£866 million investment for local housing projects

The government has confirmed a £866 million investment in local housing projects that will help build up to 200,000 new homes.

£5 million for affordable, supported accommodation in Leeds

Leeds City Council is set to approve a £5 million investment to provide supported accommodation for vulnerable adults, young people and families.

Over 150,000 homes for social rent lost in five years

The Chartered Institute of Housing has shown that more than 150,000 of the most affordable rented homes have been lost in just five years.

1,240 tonnes of tar used in Swansea road repair scheme

Swansea Council is coming to the end of its PATCH road repair programme for 2017/18, which has seen more than 1,240 tonnes of tar used to repair roads.

Nottingham highlights further SME support

After awarding £48 million worth of contracts to SMEs last year, Nottingham City Council has pledged to continue to support smaller suppliers.

Blackpool set to manage own water supply

Blackpool Council is set to become the first local authority to manage its own water supply following its licence application to Ofwat.

‘Light handed’ regulation could help improve private renting

The government should do more to support the increasing provision of private rented accommodation by housing associations and local authorities.

Government is ‘shifting the burden’ of cuts to struggling families

The Labour party has accused the government of ‘attempting to shift the burden’ of local government cuts onto struggling families.

New legal protections from rogue parking firms

The government will support new legislation to protect drivers from unscrupulous private parking operators.

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.

Southwark Council commits to low-carbon investment

Southwark Council will cut its investments in fossil fuels by agreeing to move £150 million into the Blackrock Low Carbon Target Equity Fund.

£310 million to be spent on care in Staffordshire

Despite social care pressures, Staffordshire County Council has announced that a record £310 million will be spent on care this year.

Welsh councils should adopt better financial arrangements

The Auditor General for Wales has said that councils need to improve the governance and financial management arrangements they have in place.

‘Concerning’ rise in pothole-caused breakdowns

The RAC has recorded an 11 per cent increase in breakdowns caused by poor quality roads in the last three months of 2017.

Council considering selling new £53m headquarters

Northamptonshire County Council have proposed a plan to sell its new £53 million One Angel Square headquarters, which officially opened in October.

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