New rules over offenders from serving as councillors

The rules preventing people found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils will be strengthened.

£1 billion at risk of being sent back to EU

The government is unlikely to invest almost £1 billion in local communities through the ESF, risking the money being sent back to Brussels.

May launches government’s first Loneliness Strategy

Theresa May has launched the first strategy to tackle loneliness, claiming it to be ‘one of the greatest public health challenges of our time’.

Cuts for hybrid vehicles in reformed PICG

The Department for Transport has announced changes to funding to support purchasing the next 35,000 of the cleanest vehicles.

£20m fund to help homeless into private rented homes

The government has launched a £20 million fund to help those at risk of homelessness secure their own tenancy.

Powers sought to tackle Manchester’s congestion chaos

Andy Burnham has urged the government to provide Greater Manchester the resources to tackle local congestion.

New generation of council housing announced

The government has announced borrowing restrictions will be removed enabling councils to play a key role in delivering more homes.

Food waste reversal could supply 250m extra meals

Michael Gove says 250 million extra meals could be supplied each year to the most needy in society by cracking down on unnecessary food waste.

£1.3bn government funding cut next year

Government grant funding for local services will be cut by a further £1.3 billion in 2019/20, despite current council overspends.

£743 million funding drop for early children’s services

Statistics on children’s services have revealed that budgets for ‘early intervention’ children’s services have dropped by £743 million in the last five years.

Labour pledges enhanced 30-hour childcare scheme

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to announce a pledge to extend the government’s 30 hours of free childcare programme.

Recycling post code lottery leads to poor rates

A postcode lottery of different schemes has led to more than 80 per cent of waste not being sent for recycling in some areas.

Poorer areas have lost out on £1bn since 2010

Council leaders have united to campaign against austerity only for the most deprived areas of the country.

Labour to make no more academies pledge

Angela Rayner is set to tell the Labour Party conference in Liverpool that the current school system is ‘simply not fit for purpose’.

Brexit voting towns most likely to suffer

Towns who were more likely to vote leave in the EU referendum are the areas of the UK that could lose most from the Brexit process.

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