Basildon Council to lead multi-million euro project

Basildon Council has been awarded a €600,000 share of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to enhance markets in the borough.

Midlands Mayor presses for greater powers and funding

The Mayor of the West Midlands has met with Prime Minister Theresa May to push the case for further devolution of powers and funding to the region.

Birmingham improvement panel praises progress

The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel has reported on Birmingham City Council’s improvement progress since February 2017.

£15 million for northern culture and tech projects

A new £15 million fund has been made available for towns and cities across Northern England to support major culture and tech capital projects.

Congestion blighting air quality in regional cities

The government needs to introduce incentives for purchasing electric cars to address the air quality crisis in the UK’s regional cities.

Home Secretary announces new knife crime laws

Amber Rudd has announced plans to consult on new offences to toughen up knife crime laws, to restrict the online sale of knives.

New framework to cut price of contact centre services

CCS has released a new framework to help the public sector maximise the money it spends on contact or call centres.

Health and social care needs urgent ‘reboot’

Integrating health and social care should not be held back by issues of funding and instead needs an urgent ‘reboot’, according to a new report.

Independent taskforce for Kensington and Chelsea

Sajid Javid has announced that an independent Recovery Taskforce to run services for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

A £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund has been launched by Sajid Javid to help unlock 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand.

Tram-train is late and five times over budget

The experimental tram-train linking Sheffield and Rotherham is expected to be delivered three years late and five times over budget.

Senior politicians urge for lower voting age

A number of senior politicians have called for the voting age to be lowered to 16 after the surge in the youth vote at the General Election.

Fire safety assessment system ‘pointless’

Professor Arnold Dix has said that the current system to assess fire safety of high-rise buildings in the UK is ‘pointless’.

Brexit Risk Tracker to detail environmental policy

Greener UK has published its first Brexit Risk Tracker, which reflect the risks to environmental policy throughout the Brexit process.

Hinkley Point a ‘risky and expensive project’

Government plans for the new £18 billion Hickley Point nuclear power station are ‘not value for money’ and is a ‘risky’ project.

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