December 2014

Hundreds of volunteers needed as Walsall Council launch first-ever 'snow champions' scheme

30 December 2014

Hundreds of volunteers needed as Walsall Council launch first-ever 'snow champions' scheme

Around 250 volunteers and 50 community groups are needed for the scheme, which will also support elderly and vulnerable residents across the borough. Read More

Would you like to work as part of the IEWM team?

18 December 2014

Would you like to work as part of the IEWM team?

A new vacancy has arisen for a forward thinking and inventive Programme Support Officer to work within the IEWM team. Read More

LGA - Digital Experts funded programme

18 December 2014

LGA - Digital Experts funded programme

The Local Government Association (LGA) has invited local councils to apply for funding under its Digital Experts scheme to help develop and share digital innovations amongst local authorities. Read More

Major Birmingham funding cuts confirmed as urban areas hit hardest

18 December 2014

Major Birmingham funding cuts confirmed as urban areas hit hardest

Birmingham is expecting to be among the worst hit by the cuts which it is claimed have a greater impact on major cities and urban areas. Read More

Police, councils, NHS and charities sign joint mental health agreement

17 December 2014

Police, councils, NHS and charities sign joint mental health agreement

POLICE, councils, charities, the NHS and other organisations across Worcestershire and the surrounding area have teamed up to improve mental health care in the region. Read More

Walsall Council bosses say new care service charging policy will ‘reduce strain’

15 December 2014

Walsall Council bosses say new care service charging policy will ‘reduce strain’

The new charging policy could be introduced as soon as April next year. Residents are urged to attend consultation sessions in the New Year. Read More

Finding Common Purpose National Procurement Strategy (Health and Social Care)

11 December 2014

Finding Common Purpose National Procurement Strategy (Health and Social Care)

A critical event within the West Midlands has been arranged to engage all of the relevant stakeholders within the West Midlands in developing a common purpose and strategy across Adult Services, Children's Services and Public Health, with support from Procurement and Legal Services. Read More

Staffordshire police and council leaders set to sign property deal with Kier

11 December 2014

Staffordshire police and council leaders set to sign property deal with Kier

Staffordshire County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis say the proposed property partnership with Kier will ‘unlock regeneration’ and generate funds for both organisations. Read More

Socitm launches new local authority website management survey

11 December 2014

Socitm launches new local authority website management survey

On 1 December Socitm launched a new survey to enable sharing of data about website governance and management in local authorities. Read More

Council Leader talks about combined authority

10 December 2014

Council Leader talks about combined authority

Council Leader Ann Lucas has made the following statement today (Tuesday) in Full Council about a combined authority. Read More

Kerslake report: Birmingham council must radically improve

9 December 2014

Kerslake report: Birmingham council must radically improve

Independent review finds that Birmingham residents and businesses are not getting the best from the council. Read More

Birmingham City Council to hand over children's homes to outside operator

9 December 2014

Birmingham City Council to hand over children's homes to outside operator

Birmingham's remaining children's homes are to be handed over to an outside operator because the council admits they will do a better job. Read More

Eric Pickles backs report warning Birmingham to shape up

9 December 2014

Eric Pickles backs report warning Birmingham to shape up

The Local Government Secretary responds to an independent review on Birmingham from Sir Bob Kerslake. Read More

Row over gritting in Worcestershire as council aims for 77 per cent spending cut

8 December 2014

Row over gritting in Worcestershire as council aims for 77 per cent spending cut

Cash-strapped Worcestershire County Council has earmarked just £123,800 towards gritting this year, despite warnings of a bitterly cold spell. Read More

Older people helped to live independently thanks to government funding

5 December 2014

Older people helped to live independently thanks to government funding

National and local FirstStop information and advice service to help older people live independently. Read More

Autumn Statement 2014: 16 things you should know

3 December 2014

Autumn Statement 2014: 16 things you should know

The Chancellor has presented the Autumn Statement to Parliament – here’s a summary of what was announced. Read More

Funding awarded to improve local services and save over £900 million

2 December 2014

Funding awarded to improve local services and save over £900 million

Minister announces £89.4 million investment in service improvements which will save over £900 million in the long-term. Read More

Stratford could split from Warwickshire as

2 December 2014

Stratford could split from Warwickshire as "Greater Birmingham" plans progress

The prospect of a united Warwickshire joining Coventry in any Combined Authority is not certain after Leader of Stratford DC, Cllr Chris Saint said the authority's "keeping its options open". Read More

Twitter: the go-to channel for UK councils?

1 December 2014

Twitter: the go-to channel for UK councils?

Provisional research by Public Service Intelligence found that 416 of the UK’s 433 local authorities (96%) have active official Twitter accounts. Read More

Government launches support to help small businesses Do More Online

1 December 2014

Government launches support to help small businesses Do More Online

New campaign includes £2 million for Local Enterprise Partnerships to help micro-businesses and sole traders increase their online presence. Read More

Warwick DC in talks to join West Midlands combined authority

1 December 2014

Warwick DC in talks to join West Midlands combined authority

The Leaders of Coventry City Council and Warwick DC will meet this week to hold a discussion about the possibility of the District Council joining the combined authority that is being created here, in the West Midlands. Read More