Rough sleepers up 20 per cent since last Christmas

New figures show that levels of rough sleeping in the UK have risen by 20 per cent in just 12 months and doubled in the last five years.

Electric car chargepoints to be smart by July

All government funded home chargepoints for electric vehicles must use innovative ‘smart’ technology from July 2019.

Four in five older people will struggle to find social care

Research argues that only one in five local areas in the UK report having enough older people’s care to meet growing demand.

Birmingham CC reveals how Clean Air Zone will function

Birmingham City Council has published how its Clean Air Zone will work, which is due to be implemented from January 2020.

Brexit uncertainty to negatively hit housing market

New survey suggests that ongoing uncertainty and gloom about Brexit are set to hit the UK housing market well into next year.

Drakeford confirmed as new Welsh first minister

Mark Drakeford has succeeded Carwyn Jones and has been confirmed as the new First Minister after a vote in the Welsh Assembly.

Reorganisation plans abandoned in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council has abandoned its reorganisation plans, which could have saved the authority millions each year.

Photo from The Street Zero Partnership

An innovative partnership entitled Street Zero has been launched on the streets of Newcastle to put an end to rough sleeping in the region.

New bus in bath for reliable mobile library service

Bath & North East Somerset Council will take delivery of a brand new mobile library bus next year to improve its community library services.

Approach to failure in local government needs rethink

A new paper has argued that local government does not currently have the mechanisms to deal consistently with council failure.

£2 million for play opportunities in Wales

The Welsh Government has made £2 million available to help local authorities deliver play opportunities for children in their areas.

Panel to raise outcomes in North East of England

An expert group has been recruited to raise aspirations and create more opportunities for young people in the North East of England.

Staff shortages severely affecting home care services

Squeezed funding and staff shortages are severely affecting home care services in some areas of England, claims new report.

Public health budgets set to be slashed by £85m

Government figures suggest that the public health budget is still set to be cut by £85 million, despite reassurances by ministers.

£9 million Centre for Cyber Security in Hereford close

Herefordshire County Council is being urged to approve the launch of a new joint venture company to build a new Centre for Cyber Security.

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