MPs accuse government of lacking clear flood resilience targets
MPs have urged the Government to provide councils with the resources they need to protect vulnerable communities from flooding.
COVID-19 reveals scale of rough sleeping ‘far exceeds’ previous estimates
The scale of the rough sleeping population in England ‘far exceeds’ the Government’s previous estimates and has been made clear during the pandemic.
Council leaders welcome £4.6bn lockdown grants to support businesses
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 to support them during the lockdown, chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.
Jenrick announces delayed £830m high street investment
The Government has finally announced the 72 areas that will benefit from millions of pounds of funding as part of the effort to help high streets recover from the impact of the pandemic.
Jenrick announces revised plan for housing algorithm
The Government has announced a raft of new measures in an attempt to provide much-needed homes in urban areas and on brownfield sites.
Tier three areas offered community testing support
The Government has invited areas in tier three to apply for support for community testing as part of the effort to detect asymptomatic cases of COVID-19.
Tier three communities in north and Midlands ‘stretched to breaking point’
Tier three communities in the north and Midlands will be ‘stretched to breaking point’ once the grant aimed at supporting local business is cut at the end of the national lockdown, according to Labour.
Edinburgh can do more to ‘fulfil its potential,’ say auditors
Edinburgh City Council should do more to ‘fulfil its potential,’ auditors have said.
Seven areas across England set to receive nearly £180m investment
Communities in seven areas across England are set to benefit from up to £178.7m in new Town Deals, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.
Council leaders welcome £7bn care investment call
Local government leaders have welcomed a call from MPs for a £7bn annual increase in social care funding as a first step towards fixing the ongoing crisis.
Planning reforms risk delivery of affordable homes, council leaders warn
Communities could have missed out on 30,000 affordable homes in the past five years if proposed government planning reforms were in place, local leaders have warned.
Government ‘effectively abandoned’ care home residents to COVID-19, Amnesty says
Care home residents in England were ‘effectively abandoned’ by the Government in the early stages of the pandemic, a human rights organisation has said.
Committee condemns ‘pie-in-the-sky’ cladding promises
Thousands of people are at risk because of ‘serious shortcomings’ in the Government’s long-term response to the Grenfell Tower fire, MPs have said.
Council leaders welcome £12bn affordable housing fund
Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s affordable housing funding announcement, but called for more powers to deliver social homes in their areas.
Tribunal rules foster care workers entitled to employee rights
A UK tribunal has ruled that foster care workers are council employees and therefore entitled to employment rights.
New scheme to support self-isolating workers does not go ‘far enough’, Burnham says
Mayor Andy Burnham has criticised the Government’s announcement of a new payment for people who are self-isolating, arguing it ‘goes nowhere near far enough’.
Local authority pension fund invests £150m in rental housing
An investment manager for local authority pension funds has invested £150m in private rental housing provider Get Living.
Government tells councils to ‘do their bit’ for child asylum seekers
The Home Office has called on local authorities to do more to support vulnerable children seeking asylum in the UK.
Extra £40m to tackle homelessness
The Welsh Government has announced extra cash aimed to provide people with safe and secure homes.
Care home deaths drop but council chiefs still ‘seriously’ concerned
Council chiefs welcome decrease in the number of Covid-related care home deaths but warn that it is ‘seriously concerning’ that the death rate remains so high.