English housebuilding at decade high, DCLG figures show

New figures released by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said the number of new homes being built in England is at its highest level for ten years.

Public raise over £4 million for Manchester terror victims

Donations from members of the public and Manchester United and Manchester City to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund have now reached £4.1 million.

Controversy over all-male cabinet

The Conservative-run Vale of Glamorgan council has been accused of reaching a ‘new low for diversity’, after it emerged its cabinet would be run by a team of seven men, led by councillor John Thomas.

West Suffolk councils take on extra staff to combat homelessness

Edmundsbury borough and Forest Heath district councils are to recruit extra staff to help fight homelessness in response to rising numbers as well as major changes to legislation and benefits.

89 per cent of council websites make transition to mobile

According to the latest survey released by Better Connected, 89 per cent of council websites now present a responsive or mobile site when accessed from a smartphone.

Aberdeen City Council to spend £1.3m on park refurbishment

A total of £1.3million is to be spent refurbishing play parks across Aberdeen in 2017/18 after the money was agreed by the City Council’s communities, housing and infrastructure committee.

Aged care must increase by a quarter to meet needs, study concludes

New research, conducted by the University of Liverpool, University College London (UCL), University of Gdansk and INSERM Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, has highlighted that the UK’s aged social care must grow by 25 per cent within 10 years to meet increasing needs.

Liverpool chief exec steps aside after arrest

It has been announced that Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald will 'voluntarily step aside' after he was arrested as part of an investigation into alleged financial irregularities in the tendering of contracts to BT.

East Hampshire litter penalties halve after privatisation reversal

Figures have shown the number of fines for litter and dog fouling has halved for East Hampshire District Council, after it replaced private enforcement officers with its own staff.

Lights on option for Surrey councils

Local councils in Surrey could be handed powers to turn street lights back on, if they pay for the cost of doing so themselves.

Social Investment Fund launched for homelessness

Homeless Link has launched a £4.5 million Social Investment Fund for organisations working to reduce homelessness.

Data still being locked away, experts report

Open data leaders are stalling, and even backsliding in their delivery of open data, the Open Data Barometer finds.

Councils would be hit by deposit scheme

Plastic bottle deposit schemes could threaten the investment made by local authorities in infrastructure and collection services.

Councils in 'severe' need for affordable homes

A new report has found that 98 per cent of councils have described their need for affordable houses as ‘severe’ or ‘moderate’.

UK’s bathing water quality questioned

An EEA survey has found that 20 beaches across Britain failed an assessment on the quality of their bathing water.

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