City centres must become less reliant on retail in order to thrive

Too many city centres are over-dependent on retail, and must swap shops for offices, housing and public space to transform their economic prospects.

Assurance offered for companies bidding for government contracts

Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington reinforced the government’s commitment to the private and voluntary sector delivery of public services.

Warning that rural communities left behind by LEPs

A new survey has shown that Local Enterprise Partnerships have a negative impact on the countryside and neglect rural regions.

Most would pay extra tax to pay for social care

the majority of people would be willing to pay more in council tax or voluntary one-off levies to better fund particular local services. 

Councils charging £74 million for garden waste collection

New BBC research has revealed that UK councils are collectively charging nearly £74 million for garden waste collection.

Measures to halve childhood obesity announced

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a range of new measures to cut childhood obesity in half by 2030.

New portal to help Londoners find an affordable home

Sadiq Khan has launched a new online property portal that offers Londoners a one-stop shop where they can search for an affordable home to buy in the capital.

Innovative waste solution for Dundee’s streets

A pair of Glutton Electric Vacuums have taken to the streets of Dundee as part of the Smart Cities (Smart Waste) Project.

Compulsory sprinkler systems in Scottish social housing

Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart has confirmed that legislation to make sprinkler systems compulsory in new social housing.

Environment Agency urges signing up for flood warnings

The Environment Agency has encouraged residents on the Lincolnshire coast to sign up for flood warnings to further increase flood resilience.

ITV poll shows support for second EU referendum

New poll finds that nearly half of voters want a second referendum on Brexit and that a fresh poll would produce a very different outcome.

Funding for 12 councils to explore social care innovation

NHS Digital and the LGA have chosen 12 councils to explore how technology and digital innovation could help shape the future of social care.

Free childcare to be extended to foster carers

Foster carers will receive the 30 hours free childcare offer for children in their care for the first time from September 2018.

Planning function not valued in majority of councils

A new survey has found that the planning function has been relegated to lower positions in the corporate structure of most local authorities.

One in three children growing up in toxic air zones

New analysis by Unicef UK has revealed that one in three children in the UK are growing up in areas with unsafe levels of particulate pollution.

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