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Report calls for fire safety talks

Report calls for fire safety talks

The deaths of a number of firefighters since 2004 could have been prevented if risk assessments and good practice had been followed, according to...
Derelict homes in Wales receive £20m boost

Derelict homes in Wales receive £20m boost

Homeowners and landlords will be able to apply for funding to restore empty homes that are run down or derelict... Welsh Communities Minister Lesley Griffiths...
Welsh council merger plans rejected

Welsh council merger plans rejected

Welsh public services minister Leighton Andrews has rejected plans by six councils to merge, it has been announced... In a bid to save money and...
Wolverhampton Council is looking after 800 children

More needs to be done to prevent child abuse

Chairman of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board Alan Coe said more needed to be done to prevent child neglect and organised sex abuse in the...
London council cracks down on empty properties

London council cracks down on empty properties

Buy-to-leave homeowners may face fines and even prison sentences for buying properties and leaving them vacant under new measures introduced by Islington Council. Growing numbers...
government

Streamlining local government

Research shows that Buckinghamshire’s local government system would see savings of £20m a year by restructuring to one council, if politicians are brave enough...
internationalisation

A strong focus on internationalisation

Studying abroad can have great benefits to students, and here the Danish Agency for Higher Education details how the Danish government has launched an...
York Council uses tool to help families

York Council uses tool to help families

A new tool which identifies the complex needs of vulnerable families has been launched in York. The City of York Council's Family Focus Team has...
Bucks Council reveals how it is recruiting the leaders of tomorrow

Council leading the way in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire Country Council details how it is recruiting leaders of tomorrow and its success in training and retraining staff. Alison Bulman is living proof that...

Economic Development It’s about place making

For those involved at a strategic level in economic development, place making as a tool is not new but its time is certainly now...
Fife Council writes off over £4m owed debt

Fife Council writes off over £4m owed debt

Fife Council has announced it will write off more than £4m worth of debt owed to them in 2013-14. Fife Council is to expunge over...
Council cuts domestic abuse helpline funding

Council may cut funding for abuse helpline

Oxfordshire County Council has announced it is reviewing whether or not to scrap funding for a number of services, including a domestic abuse helpline. Oxfordshire...

500 council staff take voluntary redundancy

More than 500 staff working at Wolverhampton City Council have been granted voluntary redundancy. Wolverhampton City Council has announced that more than 500 people working...
Wirral libraries under threat from closure

Wirral libraries are under threat

Wirral Council will consider plans to seek help from volunteers to prevent the closure of library sites throughout the borough. Wirral Borough Council's cabinet is...
care

Thousands of children missing from council care

5,000 children have disappeared from council care over the past two years, according to figures. Figures revealed under the Freedom of Information Act show that...
Nottingham litter problem

Nottingham Council launches clean up campaign

Nottingham City Council has launched a six-week campaign to clean up the city and educate people about the problems of littering. The City Council today...
economic growth

Challenges remain for local economic growth

Aileen Murphie, Director at the National Audit Office examines the government’s latest local economic growth initiatives and how they are performing. The government’s plan for...
high streets

Rotherham praised for revival of high street

Rotherham has been praised by government as an example of how high streets can be rejuvenated. High Streets Minister, Brandon Lewis and retail expert Mary...
housing

Opportunity knocks

Annys Darkwa, Managing Director of Vision Housing explains the need for more housing to help re-offenders integrate back into the community
missing

Tougher rules to support missing children

The government has announced new rules for when children go missing from home or care. Unveiled by the Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson –...

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