£1 billion at risk of being sent back to EU

The government is unlikely to invest almost £1 billion in local communities through the ESF, risking the money being sent back to Brussels.

May launches government’s first Loneliness Strategy

Theresa May has launched the first strategy to tackle loneliness, claiming it to be ‘one of the greatest public health challenges of our time’.

12-year low for local bus journeys

The crisis facing local transport has reached a pivotal point as the number of local bus journeys has fallen to a 12-year low.

Risk of pothole-related breakdowns doubles

The RAC has reported that motorists are now around 2.5 times more likely to suffer pothole-related breakdowns than 12 years ago.

One in 10 deprived areas deemed ‘food desert’

Nearly one in 10 of the country’s most economically deprived areas are food deserts, with residents unable to afford fresh fruit and vegetables.

Cuts for hybrid vehicles in reformed PICG

The Department for Transport has announced changes to funding to support purchasing the next 35,000 of the cleanest vehicles.

Public facing a growing ‘care injustice’

The CQC has warned that the public is facing a growing ‘care injustice’ as people are finding it more difficult to get help in England.

Lifesaving library services improving mental health

People living with mental health conditions are benefiting from lifesaving library services which have been launched by councils.

Fully funded pay rise needed to protect music teachers

School music lessons will be under threat unless the government covers the cost of the teacher pay rise to include music teachers.

£20m fund to help homeless into private rented homes

The government has launched a £20 million fund to help those at risk of homelessness secure their own tenancy.

New mental health campaign launched in Midlands

A new Every Mind Matters campaign has been launched across the Midlands by Public Health England.

Declining appetite for outsourcing in local government

A new NLGN report has found that the appetite for outsourcing within local government to the private sector is declining.

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