Local Government http://www.govtoday.co.uk/ Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:22:57 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) en-gb Extra borrowing powers for house-building councils http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/21-housing-planning/18105-extra-borrowing-powers-for-house-building-councils New borrowing powers will enable councils to build up to 10,000 affordable homes, communities secretary Eric Pickles and chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced today.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:41:29 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/21-housing-planning/18105-extra-borrowing-powers-for-house-building-councils
Poorest families face council tax hike http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/19-economic-growth/18100-poorest-families-face-council-tax-hike Research published by the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) shows that nearly 600,000 poor families in England are facing a second successive year of above average council tax rises, far in excess of the increase facing households on average.

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:12:18 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/19-economic-growth/18100-poorest-families-face-council-tax-hike
Reform of child neglect law ‘will change lives’ http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/37-adult-children/18074-reform-of-victorian-child-neglect-law-will-change-lives The emotional neglect of children will soon be illegal in England and Wales thanks to a three year campaign by Action for Children.

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:48:55 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/37-adult-children/18074-reform-of-victorian-child-neglect-law-will-change-lives
Scottish families face childcare challenge http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/37-adult-children/18067-scottish-families-face-childcare-challenge Families in Scotland are being put under pressure because of patchy provision of childcare and above inflation prices rises, a report published today has warned.

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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:17:43 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/37-adult-children/18067-scottish-families-face-childcare-challenge
Government urged to hand cities more powers http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/19-economic-growth/18064-government-urged-to-hand-cities-more-powers Local authorities in major cities should be handed powers currently only available to the London mayor to help them "realise their potential", a thinktank has said.

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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:11:49 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/19-economic-growth/18064-government-urged-to-hand-cities-more-powers
Scottish councils 'need open mind' http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/19-economic-growth/18062-scottish-councils-need-open-mind Councils in Scotland need to keep an open mind in deciding how to best deliver services.

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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:43:41 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/19-economic-growth/18062-scottish-councils-need-open-mind
Councils could save £460m on rubbish http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/19-economic-growth/18061-councils-could-save-460m-on-rubbish Up to a possible £464m could be saved overall if councils spending the most brought down their spending to the average for their authority type and waste responsibilities, says the Audit Commission, having identified wide variation across authorities.

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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:38:49 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/19-economic-growth/18061-councils-could-save-460m-on-rubbish
New local audit steps move savings closer http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/19-economic-growth/18034-new-local-audit-steps-move-1-2bn-savings-closer Local government minister, Brandon Lewis, announced today that as part of plans to save £1.2bn from the abolition of the Audit Commission, the Local Government Association (LGA) will lead interim arrangements for public sector audit after 2015.

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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:44:16 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/19-economic-growth/18034-new-local-audit-steps-move-1-2bn-savings-closer
Councils warn of youth jobs trap http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/20-communities/18018-councils-warn-of-youth-jobs-trap A third of all young people will be out of work or trapped in underemployment by 2018 unless local areas are given more control over skills and training, a new report from council leaders has warned today.

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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:26:31 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/20-communities/18018-councils-warn-of-youth-jobs-trap
Call for flexibility over council tax discount http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/20-communities/18009-councils-call-for-flexibility-over-single-person-discount A compulsory council tax discount which is received by wealthy working-age people living alone in large homes is making it harder for local authorities to protect discounts for struggling families on low incomes.

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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:01:35 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/20-communities/18009-councils-call-for-flexibility-over-single-person-discount