Referral and assessment 'lottery’ for autistic patients

The Liberal Democrats have revealed that children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment.

Stronger powers for councils to tackle empty homes

James Brokenshire has confirmed that councils will have more powers to charge even greater council tax premiums on homes left empty.

Combustible cladding system ban urged by MPs

MPs have urged for an extension of combustible cladding ban and action to tackle conflicts of interest in construction industry.

Empty homes should pay double council tax

The Local Government Association has urged for councils to have the powers to double the rate of extra council tax on empty homes.

National youth groups receive funding boost

Lord Bourne has announced £250,000 to give more young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to join national youth groups.

Record-breaking number of green flags for UK green spaces

In the 22nd year of the Green Flag Awards, a record number 1,883 Green Flags have been awarded to green spaces across the UK.

Three-year high for pothole-related breakdowns

The RAC has reported a 15 per cent rise in the number of drivers breaking down after hitting potholes on local roads.

New panel to advise on future of the high street

Jake Berry has announced the appointment of a panel of experts to diagnose issues that currently affect the health of our high streets.

Incineration of waste causes stall in recycling rates

The amount of waste managed by local authorities and sent to incinerators has tripled since 2010, while recycling rates have stalled.

Smart bins to improve waste collection in Hull

Hull City Council will see smart bins introduced across the city in a ground breaking pilot project to improve waste collection.

Business case for unitary authority in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council is to prepare a formal case to replace its current two-tier system of local government with a new unitary authority.

Over half of investigations against councils upheld

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman upheld 57 per cent of the investigations into complaints against councils last year.

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