Nursery providers have warned that increased demand for a new free 30-hour childcare scheme will mean many nurseries are likely to ‘go bust’.

Isle of Wight Council has decided to go ahead with a plan for a joint Solent authority which could secure £900 million in government grants, after previously voting against the move.

The UK Home Care Association (UKHCA) has outlined that nine out of 10 UK local authorities are failing to pay realistic prices to support older and disabled people in their homes.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has revealed a new Homeless Reduction Bill which will aims to significantly reform England’s homeless legislation, ensuring that more people can receive the help they need to prevent them from becoming homeless.

Financial experts have warned that the latest increase in public sector borrowing will make achieving a budget surplus even harder.

Barnet Council has signed a £150 million contract for major projects including new schools, leisure and community centres.

A community funded park near Kendal has opened, after a a crowdfunding appeal helped raise the £60,000 necessary for its creation.

The LGA is arguing that English councils should be freed from restrictions on the ability to borrow to fund new home building.

Hull City Council is considering a move to add fluoride to tap water as part of an attempt to reduce the tooth decay in the city.

A report drawn out for the paper for the council’s scrutiny committee has been published highlighting the challenges facing Scottish Borders Council is maintaining more than 1,100 bridges, many of which are ‘ageing and in need of repair’.

Belfast City Council is considering plans to allow shops to stay open for longer on some Sundays.

Highland Council is preparing to make savings of between £47 million and £72 million over the next three years.

Angsley Council has warned that some its most important heritage sites could be closed if no-one chooses to take them over.

Licensing powers could be restored to Rotherham council after the council’s commissioner successfully highlighted improvements in the area.

A ‘pro-active approach’ to the outsourcing of children’s services is required, argues the Demos think tank.

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