Gloucester to run property portfolio to raise funds

Gloucester City Council will set up a Property Investment Board to make decisions on buying and selling properties to raise council funds.

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.

Utility companies support for Grenfell victims

A number of utility companies have announced a package of support for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, alongside government funding.

Surrey recycling centre plans to save £2 million-a-year

Surrey County Council has launched a consultation on proposals to save up to £2 million-a-year from community recycling centres.

Help to Buy schemes help over 285,000 people

New Help to Buy statistics show that over 285,000 completions have taken place using one or more of the government’s Help to Buy schemes.

Bidder shortlist revealed for HS2 franchise

The government has announced the companies in the running for the new West Coast Partnership rail franchise and the next South Eastern franchise.

Heightened terror could put police ‘at risk’

Met Police say policing could be at ‘significant’ risk as funding is promised for counter terrorism policing.

Start-up business initiative in Manchester libraries

Greater Manchester libraries are introducing a new initiative that aims to help people across the city region launch their own start-up businesses.

Strategic Transport Plan to transform North’s economy

Transport for the North has released its Strategic Transport Plan to transform the North’s economy through investment in transport infrastructure.

Quarter of foster children placed out of council area

New figures have revealed that more than a quarter of children in care in Wales were placed in new homes outside of their county.

Small business confidence dropping

The latest Small Business Index, conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has shown a drop in confidence among small firms.

Surrey health and care organisations sign devolution pledge

Health and care organisations in Surrey have signed an agreement to integrate health and social care in the region.

Essex Highways installs Britain’s first ‘smart’ streetlights

Essex County Council has launched a trial of ‘smart’ streetlights, that offer the potential to monitor pollution and create Wi-Fi hotspots.

Emerging concerns over care home fees and funding

Families are being charged by care homes for extended periods after a resident has died, as well as large upfront fees, a market study reveals.

Unions call for a ‘long overdue’ council pay rise

Three unions have submitted a pay claim that attempts to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living.

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