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Sports projects across the capital are set to benefit from £2 million funding from Mayor Boris Johnson’s unique Sports Legacy Programme created to ensure that the grass-roots sporting legacy of the 2012 Games reaches as many Londoners as possible (May 23rd)

A one stop shop offering expert advice and practical assistance to those looking to establish alternative ways of delivering public sector services was launched today (17 May) by The Co-operative Group, the UK’s biggest mutual organisation

The firm FTI have today been appointed to provide advice on the most cost effective options for disbanding the Audit Commission and transferring audit into the private sector(April 18th)

 

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The Government has today published a number of amendments to strengthen the Postal Services Bill. The changes incorporate feedback from MPs, Lords, Royal Mail, other postal operators and the Communication Workers Union, as well as other interested parties(April 13th)

 

People living in Hawes, a remote town in the Yorkshire Dales, are saving themselves a 70 mile round trip by running some of their own council services in a new, one-stop community office(April 8th)

 

The British Chambers of Commerce, working with local business people all around the country, will bring together a new, national network for local enterprise partnerships, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced today(April 6th)

 

Councils looking to improve their websites and accelerate development of cost-saving self-service models of delivery should be thinking about sharing services that will improve their websites with other public providers, says a new briefing from Socitm Insight(Monday April 4th)

 

Councils have cut senior management costs while protecting the services that the most vulnerable people rely on, a survey of local authority finance directors reveals today(April 1st)

 

Will Hutton today (Tuesday 15 March 2011) published the Final Report and recommendations of the Fair Pay Review, setting out the terms of a new settlement for public service leadership

 

To help councils deliver efficiency savings early through organisational restructuring, the Government is providing £300 million of flexibility - through capitalisation - in the next financial year

 

Limiting "shared services" options to the back office would only save 3.6% of expenditure and that too is the best case scenario, according to a NLGN reportThe NLGN report, "Shared Necessities: the next generation of shared services", argues that most likely efficiency savings on average a local authority would make by embracing shared services for back office functions is a paltry 1.8%.  That is much lower than the 5.8% average savings councils are expected to make, some councils are expected to save almost 9% in the very first year.

 

Parish councils are elected bodies that serve around 15 million people in England and spend about £500 million a yearNow, public spending watchdog the Audit Commission puts the spotlight on the timeliness and quality of their financial reporting.

 

Representatives of major entertainment companies and some of the biggest internet service providers (ISPs) operating in the UK have attended a Government roundtableCompanies including EMI Music, Warner Bros Entertainment, Virgin and Talk Talk joined discussions on developing new, legal ways for people to access music, film and other content online.

 

As more than 3000 local government workers in Nottinghamshire County Council prepare to take strike action tomorrow (24 Feb), UNISON is calling on the council to think again about the their savage cuts agendaThe union is warning that the cuts will decimate local services and hit the most vulnerable people.

 

Tough decisions on  how to save money have promted a leading Council to outsource nearly all their services rather than cut them backSuffolk Councty Council will be meeting today(Feb 17th) to decide on whether they should outsource their services in order to protect jobs and save around £43 Million pounds. The decisions which will include the running of care homes, childrens services and how their Libraries are run, will be made between Councillors as Suffolk look to save themselves from falling into the same situation such Councils as Manchester and Leeds have found themselves in . Some 1,500 jobs will still go at Suffolk CC next year, but it is hoped these decisions will allow many staff to join forces to win contracts and run the planned outsourced services.

 

Locally elected councillors should all have to vote on decisions about whether they want to pay staff salaries over £100,000, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles suggested today(16th Febuary)Ministers today signalled their intention to issue new guidance on a salary ceiling at which remuneration decisions should be always brought before a full council vote. Ministers believe that threshold should be set at £100,000.

 

Citizens Advice response to the Government announcement on face-to-face debt advice funding"We warmly welcome the Government's commitment to provide an extra £27 million for face-to-face debt advice* as replacement for the Financial Inclusion Fund (FIF), due to end in March. Our FIF-funded specialist money advisers have helped over 77,000 people with debt problems over the last year, so this is good for our clients, many of whom come from the most vulnerable, financially excluded groups who are difficult to reach through other non-face-to-face means.

 

A £190m fund which provides hard-up families with free debt advice, low cost loans and access to bank accounts is likely to be scrapped this year as the government continues its radical public spending cutsMinisters have failed to offer any reassurances that various financial initiatives to help low-income households, such as The Financial Inclusion Fund, The Growth Fund and Saving Gateway, will be continued beyond the end of March. These schemes have provided thousands of families with easy access to affordable credit and financial help, encouraging people to develop sensible money-handling skills and saving habits.

 

A second radical phase in the Government's drive for greater openness will shine the torch of transparency on Town Hall middle management across the country, Eric Pickles will announce today (Feb 7th)Over ninety five per cent of councils have published their spending data over £500 online. Latest reports to the Department show 346 councils in England are now online. Mr Pickles praised them for leading the transformation to transparent Town Halls. Eight are still to reveal data to the public.

 

Business minister Mark Prisk has had his first meeting with a local enterprise partnership in Reading today (Feb 3rd)He met with the Thames Valley Berkshire partnership while on a visit to Reading where he also met with local councillors to view regeneration projects.

 

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