Three Scottish councils ‘running out of reserves’

Three Scottish councils could run out of their cash reserves within three years, the public spending watchdog has said.

Proposal for new Norfolk gas-fired power station

Norfolk County Council’s Policy and Resources Committee has been notified of a proposal to build a new gas-fired power station near King’s Lynn.

Lancashire awards new bus contracts

Buses in Lancashire are to get major improvements as the county council awards contracts for new services due to start in December.

Wales launches Industrial Strategy

The Welsh Business Secretary has launched the government’s Industrial Strategy, which sets out a long-term vision for how Britain can build on its economic strengths.

Record £819 million made from parking

English councils made a record £819 million from their parking operations in the last financial year - 10 per cent higher than the year before.

Children’s social services ‘most pressing’ financial concern

Funding children’s social services is the most pressing concern for finance heads, local government experts have revealed.

Northern Powerhouse group launched

MPs from all parties have launched a group to ‘drive business, skills and economic growth’ in the north of England.

1.5 million tonnes of salt ready for winter

Councils are ready for freezing temperatures with 1.5 million tonnes of salt stockpiled and gritters out in force.

Industrial Strategy launched to boost economy

The Business Secretary has launched the government’s flagship Industrial Strategy with a plan to boost the economy and build on the country’s strengths.

Oxford invests millions to improve estates and housing stock

Oxford City Council is investing over £3.68 million in the current financial year to improve its housing stock and residential estates.

First council houses in Gateshead for 30 years

Gateshead Council has given the green light to the building of the first new council houses to be designed and built by the council for 30 years.

Electronics to reduce fuel bills on council refuse lorries

South Northamptonshire Council is incorporating advanced telematics to help cut fuel bills on its refuse vehicles and electric vehicles.

North of the Tyne devolution details released

Ministers have revealed details of the North of Tyne devolution deal which will see the region benefit from £600 million of new government investment.

More West Sussex schools join renewables project

Two schools in Crawley and Horsham are the latest to join the West Sussex County Council Solar Power for Schools programme.

£30 million to improve road safety for HS2 communities

£30 million of funding for towns and villages along the route of the new High Speed Two railway will help improve road and cycle safety.

Community libraries gets council backing in Bath

Proposals to develop community libraries have been backed by Bath & North East Somerset Council who plan to keep the mobile service operating.

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