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Edinburgh city councillors have voted in favour of what could be the UK’s first tourism tax.

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How do you know what it is like to run a local authority? The MJ is sponsoring a series of regional training events that test council managers with real-life simulation as members of an executive board. Richard Wills of Breckland Training Services describes how the teams are put through their paces

Council fined £27,000 over Legionella case

A district council has pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach after a leisure centre customer contracted Legionnaire’s Disease.

When two become one

Amid high profile reorganisation battles, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney DCs have calmly and quietly merged to become the first ‘super district’. Heather Jameson talks to East Suffolk chief executive Stephen Baker about the journey

A winning approach to care and health

St Helens MBC and its partners have addressed the pressing challenges of rising health and care demand and falling budgets with a programme that this year made it a winner in the Care and Health Integration category in The MJ Awards 2018

Social care projects to explore biometrics and exoskeletons

Projects exploring how exoskeletons and biometrics could be used in social care have been announced.

From the archive

Whale leaves council caught between a rock and a hard place

Will the next big council buzz word be ‘decommissioning’?

The public spending crisis means difficult decisions will need to be taken about whether to provide some services at all, rather than simply salami-slicing them.

Ready to streamline

Civica has been awarded a £300,000 contract by East Lothian Council to streamline key departmental processes.