£29m council funding for vulnerable children

Sajid Javid has announced that councils will receive an additional £29 million to boost their support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Essex announces £300m budget spending plan

Essex County Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19 include investment in the region’s roads, schools and homes.

Shared services proposal gets green light in Northumberland

Plans for Newcastle City Council and Northumberland County Council to merge their transactional services have taken a major step forward.

Lowest-income households facing debt

New research has revealed that a third of the lowest-income households in Britain have loans and credit card debts that outstrip the assets they hold.

Management of rivers could go to communities

The Environment Agency has launched a consultation on proposals to transfer ‘flood risk management activities’ of watercourses to local groups.

London’s air quality ‘best in 10 years’

London’s January air quality is within legal limits for the first time in 10 years, City Hall has said.

New steps to tackle illegal waste announced

New steps have been announced to tackle the problem of waste crime are to be granted, and further action opened for consultation in a crack-down on illegal sites.

Tax-Free Childcare for children under nine

HM Revenue and Customs has opened Tax-Free Childcare to parents whose youngest child is under nine.

20-year forward plan for minerals and waste agreed

A blueprint for the future of mineral prospecting and waste management in Buckinghamshire will go to public consultation before being sent to Sajid Javid, it has been agreed.

Health initiative relieving pressure on hospitals

Home First, a Somerset health and social care initiative, is freeing up hospital beds by giving people the care they need at home.

Almost £2 million for Broughton village

Almost £2 million worth of improvements for Broughton village will be discussed by Lancashire County Council’s cabinet soon.

Economy Strategy published by Edinburgh Council

An Economy Strategy to build on Edinburgh’s success to tackle inequality and poverty has been published by the City of Edinburgh Council.

43,000 teeth extractions last year alone

New figures show that there were almost 43,000 hospital operations to remove teeth in teenagers and children last year alone - 170 a day.

Carillion insolvency raises job fears

Construction giant Carillion has declared insolvency, threatening thousands of jobs.

Leeds City Region HS2 plan launched

A plan to use HS2 as the spark to create thousands of jobs for the Leeds City Region has been launched.

Greater Manchester chosen as natural environment pioneer

Greater Manchester is one of four UK settings chosen to ‘pioneer’ new ways of enhancing the natural environment.

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