Councils make bid for new East Midlands combined authority
Four councils have submitted a bid to Government to create a new East Midlands mayoral combined authority.
Right to Buy extended to housing association tenants
Council leaders have warned that any homes sold under the newly-extended Right to Buy scheme must be replaced on a like-for-like basis.
LGPS funds plan to increase local social investing
Nearly nine out of 10 (89%) Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds are planning to increase their allocation to local social investing in the next few years, a new survey has revealed.
Bradford chosen as UK City of Culture 2025
Bradford has been named the UK City of Culture 2025, beating off competition from 20 other cities.
Call to deploy legal advisers in council offices
Legal advisers should be deployed in council offices and other public locations to provide access to civil justice, a think-tank has argued.
Queen's Speech: New measures to raise education standards
Local authorities will have a new duty to provide support to home-schooling families under new measures to reform education.
'Nutrient neutrality' rules delay up to 100,000 homes
Up to 100,000 new homes are being delayed due to new regulations around 'nutrient neutrality', according to new research.
Council to take legal action against asylum centre
Hambleton DC is to take legal action against Government plans to create a centre for asylum seekers in the district.
Call for clarity on council Hikvision use
Local government minister Michael Gove has been urged to clarify his position on buying surveillance cameras from tech firm Hikvision.
Gove calls for more social housing
Housing secretary Michael Gove has pledged to ‘tilt’ Government funding to build more homes for social rent.
Government intervenes over council's 'inadequate' children's services
The Government has issued a statutory direction to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council forcing it to improve its children’s social care services.
'Alarmingly high' numbers of exploited looked-after-children going missing from care
Nearly half of looked-after-children that have experienced criminal or sexual exploitation went missing from care in 2020, charities have warned.
Care homes could face 'widespread closures' under reforms, counties warn
Care homes are at risk of closure as the Government has ‘seriously underestimated’ the cost of its social care reforms, county councils have warned today.
HMJ: Councils urged to clamp down on junk food adverts
Public health experts have urged local authorities to restrict junk food advertising to stop companies exploiting a ‘loophole’ in new rules.
HMJ: Call to place alcohol addiction nurses in ‘Deep End’ GPs
A pilot scheme that placed specialist addiction nurses in GP surgeries across the most disadvantaged areas in Glasgow should be rolled out due to its success, according to a new study.
HMJ: Peers reject ‘regressive’ change to social care cap
The House of Lords has rejected an amendment to the £86,000 care cap that would have seen people on lower incomes pay more for their care.
HMJ: Minimum pricing not driving up cross-border purchases
People did not travel extensively outside of Scotland to buy cheaper alcohol following the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP), a study has revealed.
HMJ: Progress on racial equality not ‘far or fast enough’
Trust leaders are ‘angry and frustrated’ over the slow pace of progress on race equality, according to a new survey by NHS Providers.
HMJ: Risk warning over screen time
Children’s health is being put at risk due to the rise in time they are spending on devices, researchers have warned.
HMJ: Smokefree scheme relaunched
The Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control has been relaunched to demonstrate how councils will help the Government meet its smokefree 2030 ambition.