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A report by the management team of Southampton city council shows that it is drawing up plans to sack more than a quarter of its 4,300-strong workforce over the next three years (July 11th)

Zero Carbon Hub has launched proposals for a delivery framework for Allowable Solutions. The proposed framework shows how developers will be able to reach the zero carbon standard set for 2016 and is a direct response to the Housing Minister’s call in February this year for a workable approach to Allowable Solutions, the third and final part of the Zero Carbon Homes Policy hierarchy (July 8th)

Services including job centres and courts will be hit and thousands of schools closed as public sector workers across the UK stage a 24-hour strike (June 29th)


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A UNISON survey reveals that more than half of all councils have backtracked on outsourcing contracts by bringing services back inhouse, or are considering it, after failings by private companies (June 21st)


Housing and Local Government Minister Grant Shapps today told councillors not to let back seat bureaucracy steer them off course on the road to greater town hall autonomy (June 9th)


Local authorities are getting to grips with the scale of the efficiency savings they need to make - but 40 per cent do not yet have strategies in place to achieve the spending cuts required (June 6th)


Unite, Britain's biggest union, has expressed fury after learning that the Tory-Led Birmingham city council is the first council planning to export jobs overseas (June 2nd)


Council workers will take industrial action from today against their employer Southampton city council which is sacking thousands of workers and re-engaging them on substantially lower terms and conditions (May 23rd)


The combination of draconian funding cuts and sweeping changes to the local government landscape could decimate council action to tackle climate change, according to a new report written by Tony Travers - of think-tank LSE London - and commissioned by Friends of the Earth (May 20th)


Housing Minister Grant Shapps has said that members of the Armed Forces will, from now on, be given top priority for housing help (May 20th)


More than a quarter of a million civil and public servants will ballot for a strike over cuts to pensions, jobs and pay, following an overwhelming vote at the Public and Commercial Services union annual conference (May 18th)


More pioneering local authorities are being asked to come forward to demonstrate how the benefits of development can be shared directly with their communities and neighbourhoods, Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark announced today (May 12th)


A new ten point counter-fraud blueprint for tackling criminals and dishonest people who are costing the country billions of pounds in fraudulent local government claims was published today by Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles (11th May)


Lib Dems feel the backlash for the coalition spending cuts as the party suffers heavy losses in English council elections (May 6th)


Voters across the UK are going to the polls in a series of national and local elections as well as a referendum to decide the way MPs are elected(May 5th)


The average council has to tick an estimated 12.6 million boxes a year to meet the bureaucratic demands of central Government, the Local Government Association can reveal(April 12th)


Less than a third of England's 354 councils have a plan to tackle climate-changing emissions this decade and beyond(April 5th)


Measures by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to preserve a strong, vibrant, independent local press are now in force as new rules governing taxpayer funded town hall freesheets and council publicity have been agreed by Parliament(April 1st)


Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark has today(March 29th) unveiled new powers for councils to hold Government to account and make sure requests from their local communities to remove unnecessary regulations are properly considered


Local people will get a much needed tax break with every English council taking up a Government offer to fund the first ever council tax freeze, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles confirmed today(March 23rd)


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