Westminster proposes ‘voluntary’ council tax scheme
Westminster City Council has proposed to freeze council tax and instead invite those in the most expensive properties to pay a voluntary contribution after a consultation found ‘strong support’ for the idea.
Care provider Four Seasons temporarily bailed out
The struggling care provider Four Seasons has today signed a deal with a hedge fund which will see £70m invested to enable it to keep operating.
Combined authority to work with housing association coaltion
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has agreed to work with a coalition of 15 housing associations to deliver up to 40,000 affordable homes.
Taxi licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions, campaigners warn
Taxi and private hire vehicle licences are being granted to drivers with criminal convictions because there are no national minimum standards to enforce sufficient safety checks, campaigners have said.
Stormont criticised for proposal to cut £20m in rates support
Northern Ireland local authority leaders have criticised an ‘anti-investment’ proposal to cut nearly £20m of support from Stormont.
Welsh Government proposes lowering voting age for council elections
The Welsh Government has laid out proposals for extending the right to vote in council elections to 16 and 17 year olds.
Essex to take lead over Barnet’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services
Essex CC has been appointed Barnet LBC’s improvement partner after the latter’s children’s services were rated inadequate by inspectors.
Watchdog warns of 'serious concerns' over Clackmannanshire's finances
Scotland's smallest mainland council must take ‘decisive action’ to find nearly £30m in savings over the next three years, auditors have said.
Rural elderly face ‘terrifying’ social care crisis
Elderly people living in rural parts of the country are facing a ‘terrifying’ social care crisis.
‘Fragmented’ approach to child health damaging nation, paediatricians say
The Government’s ‘fragmented’ approach to children's health is damaging the nation, paediatricians have warned.
Remove local authority housing borrowing cap - MPs
The cap on how much councils can borrow to build housing must be lifted if the Government is to reach its target of delivering 300,000 new homes a year, MPs have said.
Health funding wasted on short-term bailouts, watchdog warns
Extra health and social care funding is being used to tackle short-term pressures rather than long-term transformation, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
Welsh councils welcome health and social care review
Welsh local authority leaders have welcomed the publication of a report into the sustainability of the health and social care system, but called for more funding.
Bristol to investigate failures after murder
Councillors in Bristol have agreed to launch an investigation into how the council failed to support Bijan Ebrahimi, who was murdered in a racist attack.
Whitehall announces panel to investigate slow rate of housebuilding
The Government has unveiled the panel of experts who will review the gap between the number of planning permissions being granted and the houses being built in areas of high demand.
Council leaders welcome decrease in delayed transfers
Council leaders have welcomed a reduction in the number of days patients who are ready to be discharged are left in hospital due to a lack of suitable care.
Council ‘struggling’ to resettle refugees
A Welsh authority is struggling to rehouse Syrian refugees because of a shortage of suitable housing.
Welsh councils must tackle causes of homelessness, watchdog says
Local authorities in Wales need to do more to tackle the ‘underlying causes’ of homelessness, auditors have said.
Council leader faces no confidence vote
Windsor & Maidenhead RBC's leader is facing a motion of no confidence after his controversial open letter asking police to remove homeless people ahead of the royal wedding.
Council warns of ‘unprecedented’ fire safety funding gap
Croydon LBC has called on the Government to provide financial support to councils struggling to pay for tower block fire safety measures in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.