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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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Congestion charges under consideration in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council is to consider implementing a congestion charging system and workplace parking levy to fund local transport improvements
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Failure to address health and social care crisis in Autumn Statement

Anger and dismay were the reactions across the board at a lack of support for health and social care in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond today delivered his first Autumn Statement to the UK Parliament. Although he announced measures designed to increase productivity by investing in...
Wrexham car park makes way to 12 new affordable homes

Car park makes way to 12 new affordable homes

A new £1.5m housing development has been built on the site of a former carpark, providing 12 new affordable homes for Wrexham residents
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Greater Birmingham launches plan to boost economy and create jobs

A refreshed strategy to create 250,000 jobs by 2030 and boost the local economy has been launched this week in Greater Birmingham Greater Birmingham launched a fresh strategy to boost the regional economy by £29 billion and create 250,000 private sector jobs by 2030 earlier this week. The Greater Birmingham and...
Local authorities target homes to recover unpaid council tax

Local authorities target debtors’ homes to recover unpaid council tax

Local authorities are increasingly having to target debtors’ homes as a way of recovering unpaid council tax, according to accountancy firm Moore Stephens Accountancy firm Moore Stephens says that 54% of local authorities are now using ‘charging orders’ to secure unpaid council tax against debtors’ properties – up from 38%...
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London councils ask for help to care for refugee children

Eight London councils have written to Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ask for additional support for unaccompanied refugee children arriving from France Refugee children need more support from government to ensure quality care is delivered. Eight London councils asked for more financial and casework support to ensure this, as more...
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Government drops chaotic education policy

Ministers have dropped their flagship education policy Bill, which failed to gain the support of the sector Education policy suffered a blow after the government dropped the ‘Education for All’ Bill. This policy, announced in the Queen’s Speech, failed to gain support from the education sector and was dogged by...
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County council votes against Lincolnshire devolution

Members of Lincolnshire County Council have voted against devolution in the region, putting the deal at risk of delay or cancellation Devolution in Lincolnshire could be at risk after members of the county council voted against a deal. During a meeting yesterday, council members voted 43 to 17 against a devolution...
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Local councils need more power to improve schools

Local authorities should be given more control to improve schools that are struggling, according to a new report by the Local Government Association
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Kent County Council launches six-week budget consultation

A six-week consultation will take place, giving Kent County Council the opportunity to explain the budget challenges it faces A new six-week consultation has been launched to explain the challenges facing Kent County Council in setting its budget for the next financial year. The council is looking to save another £108m...

LGPS – who’s in control?

John Hanratty, Head of Pensions North at Nabarro LLP discusses the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and how the new regulations might impact With the introduction of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) asset pools and an increased focus on the investment of LGPS assets into the infrastructure asset class,...

Sandwell Council issues £13k school term time holiday fines

Parents have been fined a total of £13,000 by Sandwell Council for taking their children out of school during term time New figures have revealed more than 200 parents received fines from Sandwell Council totalling £13,000 last year for removing their children from school during term time. The policy which allows...

More than 20 libraries to close in Lancashire

Lancashire County Council is set to close more than 20 libraries, it has emerged A number of libraries across Lancashire are set to close, the county council has confirmed. The news comes after a consultation into the fate of libraries across the county, which received more than 7,000 responses. The subsequent...
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LGA says school finances should be monitored by councils

Councils should be able monitor academy school finances to prevent taxpayers’ money from being used inappropriately, says the LGA

MPs to fight May’s plans for grammar schools

Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have warned they will stand against government plans to launch new grammar schools across England Plans to allow new grammar schools across England has been met with criticism from MPs. Both Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have warned they will fight against plans put forward by...
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Teacher job adverts cost secondary schools £56m

According to new figures from Labour secondary schools spent a whopping £56m on advertising for teaching positions last year The recruitment crisis in teaching is not news; it is in fact an issue that has dogged the sector for some time now. However, the depth of the crisis has become...
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Oxfordshire schools sitting on £9m central government funding

Oxfordshire schools have come under fire for hoarding almost £9m funding from central government, rather than spending it on teaching
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Kent CC to improve social mobility through grammar school access

Recommendations have been put forward to help improve social mobility across Kent by ensuring children from all backgrounds have access to grammar school education A report containing 16 recommendations to improve social mobility has been put together. Nine cross-party Kent County Council members made up a select committee that aims...

Council works with schools to attract teachers

Essex County Council is working alongside local schools in a bid to increase teacher recruitment in the region A new strategic group has been formed in Essex in an attempt to ease the shortage of teachers. Essex County Council, alongside representatives from the Association of Secondary Headteachers in Essex (ASHE), the Essex...

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