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.

New measures to cut down on unfair leasehold practices

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced new measures to crackdown on unfair and abusive practices within the leasehold system.

Government complacency has failed homelessness

Homelessness across England is now ‘a national crisis’, with a new report sating the government’s attitude has been 'unacceptably complacent'.

Councils can add extra one per cent onto council tax bills

Speaking in the House of Commons, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that councils will be allowed to increase their core council tax.

Improvement needed in civil service gender pay gap

Women are paid less than men across the civil service, with women earning 16.9 per cent less than male colleagues in some departments.

Culture change needed in local government

The Communities and Local Government Committee has stated that a 'culture change' is needed within local authorities.

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