2.1 million children in England living in vulnerable families

Children’s Commissioner’s report estimates that one in six children in England are living vulnerable lives due to complex family circumstances.

Councils improve schools faster than academy chains

More schools that remained under council control have become a good or outstanding compared with those converted to a sponsor-led academy.

£7.5 million pledged for council digital agenda

The government has launched a new £7.5 million ‘digital pledge’ for local authorities to help them transform their online services.

Government overly reliant on favourable Spending Review outcome

A new report has criticised the MHCLG for not having developed a plan to secure the long-term financial future of local authorities.

Town centres ‘in big danger of becoming ghost towns’

Former retail chief Bill Grimsey has said that our town centre’s risk ‘becoming ghost towns in the future’ if immediate action is not taken.

‘Perfect storm' for rural communities post-Brexit

The LGA warns that rural communities are facing a ‘perfect storm’ of unaffordable homes, poor connectivity, skills gaps and health inequalities.

New law passed to protect vulnerable people in care

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill seeks to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care.

£163 million affordable home fund available to communities

James Brokenshire has launched a new Community Housing Fund to significantly increase the delivery of affordable homes.

Small business joy as G-Cloud 10 opens

A total of 3,505 suppliers have been awarded places on the new G-Cloud 10 framework, with more than 90 per cent of them SMEs.

£8 billion funding black hole for councils by 2025

The LGA has warned that the government’s next Spending Review will be ‘make or break’ for local services, most of which are already under huge funding pressure.

Victims of domestic abuse to get £19 million support fund

James Brokenshire has announced that nearly £19 million of funding will be made available to support services for survivors of domestic abuse.

LED street light upgrades in Leeds proposed

Leeds City Council is set to receive proposals later this year to upgrade all street lights in the city to more energy-efficient LEDs.

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