Metro mayors must support devolution agenda, think tanks says

IPPR North has called on the six elected Metro Mayors and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to unite to call for sweeping new powers over education, health and employment, with strong local checks-and-balances.

LGA unveils 10-point plan to boost local services

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on all political parties to commit to a 10-point plan to boost vital local services, build homes, create school places, close skills gaps and drive economic growth.

Irish border counties hold Brexit meeting

Councils along the Irish border are set to meet in County Fermanagh to discuss the impact of Brexit.

Metro mayors should focus on making regions cleaner and greener

A coalition of environmental organisations, including the National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts, the Campaign for Better Transport, the Green Alliance and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, have called on incoming metro mayors to take urgent action to make their city regions greener.

Councils risking personal data, study suggests

Research conducted by FalconStor has found that local authorities are putting the personal data of 3.5 million citizens at risk by not having a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan in place, LocalGov has reported.

Positive social care linked to reduced dementia

According to new research published by researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA), University College London (UCL), London Metropolitan University and the University of Nottingham, positive social support from adult children is associated with reduced risk of developing dementia.

Snap election defocuses local elections, WLGA warns

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has cautioned that the general election campaign is ‘crowding out’ the forthcoming local elections.

End dominance of major housing builders, MPs urge

A report by the Communities and Local Government Committee has called on the government to end the dominance over the housing market of the major homebuilding firms and encourage councils and housing associations to build more.

Reform school approach to mental health, committee concludes

The Health and Education Committees has published a report warning that financial pressures are restricting the provision of mental health services in schools and colleges.

MPs urge action over Brexit risk to nuclear industry

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has warned that the government has left the UK nuclear industry at risk and must act urgently to ensure its continued operation post-Brexit.

MPs highlight impact of Brexit on social care

The House of Commons Health Committee has published a report on the effect of Brexit on health and social care.

Khan scraps Thames Garden Bridge plans

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that the GLA will not provide the vital financial guarantees needed for construction to begin.

Government housing plans lack ambition

A report has claimed that the government is dependent on a ‘broken’ market, and lacks ambition in addressing current housing needs.

Government fails in delaying air pollution plan

Despite a late bid to delay publication of its the pollution strategy, the government has been ordered to release it before the June election.

Khan launches database to name criminal landlords

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a new online data base to name and shame criminal landlords and letting agents who exploit their tenants.

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