Commissioner proposed for Northamptonshire children's services

The government has proposed the appointment of a commissioner to oversee improvements at Northamptonshire County Council.

Housing law change putting social housing at risk

A proposal to speed up the creation of new homes could provide a ‘get-out clause’ for developers to avoid providing affordable homes.

Coffey questions ‘regressive’ recycling plans

The Environment Minister has written to Swindon Borough Council over plans to tell residents to stop recycling plastic.

High streets should become vibrant community hubs

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has set out his vision for tackling social problems linked to declining high streets.

Business councils to advise on post-Brexit opportunities

The Prime Minister has formed five new business councils to advise on how to create the best business conditions after Brexit.

Public sector outsourcing spend on the rise

Public sector outsourcing spend has reached £1.42 billion as government bodies ramp up procurement for IT and tech services.

Green light for unitary council in Buckinghamshire

James Brokenshire has confirmed that a brand new county-wide unitary council will be established in Buckinghamshire.

Bid for powers to invest in local services in Bath

A request for more powers to raise money for essential services in Bath & North East Somerset is being recommended to councillors.

Hammond delivers pre-Brexit Budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his 2018 Budget, ruling out any further government private finance initiative contracts.

Provide Manchester same transport powers as London

Andy Burnham has claimed that Greater Manchester needs similar day-to-day powers over the running of transport as London.

Greater powers needed for cities and mayoral regions

A first meeting of cities and regions has resulted in reignited calls for further devolution away from Westminster as Brexit becomes a reality.

Coalition campaigns for improved children services

A number of unions and children’s organisations have urged the government to prioritise children in the government's spending decisions.

New rules over offenders from serving as councillors

The rules preventing people found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils will be strengthened.

£1 billion at risk of being sent back to EU

The government is unlikely to invest almost £1 billion in local communities through the ESF, risking the money being sent back to Brussels.

May launches government’s first Loneliness Strategy

Theresa May has launched the first strategy to tackle loneliness, claiming it to be ‘one of the greatest public health challenges of our time’.

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