£3 billion of outstanding council tax debt last year

Citizens Advice has found that ‘outdated and punitive’ council tax regulations are contributing to serious financial harm.

Funding for improving air quality on London streets

Five business groups across London will be offered funding for innovative projects to reduce traffic, ease congestion and improve air quality.

Food parcels soar 73 per cent in five years

The last year has been the busiest for food banks, with 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis last year.

Labour pledges £1.3bn annually for bus services

Reinstating bus services across the country will provide a lifeline to many people, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Very few homeowners saving for future care

A survey has shown that fewer than one in four homeowners are saving for their future care needs.

Do not ‘roll back from devolution’, government warned

Large regional economies in the UK have challenged the government not to roll-back from the promise of greater devolution after Brexit.

Local places risk becoming ‘doughnut economies’

Major local authorities should strike productivity deals with private sector local economic anchors to galvanise economic growth.

£1bn a year funding gap for single homelessness

Nine years of government cuts have left local services for single homeless people with a shocking £1 billion a year funding gap.

Calls for PSPO to be scrapped following rise in fines

Almost 10,000 fines for breaches of ‘petty’ council orders were issued in 2018, leading to calls for the PSPOs to be scrapped.

Youth services cut by 70 per cent since 2010

Analysis of spending by English local authorities on services for young people has revealed a real-terms cut of £880 million since 2010.

Provision for school special needs cut by over £1bn

Special needs provision in England has lost out on £1.2 billion because of shortfalls in funding increases from central government since 2015.

Robust scrutiny of financial management needed in Scotland

Systems to prevent public money being lost to mistakes and fraud in Scotland's councils may be becoming strained.

300 local authorities bid for high streets fundings

More than 300 local authorities have bid for a share of the £675 million Future High Streets Fund to transform their local high streets.

Council tax debt recovery improvements pledged

Vulnerable people who fall behind with council tax payments will have greater protection from aggressive debt enforcement.

High Street exits remain at historic high

A record net 2,481 stores disappeared from Great Britain’s top 500 high streets last year, as openings slump to lowest levels on record.

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