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Theresa May supports greater Bristol devolution while...

......Newcastle may cut pay for 1,800 staff to save jobs; North East Lincolnshire may charge more elderly for social care; Essex may be able to create 26,000 new school places by 2025; Aberdeen may be OK as they launch £370m of bonds; Northamptonshire may have to raise the bar as "too many" staff perform well and Manchester may have to offer geopolitical briefings as Greek citizen is asked why he has a "Helenic" passport

More than 1,800 Newcastle council staff could see pay slashed in latest cost-cutting move

Newcastle City Council     Source: Chronicle Live

A cash-strapped council is set to slash the wages of more than 1,800 staff in a bid to help it meet a £30m budget gap. Newcastle City Council has announced the plans in a bid to save £2.5m a year and prevent up to 100 redundancies by reducing the income of roughly a third of its 6,400 person workforce.  Read in full

Middlesbrough Council could start looking through your bins - this is why

Middlesbrough Council     Source: Gazette Live

Council wardens are going to start opening your bin lids and looking inside to see if you are recycling properly. Middlesbrough Council say random weekly checks will take place on blue bins around town to see who is following its recycling rules.  Read in full

ADASS Care Apps Conference and Showcase the first wave

ADASS                Source: Public Service Digital

ADASS, LCIOC, Fortrus, IEWM, Newcastle City Council in partnership with KMS, West Midlands AHSN, OLM Systems, Ownfone, Policy Partners Project will all be taking advantage of the combined event and online showcase format developed by Boilerhouse for the 2017 ADASS Conference and Care Apps Showcase

239 jobs face axe as Bolton Council seeks to make £12.5 million savings

Bolton Council     Source: This is Lancashire

Town hall bosses are warning that 239 jobs could go as they make £12.5 million in cuts over the next two years. Bolton Council is beginning to set its budgets for the financial years 2017 to 2019 and says that, for the first time it has had to dig into revenue reserves, using £30 million in order to prevent more severe cuts having to be made.   Read in full

Cumbria nurses defend council shake-up of public health services

Cumbria County Council     Source: Nursing Times

A radical shake-up of public health services for children in Cumbria will ensure better support for families, despite reduced funding, according to nurses leading and delivering the new model. The plans, agreed by Cumbria County Council, will mean increased caseloads for health visitors and spell the end of the traditional school nursing service and family nurse partnership scheme.   Read in full

Council leader adds to 'Yorkshire devolution' momentum

North Yorkshire County Council     Source: Yorkshire Post

Proposals to revive the prospect of a region-wide deal for Yorkshire to take over powers and money from the Government have taken a significant step forward after another council leader declared he was “open” to the idea. North Yorkshire County Council leader Carl Les claimed the public wanted to see any devolution deal for Yorkshire cover the “largest possible area”.  Read in full

More elderly will have to pay for social care as council looks to save cash

North East Lincolnshire Council     Source: Grimsby Telegraph

With "less money than ever" to spend for the council, the way in which people are cared for in the community could drastically change with an overhaul of North East Lincolnshire's adult social care system. It has been revealed that North East Lincolnshire Council is looking to tighten its belt on how much cash it spends on delivering social care services to adults in need of assisted living.  Read in full

Hundreds of county council staff denied promised bonuses as too many were rated highly effective

Northamptonshire County Council     Source: Daventry Express

Pay increments worth a total of about £1million will be withheld by Northamptonshire County Council after far more staff performed well than managers expected. The increments are only paid every other year and are earned by employees receiving exceptional or highly effective ratings in their appraisals.  Read in full

Sir Edward Leigh: Government needs to reconsider requirement for directly elected mayor

Lincolnshire County Council     Source: Lincolnshire Reporter

October has been an important month for the county. Councils from the Humber to the Wash have been voting on the important issue of devolution, a plan for central government to devolve some of Whitehall’s power to a directly elected mayor and a combined authority, consisting of the leaders of the 10 councils involved, in our area.  Read in full

Economic benefits of £55.7 billion HS2 backed by Shropshire councils

Shropshire Council     Source: Shropshire Star

Councillors responsible for transport across the county say they want to maximise the impact that could come from a close proximity to the high-speed service and potential improvements to the railways as a result of additional planned connections. Stafford railway station will become an HS2 hub linking Staffordshire and Shropshire to the £55.7 billion track, despite suggestions it could have been axed under cost savings.   Read in full

Hong Kong and Macau investors sign £55m Birmingham deal

Birmingham City Council     Source: Construction News

A £55m Birmingham residential development will proceed with backing from a consortium of Hong Kong and Macau investors, the city council has confirmed. A minimum of 214 apartments will be built on a brownfield site at 21 William Street in Ladywood.  Read in full

Essex County Council announces plans to create 26,000 new schools places by 2025

Essex County Council     Source: Essex Live

More than 25,000 new school places will be needed across Essex over the next decade, according to a new strategy published by the county council. The council's ten year plan aims to meet the demand for school places until 2025.  Read in full

Central Bedfordshire Council 'considering legal action' over unpaid ASDA money

Central Bedfordshire Council     Source: Luton on Sunday

Central Bedfordshire Council is mulling over whether to take legal action against ASDA – because the supermarket giant owes more than £10,000 to one of its committees. As part of its planning permission agreement for its store in Dunstable, the retailer has to set aside a certain amount of money each year to put towards the community or infrastructure.   Read in full

Lewes County Hall fire: Blaze at East Sussex council HQ

East Sussex County Council     Source: BBC News

The County Hall in Lewes - the headquarters of East Sussex County Council - has been hit by a fire. Six fire engines were called in to fight the blaze on St Anne's Crescent, which was reported at about 06:45 GMT.  Read in full

Dying man faces being evicted by Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Council     Source: Milton Keynes Citizen

A terminally ill pensioner whose wish is to die with dignity at home has been threatened with eviction by Milton Keynes Council. Vietnam war veteran Robert Lee has end-stage kidney failure and doctors have given him only months to live.  Read in full

Metro mayor plans for greater Bristol region given nod by Prime Minister Theresa May

Bristol City Council     Source: Bristol Post

The Prime Minister has thrown her support behind devolution plans for the Bristol region. Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset councils have all agreed to a devolution deal, which will see a metro mayor elected.  Read in full

Outrage as Plymouth City Council looks to to freeze 'living wage' for staff

Plymouth City Council     Source: The Herald

The lowest paid workers at Plymouth City Council could see their wages frozen as bosses consider whether to continue paying the 'voluntary living wage'. Earlier this year the previous Labour administration announced all staff would receive the 'real living wage', which currently stands at £8.25 per hour.  Read in full

Westminster City Council leader stands down to prioritise Lords role triggering election

City of Westminster     Source: getwestlondon

The Leader of Westminster City Council has announced she is standing down to focus on becoming a peer in the House of Lords. Councillor Baroness Couttie said she is no longer able to carry out her local authority duties in the way she could before the appointment and therefore will be stepping down.  Read in full

Who needs telephones? Rolling out Skype for Business in Ealing

Ealing Council     Source: LocalGov

Cloud deployment can revolutionise the day-to-day lives of local government workers and offer solutions to some of the more acute challenges facing councils. Ealing Council recently piloted a new scheme that will see their telephony system moved to the cloud in a bid to take advantage of the new technology.  Read in full

Aberdeen City Council launches bonds worth £370m

Aberdeen City Council     Source: Holyrood

Aberdeen City Council has become the first council to raise money from the capital markets as it launched index-linked bonds worth a total of £370m. The bond is the first of its kind offered by a Scottish local authority and follows Aberdeen becoming the first council in Scotland to be given a credit rating.  Read in full

Schoolchildren hit by £11million West Dunbartonshire Council budget plan

West Dunbartonshire Council     Source: Daily Record

Axing hot school dinners, cutting school milk and replacing lollipop wardens with volunteers are some of the ideas mooted by cash-strapped West Dunbartonshire Council to balance their books. Council chiefs have outlined a raft of proposals in an effort to fill an expected £11million blackhole in funding over the next three years.  Read in full

Pembrokeshire's cabinet agrees to outsource libraries, leisure centres, swimming pools, museums and archives

Pembrokeshire County Council     Source: Milford Mercury

Cash strapped Pembrokeshire County Council will take the first steps to outsource the running of its leisure, tourism and cultural services to a charitable trust, cabinet decided. The move comes after consideration of five cost-cutting options, proposed by specialist firm Winckworth Sherwood, in a nine week public consultation.  Read in full

Hundreds of new council houses with energy bills as low £70 a year could be built in Swansea

City and County of Swansea      Source: South Wales Evening Post

Hands up who wants to live in a new council house in Gower with energy bills as little as £70 per year? Quite a few then. That scenario is possible under long-term plans by Swansea's Labour administration to become a player in the house-building sector.  Read in full

No council cash to help US insurance firm Allstate with silt problem

Belfast City Council     Source: Belfast Telegraph

Belfast City Council has refused to provide cash to insurance giant Allstate after it asked for help in clearing silt from the area around its new headquarters. A council committee considered a report in relation to proposals regarding the development of the former Maysfield site by Allstate and Concentrix.   Read in full

Former First Citizen slams council’s decision to splash out on ‘mayoral jewels’

Lisburn and Castlereagh District Council     Source: Lisburn Today

A former Mayor of Lisburn has slammed the council for agreeing to potentially spend thousands of pounds on commemorative medals for past Mayors. The local authority’s Corporate Services Committee approved the purchase of ‘mayoral jewels’ for presentation to Mayors of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in recognition of their service.  Read in full

And finally…

Embarrassing typo on council form calls foreign-born citizen something very different

Manchester City Council     Source: Mirror

Comedian George Zacharopoulos tweeted a council form someone had received on which the sender had managed to mix up the word 'Greek' with 'Geek'. "You have told me that your nationality is Greek but your passport shows you are a Helenic citizen," states the document.  Read in full



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