£743 million funding drop for early children’s services

Statistics on children’s services have revealed that budgets for ‘early intervention’ children’s services have dropped by £743 million in the last five years.

Ambitious housing strategy for Cambridge and Peterborough

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has agreed a ‘bold’ housing strategy to help tackle the region’s housing needs.

NHS releases new social care support guide

A new guide to social care and support has been released on the NHS website to provide guidance to people who may need social care.

£6 million to help London boroughs target air quality

Sadiq Khan has encouraged London boroughs to bid for a share of £6 million to help target local pollution hot spots.

Bristol approves overnight homeless shelter

Bristol's intention to have a meaningful impact on homelessness in the city will be aided by the opening of an emergency hostel for rough sleepers.

Local authorities supported to tackle childhood obesity

Public Health Minister Steve Brine has encouraged local authorities to apply to its ‘trailblazer’ programme to tackle childhood obesity

Views sought on Edinburgh tourist tax

Edinburgh City Council is to launch a consultation on its plans to charge a tourist tax of £2 per room, per night.

Vehicle breakdowns increasing due to ‘pothole epidemic’

The ‘beast from the east’ weather conditions have contributed to the highest number of vehicle breakdown callouts in 15 years.

Recycling post code lottery leads to poor rates

A postcode lottery of different schemes has led to more than 80 per cent of waste not being sent for recycling in some areas.

Poorer areas have lost out on £1bn since 2010

Council leaders have united to campaign against austerity only for the most deprived areas of the country.

Unpaid overtime pushing public sector to ‘tipping point’

A new report from UNISON has argued that public services support staff are doing more than 40 million hours of unpaid overtime a year.

Adult care vacancy rate risen by 22,000 in last year

New workforce figures from Skills for Care have revealed that 110,000 jobs in adult care in England are currently left vacant.

£7.5 million fund for councils' digital innovation

Councils seeking to transform their public services through digital innovation can now apply to a new £7.5 million fund.

Local government urged to consider electric or hybrid

Local authorities have been encouraged to consider replacing high polluting vehicles with low-emission ones at the end of their working life.

Council’s poor record keeping highlighted in study

An investigation into council spend has revealed large inconsistencies in how local councils keep and record information.

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