£7 million funding for cycle safety

Eight cities will benefit from a £7 million government investment in projects to improve road safety, helping create more bike-friendly areas.

Church spires to boost rural digital connectivity

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced that church spires will be used to boost digital connectivity in rural areas.

Half of council-helped children experience abuse

The LGA has warned that half of children who are assessed as ‘in need of extra help’ by councils have experienced or witnessed domestic violence.

Core Cities leaders to meet with EU chief

Leaders representing Core Cities UK are to meet with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

Climate change to increase chance of flooding

As it launches its Flood Action Campaign, the Environment Agency has warned that intense bouts of flooding are set to become more frequent.

£18m extra support for Worcestershire’s most vulnerable

Worcestershire County Council has agreed to invest more than £18 million extra into supporting the county's most vulnerable people.

Strategic planning reforms needed for county housing

The CCN is urging the Housing Secretary to strengthen reforms to the planning system in rural areas to help fight rising prices in English counties.

423,000 homes with planning permission waiting to be built

New research by the LGA has revealed that more than 423,000 homes have been given planning permission but are still waiting to be built.

Rising car use hits Britain’s bus network

Britain's bus network has shrunk to levels last seen in the late 1980s, forcing some communities to start their own services.

Scottish council plans schools meals 365 days a year

North Lanarkshire Council is proposing to tackle ‘holiday hunger’ and provide school meals 365 days a year to children from low income families.

£45 million boost to unlock land for homes

A £45 million cash fun has been announced for key community projects to help accelerate the building of 7,280 homes on council owned land.

150,000 children of public sector workers living in poverty

One in seven children with a parent working in the public sector will be living in poverty by the end of this financial year.

Blue Badge thefts have quadrupled in five years

The LGA has warned that thefts of Blue Badges have risen 42 per cent over the last two year, reaching 2,921 thefts in 2017.

£11.6 million neighbourhood fund for London boroughs

The Mayor of London has announced that £11.6 million funding to give London councils the funds to improve their streets and local neighbourhoods.

Nottingham generating £20m a year from commercial activities

Having seen government funding fall, Nottingham City Council is generating £20 million a year from commercial activities.

New electric street sweeper on trial in Liverpool

Liverpool City Council is trialling an electric street sweeper to create a cleaner and greener city.


Event Diary

Flood & Coast has become the authoritative annual exhibition and conference for anyone involved in flood and coastal erosion risk management in the UK.

Taking place at London’s ExCeL, ecobuild is the number one event for forward thinkers in the built environment, comprising the ecobuild conference and futurebuild districts.

Hotelympia 2018 will equip visitors with products, trends and innovations to develop their businesses.