Experts decry ‘lack of consideration’ given to social care in immigration reform
Experts have warned that the Government’s introduction of a points-based immigration system could be detrimental to an already-struggling social care system.
Barnet to appoint new pension fund
Barnet LBC is expected to approve the appointment of the West Yorkshire Pension Fund to administer its own scheme.
Council announces £4.4m for ‘significantly declined’ children’s services
Hull City Council has announced a series of measures to improve children’s services after Ofsted concluded the experiences of children in care had ‘significantly declined'.
Glasgow praised for delivering £500m equal pay claims
Scotland’s local authority watchdog has praised Glasgow City Council for successfully delivering a project to finance £500m in equal pay claims.
Blackpool Council announces 75 job losses
Blackpool Council has announced that its new budget proposals will result in 75 job losses as it seeks to close a £5m budget gap.
Scottish councils sign £700m contract to ‘transform waste’
Five Scottish councils have signed a contract that will divert up to 190,000 tonnes of black bag waste from landfill.
Council vows to defend local plan
Sevenoaks DC has vowed not to withdraw its draft local plan despite continued pressure from the planning inspector.
Wakefield council ‘overcharging’ cabbies, court rules
A court has ruled that Wakefield council were overcharging local taxi drivers for a license to trade in what could prove to be a landmark case.
Council’s homelessness service suffers ‘serious weaknesses’
A housing regulator has launched an inquiry to investigate ‘serious weaknesses’ in Glasgow City Council’s service for people who are homeless.
Major parties ‘fall short’ on social care funding commitments
None of the three major parties have pledged enough in social care funding to fix the ongoing crisis, a health think-tank has concluded.
‘Greta Effect’ puts climate change on local agenda
Urban council leaders and elected mayors now rank the climate emergency among the most important issues British cities face, a new study has revealed.
Sunderland receives £100m ‘vote of confidence'
Sunderland City Council’s city centre masterplan has received a massive boost from a £100m deal with Legal & General.
Spending freeze for Shropshire
Shropshire Council’s boss has told staff the authority has imposed a ‘spending freeze’ until 2020 in the face of a potential £6m overspend.
Council disappointment at Lincolnshire health visitors strike
Senior Lincolnshire CC officials have expressed their disappointment after a number of health visitors started a month-long strike yesterday.
Welsh teenagers to get the vote in local government ‘overhaul’
A new law to give 16- and 17-year-olds in Wales the vote in council elections has been unveiled by the Welsh Government.
One and a half million older people have ‘unmet care needs,’ charity warns
The number of older people with unmet care needs stands at one and a half million, a charity has said.
Mayor welcomes British Steel rescue deal
Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen has described a rescue deal for the manufacturer British Steel as ‘wonderful’.
Emergency Bellwin scheme activated in response to flooding
Councils will be able to apply to be reimbursed for costs incurred as part of their response to the heavy rainfall that has hit in recent days.
Stoke-on-Trent given three months to improve ‘inadequate’ children’s services
Education secretary Gavin Williamson has given Stoke-on-Trent City Council three months to establish a partnership with another council to deliver children’s social care.
Welsh Government announces £500,000 a year for digital officer
Local authority leaders in Wales have welcomed an announcement that the Welsh Government will pay £500,000 per year towards the cost of a local government digital officer.