93 per cent of combined authority positions filled by men

A report from the Electoral Reform Society has warned that 93 per cent of senior positions in the new combined authorities will be appointed to white men.

Ban on councils charging for fun runs proposed

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering new proposals to ban councils in England from charging people to take part in weekend fun runs.

Councils call for input over new grammar school locations

The LGA has said that councils must have control over where new selective schools are introduced.

Plastic bottle waste out of control in London

The London Assembly Environment Committee has reported that the amount of waste from single-use plastic bottles in London has risen out of control.

6.8m Lincolnshire coastal flood prevention scheme gets underway

The Environment Agency’s annual scheme to replenish beaches in Lincolnshire is set to begin.

Parliament approves 130 new free schools

The Department for Education has approved applications for 131 new schools, in a move which is expected to create more than 69,000 places.

Social care system seeing 900 workers quit daily

New figures reveal that over 900 adult social care workers a day quit their job in England last year, representing a collapse in the system.

England nature plans lacking in policies

A draft 25-year government plan for nature in England has been criticised by campaigners for its lack of policies.

Electoral Commission enlists Snapchat app to encourage young voters

The Electoral Commission has partnered up with social media app Snapchat in an attempt to prompt young voters to register for the local government elections.

City of London invests in public WiFi

The City of London Corporation has today announced a deal to deliver a free, public access WiFi network, offering internet access anywhere within the Square Mile.

New strategy proposed to curb littering

The government has announced a new litter strategy which could see litterers hit with £150 fines as part of its plan to tackle rubbish in England.

Trade unions set to face £20,000 fines for breaking governance laws

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on new fines of up to £20,000 for trade unions who are breaking governance laws.

New motor racing legislation announced to boost English tourism

The Department for Transport has announced new laws which will allow motor racing events to take place on closed public roads in England, as part of a wider aim to boost English tourism.

Council wins term-time holiday legal battle

Isle of Wight Council has welcomed a ruling by the Supreme Courty that its decision to fine a father who took his daughter on an unauthorised term-time holiday was legal.

DCMS to introduce device to block nuisance calls to elderly

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has declared that the elderly and vulnerable, including dementia sufferers, are to be given hi-tech devices which block all nuisance calls.

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