National taxation key to solving adult social care

89 per cent of councils believe that national taxation should be part of the financial solution to the adult social care crisis.

Fresh calls for government to suspend right to buy

11,465 homes were sold by councils under the right to buy scheme in 2017/18, while councils were only able to replace 4,944 homes using the receipts.

Swansea considering own energy company

Swansea Council is considering introducing a new, arm's length energy company to help cut household and business energy bills across the city.

£2 million to aid Leicestershire’s children’s centres

Leicestershire County Council is planning to invest £2 million in a new Family Wellbeing Service to help keep more children’s centres open.

Sharing services saves taxpayers £840 million

Local Government Association analysis has revealed that more than £800 million of taxpayers’ money has been saved by councils sharing services.

Counties call for pre-Spending Review cash

England’s largest councils have warned ‘the worst is yet to come’ unless government provides counties with additional funding ahead of the Spending Review.

Any 'EU dividend' will be hard to calculate

The Public Accounts Committee finds that any 'EU dividend' will be hard to calculate and, if it materialises, is some years away, as it urges for clarity on Brexit cost.

Bristol cabinet to consider proposal to keep all Libraries open

A report to Bristol City Council’s cabinet has recommended that all of Bristol’s 27 libraries should be retained.

Social Care Premium urged to fund personal care for all

Two Commons committees have urged for a sustainable funding solution for adult social care, including a call for a new tax on over-40s.

City centres must become less reliant on retail in order to thrive

Too many city centres are over-dependent on retail, and must swap shops for offices, housing and public space to transform their economic prospects.

Social housing investment boost confirmed

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has announced a multi-billion pound boost to social housing across England.

Assurance offered for companies bidding for government contracts

Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington reinforced the government’s commitment to the private and voluntary sector delivery of public services.

Warning that rural communities left behind by LEPs

A new survey has shown that Local Enterprise Partnerships have a negative impact on the countryside and neglect rural regions.

Most would pay extra tax to pay for social care

the majority of people would be willing to pay more in council tax or voluntary one-off levies to better fund particular local services. 

Change system to ensure faster building of new homes

A review of house building has urged the government to make changes to the current system to ensure new homes are built faster.

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