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An innovative public-private partnership is set to improve transactional services for Slough Borough Council, delivering GBP26.5m savings over the next ten years and bringing new business into the town

A new 'local tax lock' that allows people a vote to stop council tax going up if their local authority refuses to freeze bills and hike the tax by more than 3.5 per cent was hailed by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles as a radical extension of direct democracy

Cities will be set free from the Whitehall leash to do things their way, under a dramatic shift in power, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced at an Institue for Public Policy Research North event in Leeds

 

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With an annual paybill of almost £30 billion, the 1.6 million people who work for England's 353 councils are the country's largest workforce, larger even than the NHS

 

A new poll, published in the run up to the first London Policy Conference, shows that nearly eight out of ten London residents are proud to be a Londoner – and that an attachment to London is stronger among Londoners than an attachment to the UK

 

In an effort to highlight exceptional local policies that are accelerating green building around the world, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has announced the winners of the 2011 Government Leadership Awards for Excellence in City Policy for Green Building at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa

 

New support to help staff-led mutual organisations set up and spin out from the public sector has been unveiled by Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office

 

Plans to scrap regulation for live entertainment would leave residents and authorities powerless to stop noisy all-night raves, council leaders have warned

 

England's largest cities moved closer to deciding on directly elected mayors after Cities Minister Greg Clark set the date for local referendums

 

Extra salt, new gritters, more salt bins, snow wardens and Gritter Twitter - latest research from highways chiefs shows councils are better prepared than ever to deal with winter weather

 

Figures obtained by Campaign for Better Transport show council spending cuts have led to almost three quarters (72 per cent) of local education authorities making cuts to school transport.

 

Local councils in England are set to benefit from over £1 million of additional Defra funding to tackle air pollution. The extra support was announced today in a speech given by the Environment Minister, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, at the Environment Protection Conference in London

 

An investigation by the Local Government Association has found that shared services are delivering savings of £156.5 million to the taxpayer.  Across England alone, 219 councils are sharing services, such as recycling and waste, I.T. and procurement, to achieve these savings

 

Councils across England and Wales are working tirelessly to ensure that as many as possible of the vital services that they provide are delivered on the day of the planned national strikes over pensions reform

 

Responding to the interim report by the Independent Riots, Communities and Victims Panel published today, Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said

 

Housing Minister Grant Shapps today called on councils to give the dreams and aspirations of prospective adoptive parents and foster carers a helping hand, and cut through red tape hindering adoptions and fostering

 

Responding to the findings of the Audit Commission report on the financial stability of councils, Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), said

 

City Hall is expecting to be left with £231 million of Olympic land debt with no commitment from government to help pay it off, according to its latest budget

 

Most councils are managing well in the face of unprecedented reductions to their income, but services have been affected and a small number of councils may struggle to balance their books, an Audit Commission report has found

 

An era of Whitehall control has ended with a historic shift in power back to local people, as the Localism Bill becomes law.The Localism Act will trigger the biggest transfer of power in a generation, releasing councils and communities from the grip of central government

 

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