Johnson in devolution pledge
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to give more power to people and businesses in the North.
'Damning' increase in homelessness
The number of households that are homeless or at risk of homelessness has increased by more than 10%, according to figures published today.
Social care sector faces 'disastrous' staffing black hole
A care workers' trade union has warned of a 'disastrous' staffing black hole in England as research showed there are tens of thousands of vacant posts.
Charity calls for re-investment in public health grant
A new study of health and social care spending has found that the Government focuses too much on acute services rather than investing in long-term preventative measures.
High Court overturns election result
Swindon Council has welcomed a High Court decision to overturn an election in which the wrong candidate was elected as a councillor.
Resignations in support of referendum
Two Sheffield City Council cabinet members, including the deputy leader, and four cabinet assistants have resigned in support of radically overhauling the way the council does business.
Commissioner appointed to oversee council’s inadequate children’s services
The Government has appointed a commissioner to improve Medway Council’s children’s services after Ofsted rated them inadequate.
Labour announces plans to ‘revive’ high street
A Labour Government would give councils the power to reopen abandoned shops to ‘revive Britain’s struggling high streets,’ the party has said.
Council considers job cuts to fund children’s services
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is considering cutting 248 jobs to help fund a £5.5m cash boost for children’s services.
Welsh councils warn of ‘financial tipping point’ due to cuts
Six Welsh council leaders have written to the Welsh government warning them that without a change to the way local government is funded there will be ‘substantial cuts’ to frontline services.
Chancellor announces £2bn to prepare for no-deal Brexit
Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced a cash boost of up to £2.1bn in order to prepare the UK for a no-deal Brexit.
Prevention Green Paper blasted as ‘shopping list of half-complete ideas’
Local authority leaders have criticised the Government’s prevention Green Paper as a ‘missed opportunity’ that neglects the role councils play in delivering public health services.
Javid announces public health duty to tackle violent crime
Home secretary Sajid Javid has announced a new legal duty that will require local authorities to prevent and tackle serious violence.
LEPs ‘lack transparency’ despite receiving £12bn of Government funding
The Government has ‘no real understanding’ of the impact of the £12bn Local Growth Fund, MPs said today.
Council chiefs warn of ‘children’s mental health crisis’
Local authority leaders have warned that social services are seeing more than 560 cases of children with mental health disorders every day – an increase of more than 50% in just four years.
Councils build ‘highest number’ of houses since 1990
More than 13,000 new homes were delivered by local authorities last year, town planners have calculated – the highest number since 1990.
Council makes ‘radical move’ to buy town centre
Knowsley MBC has made an offer to buy Kirkby town centre in what it describes as a ‘radical move’.
EU citizens ‘denied’ vote in European elections
EU citizens living in the UK complained of having their right to vote for an MEP ‘denied’.
Hull commits £2m to improve ‘inadequate’ children’s services
Hull City Council has promised to ‘accelerate’ its improvement plans and invest an extra £2m into its children’s services after they were rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.
Coventry ordered to implement clean air zone
Coventry City Council has accused the Government of using ‘heavy handed’ tactics after it was ordered to implement a clean air zone.