More than half of children growing up in poverty

New figures have shown that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty.

Hampshire extends Meals on Wheels to younger adults

Hampshire County Council has agreed for investment of up to £16.4 million in a new Meals on Wheels contract to support younger adults.

Liverpool City Council eyes £6.5m for struggling families

Liverpool City Council could get early access to £6.5 million from the government’s Troubled Families initiative to support struggling families.

Burnham proposes extra police for Manchester

Andy Burnham has announced budget proposals for Manchester’s essential services, including extra police numbers and congestion investment.

Shelter launches new social housing commission

Homelessness charity Shelter is to launch a new commission scrutinising social housing in Britain in the wake of June’s Grenfell Tower fire.

£15m to replace 54,000 street lights

New energy efficient street lights are to replace around 54,000 street lights across Edinburgh by the end of 2020.

‘Fourth option’ available for council property projects

A new property model could deliver up to £6 billion worth of investment in construction if adopted by all councils across England, a new report argues.

Calls for government to bring in new Clean Air Act

The government is under renewed pressure to introduce a new Clean Air Act to tackle the UK’s toxic levels of air pollution.

Cornwall charging £4,000 for disabled bay

People with disabilities are being charged £3,800 by Cornwall Council for a designated parking bay outside their homes.

Grenfell survivors urge council to keep volunteer therapists

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are urging the council not to axe the services of 15 volunteer complementary therapists who have been supporting victims since the tragedy.

Oxfordshire agrees £10m Carillion exit deal

A contract with liquidated construction company Carillion to carry out work in Oxfordshire has been terminated early.

Better child healthcare needed in England

The health of children in England is being harmed by public sector cuts and ‘disjointed’ government policies, a report has found.

Sheltered housing neglect and abuse claims rising

Over 30,000 allegations of abuse and neglect were received by UK councils concerning sheltered housing residents between 1 April 2014 and 1 November 2017.

Council Tax increase to protect frontline services

Hertfordshire has proposed to adopt the general council tax increase to meet the challenges of increased demand for services from an ageing population.

Growth deal hoped to ‘breathe new life’ into county

Northumberland County Council hopes a new growth deal for the Borders will breathe new life into neglected areas of the county.

Hostel to provide beds for the homeless

A hostel for homeless people has been opened by Manchester City Council as part of its commitment to reduce rough sleeping.

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