitating the democratic process.

The MJ Comment: Election starting pistol shoots down all action

Too much of the everyday process of running the country gets paused while national politicians court the electorate, says Heather Jameson. 'Is this really the best way to run the country in the 21st century?'

How we made our most-polluting building greener

Cllr Rowena Champion explains how Islington LBC put partnership and social value at the heart of the switch to electricity at its waste and recycling centre.

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Best Practice

Building participation that promotes community cohesion

Building participation that promotes community cohesion

Carly Walker-Dawson looks at the actions UK local and regional governments can take to promote community cohesion alongside partners at place level.

Analysis

Labour set to build like it’s 1945

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Labour set to build like it’s 1945

As the General Election race kicks into gear, Labour hopes its new towns policy will prove the solution to Britain’s housing crisis. Paul Marinko analyses local government’s hopes and concerns with the party’s plan.

Private sector

A Faer Point

There are fewer levers for council leaders to pull in their areas. Visible services are reduced and demand-led services are set to dominate in the future - but some councils have bucked the trend, says partner at Faerfield Martin Tucker.

Procuring an Active Wellbeing Partnership

Pivoting from traditional leisure services to focusing on active wellbeing can help build the long term health of communities. Duncan Wood-Allum from SLC explains how it differs from traditional leisure contracts

A call for transparency and accountability

Local government must confront pressing 'elephant in the room' issues head-on if it is to foster transparency, accountability and effective governance, says chief executive of Local Partnerships Adele Gritten.