Welsh children’s services reaching ‘crisis point’

The Welsh Local Government Association has warned that children's services in Wales are nearly ‘at crisis point’.

£568m for affordable housing in Scotland

More affordable homes will be delivered across Scotland this year after the government announced a £35 million increase to council allocations.

Review launched into carbon monoxide alarms

Dominic Raab has announced that a review will be taken into rules that require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in homes across England.

£1.5 million funding for council cyber efforts

The Local Government Association has been awarded £1.5 million to help improve and enhance councils’ cyber security systems.

Leicestershire to roll-out Smart Libraries network

Leicestershire County Council has confirmed that up to 14 libraries in the region will be converted to ‘Smart Libraries’.

Brokenshire new Communites Secretary

Following Amber Rudd’s recent resignation, Theresa May has announced that Sajid Javid has been named as the new Home Secretary.

£8.5m fund to improve early language and literacy development

An £8.5 million programme has opened for local authorities to fund projects to improve early language and literacy development for disadvantaged children.

Government ‘overlooking the housing needs of older people’

The APPG on Housing and Care for Older People has reported that government policies are ‘overlooking the housing needs of older people’ in rural areas.

Councils not able to cap personal care budgets

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said that councils cannot set maximum budget levels when calculating the cost of people’s care.

10,000 potholes repaired in Hertfordshire this year

Hertfordshire County Council has repaired over 10,000 potholes so far this year as part of a winter recovery programme.

Student majority warning causing funding gap

A growing funding gap is developing in Nottingham, caused by the high proportion of students in Nottingham leaving the city council short of council tax.

Stamp duty cut benefitting 69,000 households

The abolition of stamp duty land tax on properties under £300,000 has helped 69,000 first-time buyers since the relief was introduced.

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The annual Digital Government conference will be returning to the QEII Centre, London on Thursday 24th May.