National Transfer Scheme to be expanded

A scheme ensuring that the care responsibilities of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is shared by local authorities is to be extended.

Proposals for community libraries and centres agreed in Lancashire

Lancashire County Council will transfer ownership of five buildings to local groups, seeing two independent community-run libraries established.

Aberdeen may pursue school holiday meals initiative

A project which provides free meals for children during school holidays could be expanded by Aberdeen City Council after a successful pilot scheme.

Progress towards a ‘flood-ready Yorkshire’

Council leaders from across Yorkshire are meeting to consider the future effects of climatic change and work together for a ‘flood-ready Yorkshire’

Leicestershire hits emissions target four years early

Leicestershire County Council has reached its greenhouse gas emissions target four years ahead of schedule.

Liverpool City council to establish housing company

Liverpool City Council has announced plans to set up an ethical housing company to deliver 10,000 new homes across the city.

UK City of Culture 2021 to be hosted by Coventry

Arts Minister John Glen has announced that the title of UK City of Culture 2021 will be hosted by Coventry, who will take the title from Hull.

Local gov unions to consider council pay offer

GMB, UNISON and Unite will consider proposals outlining a proposed two-year pay deal for council and school support staff.

128,000 children to be homeless on Christmas day

A new report has revealed that a shocking 128,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless and in temporary accommodation this Christmas.

Social worker accreditation system plans revealed

Robert Goodwill has announced that five local authorities will be involved in the initial roll out of the NAAS for social workers.

Leeds proposes three per cent council tax increase

Leeds City Council is proposing adding an extra three per cent to council tax to help with the hugely burgeoning cost of care.

Construction productivity could deliver £15bn

New government plans to boost the construction sector’s productivity could potentially generate savings of £15 billion a year.

First council houses in Gateshead for 30 years

Gateshead Council has given the green light to the building of the first new council houses to be designed and built by the council for 30 years.

Electronics to reduce fuel bills on council refuse lorries

South Northamptonshire Council is incorporating advanced telematics to help cut fuel bills on its refuse vehicles and electric vehicles.

North of the Tyne devolution details released

Ministers have revealed details of the North of Tyne devolution deal which will see the region benefit from £600 million of new government investment.

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