Javid gives go ahead for ‘super districts’ in Suffolk

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has backed proposals to create a new West Suffolk Council to drive prosperity, jobs and meet future challenges.

Clean Air Zones failing to target biggest polluters

Greener Journeys has said that current guidance for councils on Clean Air Zones fails to promote a shift away from car use to cleaner modes of transport.

UK drivers spending 31 hours in rush-hour congestion

According to traffic data firm Inrix, UK drivers spent an average of 31 hours in rush-hour congestion last year, costing each motorist £1,168.

Spending controls in place in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council has imposed immediate spending controls on the authority, banning practically all spending.

Nottingham to pursue high rise sprinklers

Nottingham City Council will go ahead with the installation of sprinklers in residential high rise blocks in the city, despite a lack of government support.

Labour pledges 8,000 new homes for rough sleepers

Labour has promised to tackle the scandal of rough sleeping by pledging 8,000 affordable homes for people with a history of sleeping on the streets.

Rough sleeping rises for seventh year

Rough sleeping in England has increased for the seventh year in a row, despite the government investing £550 million to address the issue.

One per cent in council tax will not stop pressure

The CCN has warned that new freedoms to raise council tax will only raise one tenth of the amount being cut from county council budgets.

Shelter launches new social housing commission

Homelessness charity Shelter is to launch a new commission scrutinising social housing in Britain in the wake of June’s Grenfell Tower fire.

Government should move away from PFI and outsourcing

The Smith Institute think tank has urged the government to pause all public service outsourcing and PFI deals.

SMEs could be worst affected by Brexit

Small and medium-sized businesses may be worst affected when the UK leaves the European Union.

New Office for Product Safety and Standards

The Department for BEIS has announced the creation of a new office tasked with identifying consumer risks and managing responses to large-scale product recalls and repairs.

Scrap mayoral election until devolution delivered

Council leaders have said that the forthcoming mayoral election in South Yorkshire should be cancelled until a devolution deal can be agreed.

Councils support threatened live music venues

The LGA has joined a cross-party campaign which will see a person or business responsible for a change in noise conditions being held responsible for managing that change.

Councils should embrace a bold ‘changemaking’ approach

A new paper, published by the NLGN, has argued that local authorities should adopt a bold ‘changemaking’ approach for its future steps.

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