Number of secondary schools in deficit trebles

Research has found that the number of state secondary schools falling into deficit has almost trebled in the last four years to more than a quarter.

£3 million flood risk action plan for Devon

Over 300 homes and businesses will benefit from greater flood protection as part of Devon County Council’s Flood Risk Management Action Plan.

New collaboration to encourage community engagement

The NALC is to work with the Company of Community Organisers to build local relationships and help councillors engage with communities and residents.

Council to ban plastic straws and compostable coffee cups

Newcastle City Council is to ban plastics straws and switch to compostable coffee cups in its offices.

Manchester to increase care pay to Living Wage level

Manchester City Council has announced plans to increase the pay of the city’s home care assistants by £1 an hour.

Councils in child abuse reporting alliance

The LGA and some local councils are supporting a new campaign to tackle child abuse and neglect and increase confidence in reporting incidents.

Emergency care fund 'crisis spending' fears

A new report by iMPOWER has detailed how councils have used the £2 billion Improved Better Care Fund since it was announced last Spring.

London launches free tap water scheme

Sadiq Khan has revealed that businesses around London have joined a scheme that offers people free tap water ‘refills’.

£17 million DfE funding to improve children's services

The Department for Education has announced a £17 million package of support for councils to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.

New start needed for cash-strapped council

Sajid Javid has recommended ‘a new start’ for Northamptonshire County Council which would best be achieved through the creation of two new unitary councils’.

£336,000 cost savings for Wirral Council

Wirral Council has announced that it has saved £336,000 since it switched from Oracle support to Support Revolution three years ago.

‘Keep Manchester Tidy’ campaign launched

Manchester City Council and Keep Britain Tidy are collaborating with the aim of making Manchester the UK’s first ‘Tidy City’ by 2020.

Hull highlights benefits of investing in culture

As part of its tenure as the UK City of Culture, the 2017 events in Hull brought a ‘significant increase’ in arts and culture participation.

Care home quality deteriorating in one in five authorities

Independent Age says the proportion of care homes rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ increased in one in five local authority areas last year.

MPs call for end of 'poisonous air' emergency

Four Commons committees have urged for an end to the UK's ‘poisonous air’ emergency and demanded a faster phase-out of petrol and diesel cars.

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