Local Government An unrivalled media platform dedicated to delivering the latest news and views from across all fields of government through an on-going programme of events and interactive online communications http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government Sat, 09 Jun 2012 08:20:34 +0000 Joomla! 1.7 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Councils face a difficult task to replace Council Tax Benefit http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11351-councils-face-a-difficult-task-to-replace-council-tax-benefit http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11351-councils-face-a-difficult-task-to-replace-council-tax-benefit Government plans to localise the help that low-income families receive with their council tax while cutting funding for it by 10% leave local councils with a tough challenge to design replacement schemes, according to a new report by IFS researchers

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Thu, 31 May 2012 14:34:02 +0000
New council tax help for hard-working families and pensioners http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11293-new-council-tax-help-for-hard-working-families-and-pensioners http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11293-new-council-tax-help-for-hard-working-families-and-pensioners New common sense measures will save ordinary families up to £20 a year in council tax, and make bills easier to pay, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced today. This comes on top of the council tax freeze over the last two years which has cut council tax in real terms

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Mon, 28 May 2012 13:55:08 +0000
Town hall chiefs call for extension of ‘City deals' http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11273-town-hall-chiefs-call-for-extension-of-city-deals http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11273-town-hall-chiefs-call-for-extension-of-city-deals In a letter to ministers, council leaders have made renewed calls for 'City deals' to be rolled out nationally as ‘Local growth deals', to boost flagging economies.

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matthew.abbott@govtoday.co.uk (Matthew Abbott) Thu, 24 May 2012 10:36:01 +0000
Volunteers get their say on how regulations are enforced http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11247-volunteers-get-their-say-on-how-regulations-are-enforced http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11247-volunteers-get-their-say-on-how-regulations-are-enforced Volunteers all over the country are being urged to speak out against uncaring officialdom – but also to give credit where credit is due if someone has been really helpful

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Tue, 22 May 2012 12:43:09 +0000
Greg Barker opens new Eco Community Education Centre http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11224-greg-barker-opens-new-eco-community-education-centre http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11224-greg-barker-opens-new-eco-community-education-centre Minister of State Greg Barker was in Norwich on Friday to open Broadland District Council’s 500,000 Eco Community Education Centre

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Mon, 21 May 2012 09:34:49 +0000
Councils shine as Olympic torch lands in UK http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11215-councils-shine-as-olympic-torch-lands-in-uk http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11215-councils-shine-as-olympic-torch-lands-in-uk As the Olympic torch lands on our shores, councils are laying on a whole range of events to make sure it shines a light on local talent

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Fri, 18 May 2012 12:53:48 +0000
Mayor heads to Greece to start countdown to Olympics http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11171-mayor-heads-to-greece-to-start-countdown-to-olympics http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11171-mayor-heads-to-greece-to-start-countdown-to-olympics The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will head to Greece today along with a top flight UK delegation for the official handover of the Olympic flame at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Wed, 16 May 2012 08:26:00 +0000
New funding boost for local areas http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11155-new-funding-boost-for-local-areas http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11155-new-funding-boost-for-local-areas Town halls are being urged to apply for grants of up to £25,000 from an LGA programme intended to help put councils at the heart of boosting local economies

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Tue, 15 May 2012 12:41:08 +0000
Council leaders and children's services professionals united in condemning adoption scorecards http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11126-council-leaders-and-childrens-services-professionals-united-in-condemning-adoption-scorecards http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11126-council-leaders-and-childrens-services-professionals-united-in-condemning-adoption-scorecards The Local Government Association, Association of Directors of Children's Services and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives have today jointly condemned adoption scorecards issued by the Department for Education

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Fri, 11 May 2012 08:33:16 +0000
Local authorities will not mourn the passing of the Audit Commission say LGIU http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11103-local-authorities-will-not-mourn-the-passing-of-the-audit-commission-say-lgiu http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11103-local-authorities-will-not-mourn-the-passing-of-the-audit-commission-say-lgiu Responding to today’s Queen’s Speech, Andy Sawford, chief executive of the LGiU, commented..

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Wed, 09 May 2012 10:03:38 +0000
Jobs and growth at heart of the Mayoralty http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11095-jobs-and-growth-at-heart-of-the-mayoralty http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11095-jobs-and-growth-at-heart-of-the-mayoralty Creating jobs and growth will be at the heart of Boris Johnson's mayoralty, as he announced key appointments to his top team

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Wed, 09 May 2012 08:52:52 +0000
Cities reject elected Mayor http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11060-cities-reject-elected-mayor http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11060-cities-reject-elected-mayor David Cameron's plans to replace local council cabinets with directly elected mayors have been rejected by voters in four out of 10 cities holding referendums on the issue

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Fri, 04 May 2012 08:16:45 +0000
Local elections: Labour make gains in England and Wales http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11058-local-elections-labour-make-gains-in-england-and-wales http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11058-local-elections-labour-make-gains-in-england-and-wales Labour have won a string of victories in English and Welsh local elections - with shadow ministers claiming Ed Miliband is now on course for No 10

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Fri, 04 May 2012 07:20:47 +0000
Voting begins in local elections http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11051-voting-begins-in-local-elections http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/11051-voting-begins-in-local-elections Voters are going to the polls for local elections in England, Wales and Scotland - and to elect mayors in London, Liverpool and Salford

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Thu, 03 May 2012 07:19:41 +0000
Grant Shapps: 'Fantastic' response to Portas Pilots offer http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10990-grant-shapps-fantastic-response-to-portas-pilots-offer http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10990-grant-shapps-fantastic-response-to-portas-pilots-offer Hundreds of towns across the country have applied in their droves to become one of the first Portas Pilots to breathe new life into their high streets, Local Government Minister Grant Shapps said today

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:06:32 +0000
Local growth on agenda for annual LEP conference http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10971-local-growth-on-agenda-for-annual-lep-conference http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10971-local-growth-on-agenda-for-annual-lep-conference Government ministers meet local enterprise partnership (LEP) leaders today to discuss their plans to drive growth across the country

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:41:00 +0000
Councils’ plans will hit charity shops hard, Scope warns http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10889-councils-plans-will-hit-charity-shops-hard-scope-warns http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10889-councils-plans-will-hit-charity-shops-hard-scope-warns Scope has called on councils to re-think plans to take away textile bank sites, because of the impact it would have on charity shops, the shoppers that visit them and above all the vital work that is funded by donated clothes

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:53:12 +0000
Councils already looking ahead to Olympic legacy http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10860-councils-already-looking-ahead-to-olympic-legacy http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10860-councils-already-looking-ahead-to-olympic-legacy As the country gears up for the 2012 Games councils are already looking to make sure their communities continue to benefit from the sporting spectacular once the closing ceremony's a distant memory

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:36:51 +0000
Time for results for Mayor’s youth violence programme, says Assembly http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10841-time-for-results-for-mayors-youth-violence-programme-says-assembly http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10841-time-for-results-for-mayors-youth-violence-programme-says-assembly A new report assesses progress made to date and the future prospects for the Mayor’s programmes to tackle serious youth violence

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Tue, 17 Apr 2012 08:53:01 +0000
LGA responds to TPA pensions release http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10812-lga-responds-to-tpa-pensions-release http://govtoday.co.uk/index.php/communities-and-local-government/local-government/10812-lga-responds-to-tpa-pensions-release Responding to the TaxPayers' Alliance report on local government pensions, LGA Workforce Board Chairman Sir Steve Bullock said...

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scott.buckler@govtoday.co.uk (Scott Buckler) Fri, 13 Apr 2012 08:35:58 +0000