Reward district councils for role in building homes

District councils should be rewarded for delivering more homes amid large cuts in their spending power.

Norfolk CC could shut 46 of its 53 children’s centres

Under new proposals, Norfolk County Council has recommended shutting 46 out of 53 centres when their contracts end in September 2019.

Financial resilience needed in Surrey, as funding gap deepens

CIPFA has warned that Surrey County Council's £36 million funding gap could rise to £94 million by 2021.

Children forced to breathe dangerous levels of toxic air

Children are breathing dangerous levels of toxic air as they make their way to and from school, as well as once they are inside their classrooms.

Commonwealth Games could bankrupt Birmingham

A new audit report has warned that hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022 could bankrupt Birmingham City Council.

Great British High Street Awards shortlist released

The 38 high streets in the running for this year’s Great British High Street Awards have been revealed.

Government launches housing sites drive

The government has launched two streams of investment to help get homes built in areas where they are needed most.

Khan backs second referendum on Brexit

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has joined calls for the British public to get a final say on Brexit, urging for a national vote on any deal.

£6 million announced for 16 coastal projects

Sixteen coastal projects are receiving a share of £6 million to help deliver sustainable growth and jobs across the Great British Coast.

Redundancies have cost councils £4 billion

New data has revealed that councils in England have spent almost £4 billion making more than 220,000 staff redundant since 2010.

Pub Hub funding to advance community services

More than 30 rural communities will benefit from new or expanded village services that will be delivered by their local pub.

Councils should step back as communities come forward

A new report examining the changing local relationship says that councils should cede control where communities are willing to step up and seize it.

Family placement postcode lottery for children in care

Children going into care face a postcode lottery for the opportunity to stay with relatives, with one in five initially placed with a friend or relative.

Dearman TRUs

A new Leeds City Council backed trial has found that cost-effective engines powered by liquid nitrogen could significantly reduce air pollution.

Councils forced to cut preventive services

Cash-strapped councils across England are struggling to provide services for rising numbers of people facing disadvantage.

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