Minister denies council cuts and homelessness link

The government’s new Homelessness Minister has told the Guardian that council cuts are not to blames for the increase in rough sleepers.

EV charging points to quadruple in London next year

London Councils has revealed that London boroughs are set to deliver over 2,600 charging points across the capital in the next financial year.

Greater Manchester named UK’s first age-friendly city region

The World Health Organization has recognised Greater Manchester as the UK’s first age-friendly city region as it launches an age-friendly strategy.

Elderly falls set to cause 1,000 admissions a day

The LGA has warned that the number of hospital admissions due to an older person falling is set to rise to nearly 1,000 a day by the end of the decade.

£26 million boost to school breakfast clubs

The Department for Education has announced a £26 million investment to run morning clubs in schools in the most disadvantaged areas.

Number of secondary schools in deficit trebles

Research has found that the number of state secondary schools falling into deficit has almost trebled in the last four years to more than a quarter.

£3 million flood risk action plan for Devon

Over 300 homes and businesses will benefit from greater flood protection as part of Devon County Council’s Flood Risk Management Action Plan.

New collaboration to encourage community engagement

The NALC is to work with the Company of Community Organisers to build local relationships and help councillors engage with communities and residents.

Council to ban plastic straws and compostable coffee cups

Newcastle City Council is to ban plastics straws and switch to compostable coffee cups in its offices.

Manchester to increase care pay to Living Wage level

Manchester City Council has announced plans to increase the pay of the city’s home care assistants by £1 an hour.

Councils in child abuse reporting alliance

The LGA and some local councils are supporting a new campaign to tackle child abuse and neglect and increase confidence in reporting incidents.

Emergency care fund 'crisis spending' fears

A new report by iMPOWER has detailed how councils have used the £2 billion Improved Better Care Fund since it was announced last Spring.


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