Give county councils more influence over planning

Two new reports for the CCN have urged for a larger role for county councils in planning to help solve the affordability housing crisis.

Cities call for ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles

City leaders from England and Wales are expected to urge the government to ban the sale of new pure diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2030.

133,000 business rates appeals remain unresolved from 2010

The LGA has revealed over 133,000 businesses are still waiting for an appeal of their business rates valuation from 2010 to be resolved.

Funding boost for Cycle Ambition Cities

Over £7 million government funding will help support Cycle Ambition Cities to make cycling the natural choice of transport and improve cycle safety.

New policies could end homelessness within 10 years

Crisis has claimed that the UK could create an end to homelessness within 10 years if the government embraces certain policies.

£19 million integration investment for local government

Councils across England will receive a share of £19 million to help ease pressures on local services resulting from recent migration.

Child protection information sharing a priority

Nadhim Zahawi has urged councils and NHS organisations yet to implement a child protection information sharing system to do so.

Khan to extend ULEZ plans in London

Sadiq Khan has confirmed that London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded up to the North and South Circular boundary in 2021.

Carillion collapse likely to cost taxpayers estimated £148m

The NAO has reported that the recent collapse of large construction firm Carillion will cost UK taxpayers an estimated £148 million.

Councils handed administrative control of Prevent strategy

The MJ has reported that councils have been handed administrative control of the much-maligned counter terror Prevent strategy.

Dorset merger given final green light despite challenges

Legislation has now passed in both Houses of Parliament ensuring that Dorset will be served by two brand new unitary councils from April 2019.

165,000 homes could be built without local scrutiny

Current housebuilding targets are running the risk of allowing nearly 165,000 new homes to bypass scrutiny by the local community.

England facing shortfall of four million homes

The National Housing Federation has revealed that England’s total housing need backlog has reached four million homes.

Fundamental reform is needed to improve building safety

Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations has controversially not urged for a ban on flammable cladding.

Parliament join surge to crack down on plastics

Parliamentary staff are to be encouraged to put sustainability at the heart of their work and phase out plastic bottles, cups, bags and cutlery.

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