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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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Half of flood defence money to be spent around Thames Estuary

London and the Thames Estuary will benefit from £1.8 billion in new flood defence money, with eight times more per person allocated than in the north west Half of all flood defence money set aside under a £3.7bn national flood spending programme will be spent on protecting London and the...
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Councils fail to deliver user friendly digital housing services

Socitm has raised concerns about the usability of council digital housing services, warning many are falling short of the requirements needed
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Recycling rates in England drop to new low

Recycling rates in England drop to a new low which could lead to the UK missing EU targets, according to new government figures The figures show that recycling rates in England are the lowest they have been for the first time since 2012. The news has prompted calls for a tax...
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Councils can raise tax to pay for social care, says Javid

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid says £900 million will be made available for councils to pay for social care over the next two years Government was criticised when social care funding was not addressed – or even mentioned – in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement last month. The “unanimous and unequivocal” warning...
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Milton Keynes’ EV charging infrastructure to be expanded

As part of the delivery of the UK’s first Go Ultra Low City, Milton Keynes’ EV charging infrastructure is undergoing significant expansion After being awarded £9 million as part of the government’s Go Ultra Low Cities programme in January 2016, the public charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) in Milton...
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Community groups funding to get £2.5m boost

Small grassroots community groups including neighbourhood organisations, parishes and local voluntary groups are set to receive a funding boost The government has announced that small grassroots community groups including neighbourhood organisations, parishes and local voluntary groups will get a direct funding boost of £2.5 million through a new ‘Communities Fund’. The...
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Council parking profits reach record high

Profits produced from council parking operations in England have reached a record high in 2015-2016, according to the RAC Foundation In the 2015-2016 financial year, local authorities in England generated a massive £756 million profit from their on-and-off street council parking activities. Compared to 2014-15 figures of £693 million, that’s a...
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Sadiq Khan sets out new Transport for London business plan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today set out proposals to cut costs in the new Transport for London business plan, while also increasing capacity on the Tube network A new five year Transport for London business plan aims to cut waste, freeze fares until 2020, phase out diesel buses, and...
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EU cycling economy contributes €513bn each year

New figures from the European Cyclists’ Federation show that the EU cycling economy contributes €513bn each year across the 28 Member States Cycling creates economic benefits of €513 billion each year, according to the findings of a new ‘EU Cycling Economy’ report by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF). Across the...
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Funds for school improvement as Ofsted issues annual report

The government announces new funding to tackle school improvement as Sir Michael Wilshaw says failure to address poor performance contributed to Brexit vote Education Secretary Justine Greening announced new resources this week aimed at increasing the number of good school places for children across the country. Additional funds are being...
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Cloud technology: A mandate for local government

When the bottom line is all-important, cloud technology can help local government with everything from disaster recovery to shared services Local government needs to meet local needs. Government leaders are now expected to find ways to adopt technological innovations to increase citizen and business satisfaction against a backdrop of reducing...
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Rough sleeping in Oxford continues to be a serious challenge

Rough sleeping in Oxford remains a major challenge in the city according to a  street count conducted by the City Council The street count was conducted at the beginning of this month with an estimated 33 people on the streets, down from 39 in 2015. However, the council and homeless organisations...
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Child asylum seekers to cost Walsall Council £1.4m

A West Midlands council could have to to pay £1.4 million in the next three years to support 15 child asylum seekers Walsall Council aims to take five child asylum seekers per year starting in 2017, which will put huge pressure on an already tight budget. Last month the council agreed...
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Glasgow announces ambitious job creation target

Glasgow City Council have announced the UK’s most ambitious job creation target, with the aim of creating 50,000 new jobs over the next seven years As part of the ambitious plan, the council are also aiming to create 1,000 new businesses, 25,000 new homes and 1,000 Living Wage employers by...
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Community leisure partner appointed by district council

A district council has appointed a community leisure partner to run three leisure sites in the area, as well as implementing a new outreach programme to its rural communities East Northamptonshire District Council has appointed leading not for profit leisure trust, Freedom Leisure to manage and develop the healthy and...

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