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Level of contamination in household recycling revealedSubscription

25 September, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Contamination rates driven in part by the public’s mistaken assumption recycling information on products means they are collected by all councils

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District offers assets to parishes ahead of reorganisationSubscription

25 September, 2018 By

A total of 40 assets will be offered for disposal 

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Labour councillors risk becoming 'enemy within' over party reviewSubscription

25 September, 2018 By

Association of Labour Councillors which would engage in discussions before the democracy review is brought back to conference next year

John Healey

Social housing backing as Labour moots levy on second homesSubscription

25 September, 2018 By

John Healey said: “It will fall to Labour to put a brake on the growing gap between Britain’s housing ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’”

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Labour would let councils to take over 'failing academies'Subscription

25 September, 2018 By

The shadow education secretary has announced plans to abolish free schools and introduce greater local democratic control for academies at conference on Monday.

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Labour to seek 'root and branch' reform of planning systemSubscription

24 September, 2018 By

The commission chair said it wanted the review aims to increase public involvement in the planning process.

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Further delay in finalising unitary's accounts to cost extra £300k Subscription

24 September, 2018 By

External auditor has identified a number of issues a year after the original deadline 

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Government's digital innovation fund opensSubscription

21 September, 2018 By

Councils can bid for up to £100,000 funding for digital services from Monday

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K&C uncertain of ministry support as Grenfell drives £18m overspendSubscription

21 September, 2018 By

Council warns “we will be seeking further financial support from central government”

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UPDATED: Met denies 'starving' its social care trust of cashSubscription

21 September, 2018 By

Unite say underpaid staff face further wage cut

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Westminster plans to bring almo back under council controlSubscription

20 September, 2018 By

The almo is to be brought back in-house following numerous complaints over its services and claims of “incompetence and neglect”

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Counties request extra cash amid £1bn savings warningSubscription

20 September, 2018 By

“County authorities are in a serious and extremely challenging financial position. The further planned funding cuts… will make this bad situation even worse”

Judith Blake and James Brokenshire

James Brokenshire accused of 'putting up barriers' to Yorks devoSubscription

20 September, 2018 By

Housing and communities secretary perceived to be the “main stumbling block” to a One Yorkshire devolution deal by Leeds City Council’s leader

Ian Hudspeth

Call for action over unpaid carersSubscription

20 September, 2018 By

LGA says carers’ health is suffering, potentially placing further pressure on the health and social care system

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Ofsted ends single inspection framework for 'inadequate' children's servicesSubscription

19 September, 2018 By

Decision follows evaluation of new regime 

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Call for urgent review of combined authority after chief departureSubscription

19 September, 2018 By

Motion to be considered at a board meeting next week amid governance concerns 

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End-date announced for intervention in RotherhamSubscription

19 September, 2018 By

All powers are to be returned to the council, including for children’s social care, by Sunday.

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PM announces £2bn funding for housing associationsSubscription

19 September, 2018 By

The new funding will reportedly be “the first time any government has offered housing associations such long-term certainty”.

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Cornwall proposes major jobs cuts in response to £77m shortfallSubscription

19 September, 2018 By

Director says the council does not want to only provide services “at the statutory minimum” and needed to become ”self-sufficient”

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Research finds 'collapse' in local welfare schemesSubscription

19 September, 2018 By

Some councils have abandoned support schemes

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Districts call for removal of minimum new homes bonus thresholdSubscription

18 September, 2018 By

The government incentive has been labelled as “perverse” and acts counter to its original purpose, leaders claim

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Norfolk set to close 46 out of 53 children's centresSubscription

18 September, 2018 By

Norfolk CC is consulting on an outreach model aimed at improving support

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County to borrow £120m from itself for infrastructure spendingSubscription

18 September, 2018 By

Growth in homes and council tax income to help offset cost of borrowing

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Surrey likely to struggle to meet £94m budget gapSubscription

18 September, 2018 By

“We know there is much more to do to make our finances sustainable and able to withstand the huge pressures in adult and children’s services”

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£2bn funding to speed up land development launchedSubscription

17 September, 2018 By

”Developers can now get straight on with building homes, rather than overcoming the barriers to build”

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Bravery and a plan: how to transform your councilSubscription

17 September, 2018 By

As workforces reduce, organisations have to adapt - but budget cuts don’t necessarily have to hold councils back

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Matt Prosser appointed one of Dorset's new unitary chiefsSubscription

14 September, 2018 By

“This has been a tough process for all involved, but we are certain this decision is the right one”

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Local authority pensions group seeks to oust Ryanair chairSubscription

14 September, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

“Questions about the company’s business model and governance now pose a threat to shareholder value”

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Increase in delayed transfers of care during heatwaveSubscription

14 September, 2018 By

Delayed days due to social care increased for the first time in three months

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Waste partnership's £723k overspend to be covered by reservesSubscription

14 September, 2018 By Mark Smulian

The “adverse variance” is likely to be covered using reserves

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Children's commissioner calls for dramatic mental health changesSubscription

13 September, 2018 By Jack Searle

Anne Longfield wants to see greater integration between health and social care to better identify the most vulnerable children and families

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Met chief executive set to lead clinical commissioning groupSubscription

13 September, 2018 By Lawrence Dunhill

Another chief executive of a council in Greater Manchester is set to take over the leadership of the local clinical commissioning group

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Oxfordshire to get special dispensation on local plan deliverySubscription

13 September, 2018 By

James Brokenshire said the government recognises flexibilities will deliver fewer homes initially but should help deliver more homes in the long term

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Councils urged to do more in electric vehicle rolloutSubscription

13 September, 2018 By Katherine Smale

Plea comes in the same week energy giant SSE blamed London’s councils for the blocking the rollout of electric vehicle charging points

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Reforms to ways councils can benefit from land value increases proposedSubscription

13 September, 2018 By

Series of policy changes to help local authorities deliver new infrastructure and communities outlined by MPs

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Revealed: the 'staggering' £4bn cost of a decade of job lossesSubscription

12 September, 2018 By

LGC’s research into redundancies shows councils are being ‘pushed to the limit’ 

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Government ranks areas on health/social care interface Subscription

12 September, 2018 By

The Department of Health & Social Care publishes league table of performance 

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Councils holding LEPs back on gender balanceSubscription

11 September, 2018 By

Overwhelmingly male appointments by local government threaten ability to meet central targets

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Former Adass president David Pearson set to leave NottsSubscription

11 September, 2018 By

Widely respected corporate director of adult social care, health and public protection has announced his depature

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Voter ID plans labelled 'costly and undemocratic'Subscription

11 September, 2018 By

”The government should abandon these costly, undemocratic plans and focus on boosting democratic engagement instead”

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Updated: Labour group reported to leadership amid hostility claimsSubscription

11 September, 2018 By

Corbyn-supporting councillor who resigned from Labour says councillors are facing bullying and intimidation by Momentum members

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People news: Ex-govt comms director joins combined authoritySubscription

11 September, 2018 By

Our round-up of the latest job moves and appointments

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Labour delays democracy review proposals following criticism Subscription

11 September, 2018 By

Party to consult with councillors and Local Government Association next year

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Local government 'stuck in the past' on female representationSubscription

10 September, 2018 By

Analysis of the make-up of political parties shows stark differences in female representation

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Sutton chief Niall Bolger to join another London boroughSubscription

10 September, 2018 By

Niall Bolger to leave his current role, which he has held since 2011, by the end of the year

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Hancock urges care staff to voice working conditions complaintsSubscription

10 September, 2018 By

Health and care secretary to launch digital platform today

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Bristol scraps multi-million pound 'vanity project' Subscription

10 September, 2018 By Lucy Alderson

“We need to move forward now and ensure Bristol is fit for the demands of a modern, thriving and well-connected city”

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Interview: Andy Burnham reveals 'shopping list' of more powersSubscription

7 September, 2018 By

Greater Manchester’s mayor pays to the Conservatives for its “success” on devolution, adding he wished Labour had done more when in power

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Councillors decry 'vindictive and asinine' committee changesSubscription

7 September, 2018 By

“The councillors who perpetuated ‘project fear’, scaring residents… should be disgusted at their behaviour”

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County and district leaders at loggerheads over reorganisationSubscription

7 September, 2018 By

District leaders say lack of information “is regrettable” while county leader says districts “appear to be under a misapprehension” over his intentions

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CQC system reviews to continue as targeted areas revealedSubscription

6 September, 2018 By

Governemnt has requested a continuation of the programme, with three areas to be re-assesed

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Stevens: ‘NHS must get serious about new public health threats’Subscription

6 September, 2018 By Joe Gammie

NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens: “We need to create headroom by getting more serious about aspects of prevention and public health”

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County agrees deal with PCC after fire service stand-off Subscription

6 September, 2018 By

“We remain committed to seeking opportunities to improve the fire and rescue service’s efficiency and cost effectiveness”

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Call for universal free social careSubscription

6 September, 2018 By

Research commissioned by charity Independent Age analysed costs of various funding proposals 

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West Midlands chosen for next generation internet trials Subscription

5 September, 2018 By

“5G has the potential to dramatically transform the way we go about our daily lives”

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Children's pressures push Suffolk towards £8.6m overspendSubscription

5 September, 2018 By

“There are going to be some tough calls to make in the weeks and months ahead, but they are calls we are going to have to make”

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Andy Burnham to call for Brexit no-deal contingency planSubscription

5 September, 2018 By

“This isn’t about frustrating Brexit. It is about getting Brexit right.”

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London receives a third of new rough-sleeping fundsSubscription

5 September, 2018 By

Details of the government’s rough sleeping strategy grants have been announced.

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Torbay rated 'inadequate' as joint children's director takes over Subscription

4 September, 2018 By

Council has said a sharp rise in looked after children was the main reason behind recent moratorium on spending

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Somerset's savings 'difficult to stomach' as cuts concerns raisedSubscription

4 September, 2018 By

“We’ve tried hard to avoid this, looked at every option open to us in terms of financial flexibility, but have been left with no choice”

Rob Whiteman

Cipfa 'blown away' by resilience index responseSubscription

4 September, 2018 By

Chief executive Rob Whiteman says consultation has shown accountants must “provide uncomfortable challenge”

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Transport for the North's smart ticket scheme behind scheduleSubscription

4 September, 2018 By

Contractual arrangements with train operators had run over schedule but the programme is still expected to start on time.

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County considers cutting 130 jobs amid 'huge financial challenge'Subscription

3 September, 2018 By

”The coming weeks will be very difficult for the council and its staff, but we have to achieve financial stability”

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Helen Briggs: In Tesco people want to talk to me about the countySubscription

3 September, 2018 By

Rutland CC’s chief executive speaks to Nick Golding about sustainability and the advantages of being a small unitary

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Forbes issues scathing attack on 'insulting' Labour democracy reviewSubscription

31 August, 2018 By

Party’s measures for local government branded “deeply insulting” by the leader of Labour in local government

Northamptonshire

Corby insists on seat at negotiating table despite opposing Northants unitary proposalsSubscription

31 August, 2018 By

”We have a responsibility to get the best deal for them. First we need to end the omnishambles that is Northamptonshire CC.”

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Call for new school places powers as 'emergency' loomsSubscription

31 August, 2018 By

More than half of councils will face a shortfall in secondary school places by 2023-24 which could lead to 134,000 children missing out on places

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'Extremely tough budget' forces county to consider closing recycling centresSubscription

31 August, 2018 By

Cabinet is to make a decision on any closures later in the year.

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Police commissioner's bid for fire service control slammed by countySubscription

31 August, 2018 By

“We are worried that the PCC is putting public safety at risk if he continues to pursue taking control over our fire service”

Dorset

Search for chiefs at two new Dorset unitaries underwaySubscription

31 August, 2018 By

The two new chief executive’s positions come with an annual salary of up to £180,000 plus benefits

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County could axe almost 900 jobs as it seeks to save £33mSubscription

30 August, 2018 By

County council proposes “complete overhaul” of the way it operates but said its transformation intends to protect frontline services

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Calls for greater transparency over combined authority's recruitment processSubscription

30 August, 2018 By

A spokesperson for the CA said its recruitment remained “rigorous” and senior roles are advertised widely

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Questions surround combined authority chief's departureSubscription

30 August, 2018 By

“There’s not been any proper explanation as to why the chief executive has left”

James Palmer

Mayor Palmer 'wouldn't rule out' expanding into Norfolk and SuffolkSubscription

30 August, 2018 By

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CA mayor also speaks to LGC about “ruffling feathers” locally and in Westminster and being “bullish” about Brexit

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Leader demands Brokenshire sets out Brexit's impact on citySubscription

29 August, 2018 By

“For this council to do the job of protecting businesses and residents, we have to know exactly what the government has planned for us”

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'Angst' over borough's ongoing delay to accounts' publicationSubscription

29 August, 2018 By

A high “churn” of staff has created “knowledge gaps”, leading to delays going on for months

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Northants seeks to protect care thresholds despite £70m blackholeSubscription

29 August, 2018 By

Legal experts say courts may not intervene in decisions on statutory provision

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Survey: Most MPs back additional funding for social careSubscription

28 August, 2018 By

Another recent survey by the LGA found that 96% of council respondents believe there to be a major funding problem within adult social care

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Social housing renaissance hopes fade as green paper falls short Subscription

28 August, 2018 By

A focus on regulation and minor adjustments will not help councils build at required scale

Children

Number of children spending summer holidays homeless at seven-year high Subscription

28 August, 2018 By

Councils are currently housing almost 123,000 children experiencing homelessness

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Care providers in 'state of fear' after compliance scheme U-turn Subscription

28 August, 2018 By

Social care providers concerned over quick reinstatement of minimum wage assessments    

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Funding uncertainty jeopardising sustainable travel initiativesSubscription

24 August, 2018 By

LGA research says investment under health and wellbeing startegies is being undermined 

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Police pass file to CPS in Ged Fitzgerald and county leader probeSubscription

24 August, 2018 By

Former Liverpool City Council chief, along with three others, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation

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Overspending on children's social care services soars by 10%Subscription

23 August, 2018 By

A £274m underspend in adult’s social care in 2017-18 comes after a £525.8m overspend the previous year

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LGC Awards deadline extendedSubscription

23 August, 2018

There are 21 categories in our 2019 awards including three new ones

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Labour claims cuts have turned trading standards to 'a husk' Subscription

23 August, 2018 By

Opposition accuses government of undermining its own, recently launched safety strategy

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Solace raises 'serious misgivings' over financial resilience indexSubscription

23 August, 2018 By

“It would be a shame if a tool the sector developed for itself reverted to the cruder approach that we have warned others against”

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District rapped by regulator for breaching fire safety standards Subscription

22 August, 2018 By

A large number of tenants were “potentially exposed to an unknown risk of danger over a long period of time”

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London could be hit hardest by fair funding review, IFS warnsSubscription

22 August, 2018 By

Government’s urged to take into account how much councils would raise if they all set the same council tax rate in fair funding review

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Commissioner sent in to Wakefield over child social care failings Subscription

22 August, 2018 By

Government orders review of whether Wakefield MDC should lose operational control of services

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Councils' delayed transfers of care reductions 'saved NHS £60m'Subscription

22 August, 2018 By

Adass says research backs calls for further investment 

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Fears over recruitment 'cliff-edge' without migrants' movement freedomsSubscription

22 August, 2018 By

Cities in the south east are particularly reliant on EU migrants and account for about one in 10 workers in places including Cambridge, London and Oxford

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London borough's children's services improve to 'outstanding'Subscription

21 August, 2018 By

Ofsted praises “inspirational leadership” and system-wide partnership. 

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Ministerial panel mooted to balance regional transport spendingSubscription

21 August, 2018 By Greg Pitcher

Calls for greater devolution of powers to appease frustrations about varying investment levels in different parts of the country

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Fracking exploration works approved despite county's oppositionSubscription

21 August, 2018 By Rob Horgan

Frim successfully appeals rejection of plans for exploratory mining - the second time it has done so in recent months

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County to pay trusts £200k after losing public health contract caseSubscription

21 August, 2018 By

Tendering process for public health services for 0- to 19-year-olds to be re-run 

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Treasury indicates it could back incineration taxSubscription

20 August, 2018 By Corin Williams

The Treasury said it is considering tax measures to increase recycling at the expense of energy-from-waste (EfW), in an announcement criticised by the Environmental Services Association (ESA) as “misguided”.

Northamptonshire

Leaders agree on two-unitary option for Northants Subscription

17 August, 2018 By

Local leaders in Northamptonshire have recommended that the county is split into two unitary councils, as proposed by government-appointed inspector Max Caller.

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Unitary’s managing director to leave following restructureSubscription

17 August, 2018 By

Windsor & Maidenhead RBC managing director Alison Alexander is to leave her post as part of a senior management restructure – but not until the end of May next year.

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People news: District chief departs as post deleted Subscription

17 August, 2018 By

Our round-up of the latest job moves and appointments

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