Community Managed Libraries handover in Derby

Derby City Council has signed agreements with DHA confirming the local charity’s plans to run all ten proposed Community Managed Libraries.

Extra £100 million for road repairs

The Department for Transport has announced that a further £100 million is being given to councils to help repair potholes.

£15 million Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund

Michael Ellis has announced that three cultural projects will receive a share of the £15 million Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund.

£220 million Clean Air Fund launched

The government has launched a £220 million Clean Air Fund to improve air quality in some of the most polluted areas of the UK.

Foundations ready to develop first wave of homes

Liverpool City Council’s ‘ethical housing company’ has set out a £50 million budget to deliver the first phase of a 10,000 build programme.

Dockless bike hire scheme to launch in Leeds

Leeds City Council has announced that deckles bike company ofo will launch a fleet of 1,000 bikes in the city centre in May.

Government error overpays councils by £36 million

What has been deemed an ‘historic error’ by the government has seen local councils overpaid a total of £36 million more than they were entitled to.

Javid approves Somerset council merge

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has approved the creation of a new district council covering the Somerset region.

Further funding to improve quality of adoption services

Five new Regional Adoption Agencies have been granted £3.4 million as part of the government’s ambition to create a world-leading adoption system.

£215 million for council homelessness services

Homelessness Minister Heather Wheeler has announced that councils are set to receive a share of £215 million to prevent homelessness.

£300 million investment in new homes

Sajid Javid has announced that Greater Manchester, the West of England and Oxfordshire will receive shares of nearly £300 million for new homes.

Two Somerset councils merger approved

A planned merger between Somerset’s West Somerset and Taunton Deane Borough councils has been approved despite growing criticism.

Gov investment in building new homes has plummeted

The CIH has revealed that government investment in building new homes has plummeted while spending on housing benefit has soared.

New plans set out to strengthen local government in Wales

Alun Davies has published plans that could see Wales' 22 councils merged to as few as ten, as part of local government reform proposals.

'Barn conversions’ heap more pressure on rural areas

Rural areas could lose out on investment for affordable homes as a result of planning changes allowing more new homes to avoid local approval.

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