Northamptonshire to sell County Hall to boost income

Northamptonshire County Council is seeking to minimise its property costs by increasing occupancy at its One Angel Square headquarters.

Safe infrastructure needed to boost cycling and walking

Andy Street and TfWM are urging the government to boost efforts to increase cycling and walking journeys by investing in safe infrastructure.

Councils given new powers over house planning

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced new powers for local authorities to aid them in delivering the homes their communities need.

Over 110,000 trees cut down by councils in three years

More than 110,000 trees have been chopped down in three years by councils across the UK, with Newcastle the most prolific.

Better intelligence sharing with local authorities

Home Secretary Sajid Javid is expected to reveal plans for increased sharing of information between government, local authorities and the police.

Cuts cause loss of three million hours of home care

A new report has shown that the provision of home care services has fallen by a concerning three million hours since 2015.

Unstable care system problematic for ‘pinball kids’

The Children's Commissioner for England has warned that thousands of children are still ‘pinging’ around the care system.

New taskforce for London’s electric vehicle uptake

The Mayor of London is launching a new taskforce to boost the infrastructure needed to increase the use of electric vehicles in London.

Parents ‘not involved’ in new free schools

New research has revealed that parent groups have only been behind about one in five of the free schools that have been opened.

Outdoor areas to be smoke-free in Wales by summer 2019

Wales is expected put smoke-free areas in hospital grounds, school grounds and playgrounds by summer 2019.

Councils handed administrative control of Prevent strategy

The MJ has reported that councils have been handed administrative control of the much-maligned counter terror Prevent strategy.

Councils should get more say over unhealthy food

A new report has claimed that local authorities need to be allowed to limit the proliferation of unhealthy food outlets in their areas.

Conservative councillors seek low-cost rented homes

71 per cent of Conservative council leaders warn that current investment will not deliver the number of low-cost rented homes needed in their area.

Funding boost for SEND school places

Local authorities are set to benefit from a £50million funding boost to create additional school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

22,000 children severely obese after primary school

New analysis by the LGA has revealed that more than 22,000 children aged 10 and 11 in Year 6 are classed as severely obese.

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