Lack of funding undermining care workforce

The NAO has warned that a lack of planning and funding has undermined the care sector to the extent that it can no longer fill key posts.

Council tax set to rise in 95 per cent of councils

Council tax is set to rise in 95 per cent of councils as a direct result of concerns for their financial stability.

Clean Air Zones failing to target biggest polluters

Greener Journeys has said that current guidance for councils on Clean Air Zones fails to promote a shift away from car use to cleaner modes of transport.

Liverpool Council takes back control of highways

Liverpool City Council has ended its contract with Amey and taken back control of looking after the city’s highways.

Norway bottle recycling system considered in UK

Reports have suggested that a Norwegian deposit-based system for recycling bottles is being heavily considered for adoption in the UK.

MPs warns of supported housing funding plans

Two Commons Select Committees have voiced concerns over the government’s funding plans for supported housing.

Compulsory mental health counselling for secondary schools

The LGA has said that every secondary school in the country should be given the funding to offer independent mental health counselling to all pupils.

£166m in local government finance settlement

An additional £166 million has been announced for councils to help relieve spending pressures in social care and rural areas in the final 2018/19 settlement.

Improvements for fostering system published

A review of foster care in England has been published, recommending greater stability and permanence for young people in foster care.

Stoke’s housing repairs company is officially launched

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has launched a housing repairs and maintenance company to improve services for tenants and raise housing standards.

UK drivers spending 31 hours in rush-hour congestion

According to traffic data firm Inrix, UK drivers spent an average of 31 hours in rush-hour congestion last year, costing each motorist £1,168.

Essex councils agree to work together

Seven councils in Essex have agreed to work together on strategic issues such as infrastructure, planning and growth.

No plans for future care for disabled adults

Two thirds of local authorities are unaware of how many disabled adults in their area are currently being cared for by family and friends at home.

£15m to help buy homes for homeless Londoners

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will invest £15 million in a new scheme to purchase hundreds of homes for Londoners who have been homeless.

Government backing for new generation of town houses

Sajid Javid has confirmed government backing to create a new generation of town houses in cities to ease pressure on valuable open spaces.

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