Road to Zero Strategy launched by government

The government has launched the Road to Zero Strategy to encourage at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030.

Older people living with unmet care needs rising

More older people than ever are missing out on the vital care and support they need, with a 19 per cent increase seen in the last two years.

Council leaders urge for post-Brexit funding certainty

The LGA is setting out a timetable of action for the government to end the growing uncertainty surrounding post-Brexit regional aid funding allocations.

Government sets targets to reduce energy emissions

Greg Clark outlines how BEIS will deliver the Clean Growth Grand Challenge’s first ‘mission’ to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030.

Landmark Town Deal for Greater Grimsby

The government has announced the agreement of ground-breaking Stage 1 Town Deal worth £67 million for Greater Grimsby.

2.1 million children in England living in vulnerable families

Children’s Commissioner’s report estimates that one in six children in England are living vulnerable lives due to complex family circumstances.

Councils improve schools faster than academy chains

More schools that remained under council control have become a good or outstanding compared with those converted to a sponsor-led academy.

£7.5 million pledged for council digital agenda

The government has launched a new £7.5 million ‘digital pledge’ for local authorities to help them transform their online services.

Government overly reliant on favourable Spending Review outcome

A new report has criticised the MHCLG for not having developed a plan to secure the long-term financial future of local authorities.

Town centres ‘in big danger of becoming ghost towns’

Former retail chief Bill Grimsey has said that our town centre’s risk ‘becoming ghost towns in the future’ if immediate action is not taken.

‘Perfect storm' for rural communities post-Brexit

The LGA warns that rural communities are facing a ‘perfect storm’ of unaffordable homes, poor connectivity, skills gaps and health inequalities.

New law passed to protect vulnerable people in care

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill seeks to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care.

£163 million affordable home fund available to communities

James Brokenshire has launched a new Community Housing Fund to significantly increase the delivery of affordable homes.

Small business joy as G-Cloud 10 opens

A total of 3,505 suppliers have been awarded places on the new G-Cloud 10 framework, with more than 90 per cent of them SMEs.

£8 billion funding black hole for councils by 2025

The LGA has warned that the government’s next Spending Review will be ‘make or break’ for local services, most of which are already under huge funding pressure.

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