Debate encouraged on flood risk communities

Sir James Bevan has opened debate on whether communities at the highest risk of flooding should be abandoned and their residents permanently relocated.

£300 million investment in new homes

Sajid Javid has announced that Greater Manchester, the West of England and Oxfordshire will receive shares of nearly £300 million for new homes.

Two Somerset councils merger approved

A planned merger between Somerset’s West Somerset and Taunton Deane Borough councils has been approved despite growing criticism.

Gov investment in building new homes has plummeted

The CIH has revealed that government investment in building new homes has plummeted while spending on housing benefit has soared.

Hospital admissions for terminally ill costing NHS £2.5 billion

Marie Curie has reported that the NHS is struggling to cope with A&E admissions of people who are in the last year of their lives.

New plans set out to strengthen local government in Wales

Alun Davies has published plans that could see Wales' 22 councils merged to as few as ten, as part of local government reform proposals.

'Barn conversions’ heap more pressure on rural areas

Rural areas could lose out on investment for affordable homes as a result of planning changes allowing more new homes to avoid local approval.

Individual costs for social care to be capped

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that any new system of funding social care will be capped and pledged further support for struggling councils.

Nottingham scheme to reduce the energy demand in buildings

Nottingham City Council is taking part in a new project looking at how people and technology can work better together to reduce energy demand within buildings.

Local government post Brexit right agreed

A process will be established to consult local government on matters previously consulted on through the EU Committee of the Regions.

nextbike chosen to run West Midlands bike-share

Transport for West Midlands, part of the WMCA, has chosen nextbike to run the UK’s largest docked bike-share scheme outside London.

‘Outdated and regressive’ council tax should be ditched

The government should consider scrapping the current ‘regressive’ council tax system in favour of a fairer system.


Event Diary

On the 16th & 17th of May, UK’s most ambitious SME owners, startup owners, creative leaders and decision makers will take part in what is being Europe’s largest business event.

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