The government has approved the expansion of Heathrow airport, to include a third runway, in order to expand the UK’s airport capacity.

Isle of Wight Council has decided to go ahead with a plan for a joint Solent authority which could secure £900 million in government grants, after previously voting against the move.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that ‘several hundred’ more children are due to arrive in Britain following the dismantlement of Calais’s ‘Jungle’ camp.

The government is set to review fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT), machines which are common on high streets, and take a closer look at children’s access to gambling.

The UK Home Care Association (UKHCA) has outlined that nine out of 10 UK local authorities are failing to pay realistic prices to support older and disabled people in their homes.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has revealed a new Homeless Reduction Bill which will aims to significantly reform England’s homeless legislation, ensuring that more people can receive the help they need to prevent them from becoming homeless.

Financial experts have warned that the latest increase in public sector borrowing will make achieving a budget surplus even harder.

Businesses will now be able to benefit from grants up to £20,000 when switching their large trucks to electric vehicles.

Barnet Council has signed a £150 million contract for major projects including new schools, leisure and community centres.

A community funded park near Kendal has opened, after a a crowdfunding appeal helped raise the £60,000 necessary for its creation.

Small businesses in Scotland are to share a £60 million expansion fund to target growth through innovation and investment.

Prime Minister Theresa May will offer the devolved administrations a new forum to allow them to help shape the UK's EU exit strategy.

The LGA is arguing that English councils should be freed from restrictions on the ability to borrow to fund new home building.

Hull City Council is considering a move to add fluoride to tap water as part of an attempt to reduce the tooth decay in the city.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain expects to be part of EU decision-making until it triggers Article 40, in March 2017.

A report drawn out for the paper for the council’s scrutiny committee has been published highlighting the challenges facing Scottish Borders Council is maintaining more than 1,100 bridges, many of which are ‘ageing and in need of repair’.


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Led by the Environment Agency, this conference and exhibition attracts key stakeholders from the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community, including civil engineers, transport officials, local authorities, infrastructure owners, utility companies, product manufacturers, consultancies, contractors, businesses, community groups and universities.

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