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Council boycotts of Israeli goods will become illegal

The UK government plans to make local council boycotts of countries and companies – particularly Israel – illegal, in new measures announced this week Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has unveiled plans to prevent council boycotts of companies and countries, unless they fall in line with central government policy. The move aims...
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East Sussex approves plans to spend £365 million on services

Plans to spend £365 million on vital services and impose a 3% adult social care levy received backing from East Sussex County Council members this week East Sussex County Council’s 2017/2018 budget will see £365 million allocated to vital services for residents, but it also includes a 3% levy to...
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Swindon solar park to power household waste recycling centre

A new Swindon solar park will generate income for the Borough Council as well as fuelling its ambitious renewable energy targets Building work has started at Barnfield Solar Park, Swindon, which will be connected directly to the town’s household waste recycling centre. The solar farm is set to save considerable...
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Making personal budgets dementia friendly

A sea change is needed among local authorities to make personal budgets dementia friendly, argues George McNamara of the Alzheimer’s Society People with dementia and their families tell us of the very real impact personal budgets have had on their lives – from the 85 year old woman who returned...
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East Kent super council merger could see the loss of 150 jobs

Plans to create a new East Kent super council could led to 150 jobs losses, but could see saving of £6.8m in the first two years
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Nottinghamshire County Council reopens £6m growth fund

Businesses have been invited to bid for a share of a £6m growth fund to expand their operations when the council reopens it next week
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Beside the seaside: Cash to breathe new life into British coast

Communities up and down the British coast are set to benefit from a new wave of government investment aimed at boosting seaside tourism, housing and jobs The government will provide a cash boost for seaside areas with the creation of 28 new Coastal Community Teams along the British coast. The teams...
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Which local parks are under threat? 38 Degrees launches info gathering campaign

38 Degrees today launches what it calls “a people powered investigation” to find out which local parks are under threat in England The civil society organisation 38 Degrees is coordinating people across the country and asking them to write to their local councils for information on how local parks and...
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Tory-led Surrey County Council wants to hike council tax by 15%

Conservative-run Surrey County Council wants to raise council tax by 15% to cover rising demand for services, but it will have to put the plans to a vote Surrey County Council will seek a council tax rise of 15%, it announced today. “We have to set a budget that will protect...
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Council tax to rise in Glasgow for the first time in over a decade

For the first time in 12 years Glasgow City Council has revealed it will increase council tax in a bid to close a funding gap of almost £70m
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AG highlights scam targeting schools with ransomware

Education establishments must take precautions against fraudsters targeting schools to install ransomware on computers
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We can do better on Syrian refugee resettlement, MPs declare

Both refugees and local councils need clear information for the Syrian refugee resettlement programme to be a success in the long term, AG reports Despite progress being made, it will be “a significant challenge” to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK by 2020, the Public Accounts Committee is warning. They say a...
Local councils' flood preparedness

Local councils’ flood preparedness: How technology can help

Used proactively, technology can help local councils' flood preparedness and resilience in a number of ways, as Intermedix’s Ian Carr describes It is no secret that flooding has been a challenge that communities in the UK have faced time and again over the last few years. Ensuring their communities are...
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Westminster City Council planning ‘to send residents to Coventry’

The local Labour group heavily criticises the Conservative Westminster City Council’s plans to put homeless residents into private rented accommodation Conservative-led Westminster City Council announced plans recently that would see increasing numbers of Westminster residents who have lost their homes and are in need of temporary accommodation sent to properties in the...
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Local road funding gains £1.2bn government boost

The government has announced £1.2bn local road funding is to be shared between councils to upgrade the network, cut congestion and improve journey times
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New ombudsman for local council complaints takes office

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid confirms the appointment of Michael King as the Local Government Ombudsman, dealing with local council complaints After being confirmed by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, Michael King starts his new role as Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) today. He brings a 25-year career in a range of consumer...
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Lincolnshire street lighting project enters final phase

Work to introduce more cost-effective Lincolnshire street lighting is continuing in and around Boston, Skegness and Mablethorpe over the next few months Lincolnshire County Council is proceeding with the final phase of a project to save £1.7 million from its annual street lighting budget of £5m. It is not the...
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Exclude small council schools from apprenticeship levy, say LGA

The Local Government Association say small council schools should be exempt from the new apprenticeship levy just as small academies and faith schools are Small and academies and faith schools will be excluded from the new apprenticeship levy, but small council-maintained schools will be required to pay. The Local Government Association...
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Fly tipping fines reach more than £430,000 since new powers

Councils have revealed they have issued hundreds of fines for fly tipping after receiving new powers to handout on the spot penalties
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Staff cuts could be on the cards at Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council staff numbers could be scaled back as part of plans to create leaner services

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