WMCA secures £15m to tackle social housing disrepairMould

The work, which is expected to be carried out on hundreds of properties over the coming months, will be aimed at bringing poor quality homes up to the Government’s ‘Decent Homes Standard’.

Leaders pay tribute to local government guru John Stewart

Local government has paid tribute to Professor John Stewart, one of the most influential local government academics of the 20th century, after he died peacefully at home on Wednesday.

Report highlights lack of foreign investment in rural areas

Research commissioned by the County Councils Network (CCN) showed that the per-capita ratio of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in England’

Clark expects developers to sign building safety contracts 'within a month'

Government plans to enforce the Building Safety Act have become slightly clearer as the current Levelling Up Secretary Greg Clark announced that contracts to turn the Building Safety Pledge into legally binding requirements have been sent to major housebuilders

LGA calls for devolved employment and skills funding

Disjointed nature of national funding schemes makes it difficult to join up provision for learners, unemployed people, career changers and businesses, says Association

ADEPT policy paper urges government to give LAs powers to tackle net zero

Clear framework for delivery, coherent policy and appropriate long-term funding all required to meet net zero targets says ADEPT

Stanley in the Falkland Islands is the first Overseas Territory that has won the civic honour, joining Douglas on the Crown Dependency of the Isle of Man.

Falkland Islands capital Stanley is the first Overseas Territory to win the civic honour

LGA calls for devolved employment and skills service

Work Local – Unlocking talent to level up sets out ways Government could improve its approach to matching jobseekers with vacancies

Fit for the Future - the District Role in Health Wellbeing shows that engagement of just over 1 million of the inactive population of England in a prescribed leisure services programme could, over a ten year period, provide a direct saving to the NHS of £314 million for the cost of treatment.

“Mini-Holland” feasibility studies aim to assess how the areas could be as pedestrian and cycle-friendly as their Dutch city equivalents.

Newcastle & Gateshead Clean Air Zone put on hold

Due to come into force this July, Tyneside transport chiefs have confirmed that a new Clean Air Zone (CAZ) has been postponed indefinitely.

Alarming rise in adults waiting for social care, says ADASS

In the first three months of this year, 170,000 hours of home care each week could not be delivered, the survey suggests.

Queen's Speech: Housing policy addressed in two new bills

Government plans to address the rights of tenants and also strengthen the rights of private renters.

Research suggests Council run schools outperform Academies

Analysis of Ofsted inspection outcomes by school type  compares LA-maintained schools, academies and free schools using the Ofsted inspection grade as its primary metric.

Levelling up and Regeneration Bill could force landlords to rent out commercial properties

Michael Gove confirms the introduction of “local design codes”

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