‘Fourth option’ available for council property projects

A new property model could deliver up to £6 billion worth of investment in construction if adopted by all councils across England, a new report argues.

Calls for government to bring in new Clean Air Act

The government is under renewed pressure to introduce a new Clean Air Act to tackle the UK’s toxic levels of air pollution.

Cornwall charging £4,000 for disabled bay

People with disabilities are being charged £3,800 by Cornwall Council for a designated parking bay outside their homes.

Grenfell survivors urge council to keep volunteer therapists

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are urging the council not to axe the services of 15 volunteer complementary therapists who have been supporting victims since the tragedy.

Oxfordshire agrees £10m Carillion exit deal

A contract with liquidated construction company Carillion to carry out work in Oxfordshire has been terminated early.

Better child healthcare needed in England

The health of children in England is being harmed by public sector cuts and ‘disjointed’ government policies, a report has found.

Sheltered housing neglect and abuse claims rising

Over 30,000 allegations of abuse and neglect were received by UK councils concerning sheltered housing residents between 1 April 2014 and 1 November 2017.

Council Tax increase to protect frontline services

Hertfordshire has proposed to adopt the general council tax increase to meet the challenges of increased demand for services from an ageing population.

Growth deal hoped to ‘breathe new life’ into county

Northumberland County Council hopes a new growth deal for the Borders will breathe new life into neglected areas of the county.

Hostel to provide beds for the homeless

A hostel for homeless people has been opened by Manchester City Council as part of its commitment to reduce rough sleeping.

Elderly malnutrition set to cost care sector £15 million

The APPG on hunger has urged the government to tackle malnutrition in the elderly to save the NHS and social care over £15 billion a year.

Government should move away from PFI and outsourcing

The Smith Institute think tank has urged the government to pause all public service outsourcing and PFI deals.

Regions propose a ‘Western Powerhouse’

A ‘Western Powerhouse’ can boost job prospects across the whole region and rival the Northern Powerhouse, the Welsh Secretary has said.

Devon County Council awards residual waste contract

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has been awarded a contract by Devon County Council to develop a new waste transfer station.

Electric truck proposal for Sheffield

Sheffield City Council has applied for funding to convert two of its retired refuse collection vehicles to run on the waste taken away from households.

MPs say that plans to solve housing crisis will fail

The Treasury Select Committee has said that government plans to tackle the housing crisis will fail without further reforms.


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