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Only local authorities that ensure all children identified for adoption are placed within 12 months will be able to achieve an ‘outstanding’ judgement from Ofsted under new adoption inspection arrangements published today

Ealing Council’s two-and-a-half year delay in responding to a request for help left a disabled woman at risk and effectively housebound, finds Local Government Ombudsman, Dr Jane Martin

In order to protect funding to vital frontline services and reduce further job losses, no pay offer will be made to local government employees for 2012/13

 

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Commenting ahead of Education Secretary Michael Gove's announcement on adoption, Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board, said

 

A survey by Socitm Insight shows that almost all councils now allow some access to social media, compared with just one third that did so only two years ago

 

Senior local authority managers have demanded greater control over council tax beyond the Government-funded ‘freeze’ for 2012/13, according to exclusive research by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and The Municipal Journal

 

The first £100 million of money recovered from collapsed Icelandic bank Landsbanki will be paid into council accounts this week

 

Councils and housing associations considering altering services or changing their housing allocation policies are being advised to use new guidelines to check that they comply with the Equality Act

 

The highly regarded graduate recruitment programme used by councils has the potential to drive up standards in town halls even further if take-up increases, a new report published today has revealed

 

Ballot boxes will open on 3 May 2012 for voters to decide on directly elected mayors for England's largest cities, Ministers confirmed today

 

Hundreds of UNISON members in Barnet, north London, will be on strike tomorrow in the latest action against the One Barnet project which would see the overwhelming majority of them transferred to private companies in deals worth around £2bn

 

Liverpool has become the first city to agree new powers through the City Deals programme, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and Cities Minister Greg Clark announced

 

The Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is delighted to announce that Berkshire has been allocated £10,876,292 million from the government’s Growing Places Fund

 

Assembly Members will tomorrow examine the environmental priorities London's Mayor should tackle next term , including how to cut carbon emissions and improve air quality in the capital

 

As thousands of gritters hit the nation's roads, council leaders are urging residents not to let urban myths stop them from making their own streets and pavements safe

 

The first systematic review of the real impact of public spending cuts on local authorities is published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation today. It finds that the most deprived local authorities have been hardest hit by the cuts. It also finds conflict within local authorities over whether the needs of vulnerable people should be prioritised

 

Good progress in developing plans to roll out superfast broadband is being made by most local authorities, Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said today

 

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called on borough leaders to follow his lead and freeze their portion of the council tax

 

The challenging housing situation in the country will be improved if councils have greater involvement, according to a new report from the Local Government Association and the Homes and Communities Agency

 

As outlined in the standards provisions of the Localism Act 2011, the regulatory role of Standards for England will no longer exist from 31 January 2012

 

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