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’.

Cuts for hybrid vehicles in reformed PICG

The Department for Transport has announced changes to funding to support purchasing the next 35,000 of the cleanest vehicles.

£20m fund to help homeless into private rented homes

The government has launched a £20 million fund to help those at risk of homelessness secure their own tenancy.

Powers sought to tackle Manchester’s congestion chaos

Andy Burnham has urged the government to provide Greater Manchester the resources to tackle local congestion.

New generation of council housing announced

The government has announced borrowing restrictions will be removed enabling councils to play a key role in delivering more homes.

Food waste reversal could supply 250m extra meals

Michael Gove says 250 million extra meals could be supplied each year to the most needy in society by cracking down on unnecessary food waste.

£1.3bn government funding cut next year

Government grant funding for local services will be cut by a further £1.3 billion in 2019/20, despite current council overspends.

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