New train franchise for West Midlands

A new franchise, managed by a consortium of local councils, will usher in a new era of rail travel for passengers in the West Midlands.

Over 4,000 CPNs issued by councils each year

Councils in England and Wales issued 4,376 Community Protection Notices (CPNs) over the course of a year, resulting in ‘severe injustices’.

£66m spending drop on public libraries in a year

Local government funding squeeze is taking its toll on libraries with total expenditure on council-run libraries fell by £66 million.

£6 million loan proposal for affordable homes

South Lakeland District Council is planning to lend £6 million to housing associations in the region to address the shortage of rental homes.

Sprinkler systems for Manchester’s council-owned high rises

Manchester City Council is set to approve the installation of sprinklers in the 36 council-owned high rise properties.

Six Kent councils see improvement in recycling rates

Six Kent district councils recorded an increase in food waste recycling during the first half of 2017.

Brownfield land not the only solution to housing crisis

A new report has argued that the amount of brownfield land available will not be enough to meet the current housing need.

Winter transport contract for Newcastle council

Newcastle City Council has signed a contract with leading transport company Colas Ltd to keep the city moving during winter weather.

New communities funding for councils

90 per cent of councils are now part of a programme that will create 44,000 new jobs and release land for 25,000 new homes.

Leicestershire proposes £54 million of savings

Leicestershire County Council has revealed its latest budget proposals with a four-year plan to save £54 million by 2022.

Council funding to be halved over next two years

The Local Government Association has warned that councils in England will see core central government funding cut in half over the next two years.

£100m scheme for child sexual abuse survivors

Lambeth Council is launching a scheme, costing £100 million, to support survivors of historic sexual, physical and psychological abuse.

£18 million to tackle traffic congestion in Bedford

Bedford Borough Council has announced an £18 million investment to tackle traffic congestion across its town centre.

Wales witnesses growth in renewables production

Wales’ ambitious targets for clean energy are on track, as electricity consumption from renewables increased from 32 per cent to 43 per cent last year.

Leicestershire ranked top council for productivity

Leicestershire County Council has been ranked the number one council for productivity in a national league table, produced by consultants iMPOWER.

National Transfer Scheme to be expanded

A scheme ensuring that the care responsibilities of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is shared by local authorities is to be extended.

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