£12.2 billion spent with SMEs in 2015 to 2016

The Cabinet Office has revealed that SMEs benefited from £12.2 billion worth of central government spending in 2015 to 2016.

£557 million for new renewable energy projects

Up to £557 million for less established renewable electricity projects as part of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy.

Councils to overspend social care budgets

New survey shows that over half of UK councils expect to overspend their adult social care budgets this year by up to nearly £21 million each.

Limited energy price cap for one million households

One million households will save £120 a year when Ofgem extends its prepayment safeguard tariff for more vulnerable people this winter.

Deposit refund scheme could save councils millions

Local authorities could annually save up to £35 million if a deposit refund system for drinks containers was introduced in England.

West Midlands Bus Alliance renews agreement

The West Midlands Bus Alliance has signed an agreement to encourage further high standards of service and reliability for the region's buses.

Cambridge reducing carbon emissions by 658 tonnes

An annual report for Cambridge City Council has highlighted how the city is reducing carbon emissions from its buildings and operations.

Funding key to social care sustainability

A new report has said that the governments’ failure to properly fund social care is leaving millions of people at risk of losing vital support.

Majority of councils collect household rubbish fortnightly

76 per cent of councils in England with responsibility for waste collections run fortnightly general rubbish rounds for some or all households.

New approach for Bath community libraries

Bath & North East Somerset Council has announced plans for a new approach for the delivery of a network of community run libraries.

Council replacing 75 per cent of light with LEDs

Hampshire County Council is replacing 75 per cent of light fittings in its buildings with low energy LEDs.

Oxford supports affordable housing study

Oxford City Council is supporting research that will explore options on how community housing could be sustainably delivered within the region.

Manchester’s State of the City 2017 report published

Manchester City Council has published its State of the City report, providing the first analysis of the progress of the Our Manchester Strategy.

May to unveil council home plans

Theresa May is expected to announce plans for a significant expansion in council housing and plans to make it easier for authorities to get land.

Care home provision heading for crisis in next five years

New research has found that the majority of local authorities could experience a shortfall in care home places by 2022 if action is not taken.

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