Oversight of the local gov system needs improving

The government must improve its oversight of the local governance system to help councils cope with increasing pressures, says NAO.

Campaign launched to end outsourcing of public services

The GMB has launched a Go Public campaign to end drive to outsource public services as it warns that the government hasn’t learned its lesson.

Affordable homes in north west a third of needed number

The number of affordable homes built across the North West since 2015 is 70 per cent off target.

Major rethink necessary to meet EV target

Outdated energy and infrastructure policies must urgently be modernised if the government's zero-emission vehicle target is to be met.

Government urged to appoint Minister for Hunger

MPs have said that the government should appoint a Minister for Hunger to ensure action on malnutrition and hunger.

Increased pensions protections for local gov workers

The government has proposede that public sector workers will receive increased pensions protections in the event their job is outsourced.

New penalties in fight against waste crime

Thérèse Coffey has announced new financial penalties to crack down on fly-tipping, with offenders facing penalties of up to £400.

Funding for 900 new children’s social workers

The government has revealed plans to fund 900 places on the Frontline children’s social work training programme up to 2021.

New roads should prioritise pedestrians and cyclists

NICE has advised that pedestrians, cyclists and those who use public transport should be given priority when new roads are built or upgraded.

£675 million communities fund for high streets

Jake Berry has announced a £675 million Future High Streets fund to help create bold, new visions for town centres.

Academies performing below average for disadvantaged

New analysis has revealed that two-thirds of academy chains across England are performing below average for disadvantaged pupils.

Locally-driven approach needed for high streets

Retail industry leaders have urged for a community-focused approach to tackling the challenges facing high streets and town centres.

Postal address change needed to prevent homelessness

Citizens Advice says that fixed postal address rules are stopping homeless people accessing public services.

£760m savings in running costs due to government estate sales

The government estate has fallen by 156,000 square metres over the past year, creating a saving in real terms of £760 million in running costs.

Tougher regulatory system for building safety

New plans have shown how the government is creating a stronger and more effective regulatory framework to improve building safety.

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