A third of local councils failing BAME communities

Research finds that nearly one in every four councils have no elected representatives from minority ethnic communities.

£3 billion of outstanding council tax debt last year

Citizens Advice has found that ‘outdated and punitive’ council tax regulations are contributing to serious financial harm.

More social care demand, but less support offered

The proportion of working-age adults approaching local authorities for social care support is rising, but fewer are receiving help.

Public sector organisations in Cardiff sign Healthy Travel Charter

Cardiff’s leading public sector organisations have signed the newly developed Healthy Travel Charter.

UK’s first citizens assembly to address climate change

Oxford City Council is to be the first UK local authority to establish a citizens assembly to help address the issue of climate change.

Food parcels soar 73 per cent in five years

The last year has been the busiest for food banks, with 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis last year.

Labour pledges £1.3bn annually for bus services

Reinstating bus services across the country will provide a lifeline to many people, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Scotland aims to reduce food waste by 2025

The Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland have unveiled ambitious plans to help reduce Scotland’s food waste by one third by 2025.

Council customer communication questioned

Councils should reconsider their communication strategy in order to cater for customers’ future digital demands.

Do not ‘roll back from devolution’, government warned

Large regional economies in the UK have challenged the government not to roll-back from the promise of greater devolution after Brexit.

Local places risk becoming ‘doughnut economies’

Major local authorities should strike productivity deals with private sector local economic anchors to galvanise economic growth.

More men encouraged to join early-years profession

A new government-backed programme is encouraging men to start careers in nurseries and early years settings.

Calls for greater powers to restrict junk food adverts

A new report has uncovered the limited powers that local authorities have to restrict advertising of products high in fat, salt and sugar.

£1bn a year funding gap for single homelessness

Nine years of government cuts have left local services for single homeless people with a shocking £1 billion a year funding gap.

Calls for PSPO to be scrapped following rise in fines

Almost 10,000 fines for breaches of ‘petty’ council orders were issued in 2018, leading to calls for the PSPOs to be scrapped.

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