Local councils quick to use bailiffs

Local councils and government bodies are often worse than consumer creditors, can be very aggressive and quick to use bailiffs.

Government announces further business rates pilots

The government has announced that more councils are being invited to apply for powers to retain the growth in their business rates.

Joint Parks Foundation in Bristol and Bath

Bristol City Council and Bath & North East Somerset Council will develop a Parks Foundation to support public parks across the two cities.

Further financial concern in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council has issued a second Section 114 notice due to the ongoing financial crisis facing the authority.

LEP shake up proposed by ministers

Ministers have put forward new proposals for LEPs to supercharge economic growth and drive forward investment in local businesses.

Record high for severe obesity in 10 to 11-year-olds

Public Health England has reported that levels of severe obesity in children aged 10 to 11 years have reached the highest point since records began

Plans to remove commissioners from Rotherham Council

James Brokenshire has announced that the government will end the intervention into Rotherham Council three years after calling in inspectors.

End of life care is not being prioritised

Local authorities have failed to prioritise palliative and end of life care, despite the health care challenges posed by a rapidly ageing population.

Public sector staff to receive pay rises

Having announced similar plans last year, Theresa May has revealed wage increases for about one million workers in the public sector.

£4.5 million for social prescribing schemes

£4.5 million announced for programmes to refer NHS patients to local community services such as walking clubs, gardening or arts activities.

LGiU sets out options for reforming local government finance

The LGiU has launched its Local Finance Scorecard to encourage a debate on local government finance and funding post 2020.

One in four admit to ‘carefully’ littering

A quarter of people admit to 'carefully' littering, as Keep Britain Tidy launches a new initiative to help local authorities tackle the issue.

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