Number of secondary schools in deficit trebles

Research has found that the number of state secondary schools falling into deficit has almost trebled in the last four years to more than a quarter.

£3 million flood risk action plan for Devon

Over 300 homes and businesses will benefit from greater flood protection as part of Devon County Council’s Flood Risk Management Action Plan.

Manchester to increase care pay to Living Wage level

Manchester City Council has announced plans to increase the pay of the city’s home care assistants by £1 an hour.

Emergency care fund 'crisis spending' fears

A new report by iMPOWER has detailed how councils have used the £2 billion Improved Better Care Fund since it was announced last Spring.

£17 million DfE funding to improve children's services

The Department for Education has announced a £17 million package of support for councils to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.

New start needed for cash-strapped council

Sajid Javid has recommended ‘a new start’ for Northamptonshire County Council which would best be achieved through the creation of two new unitary councils’.

£336,000 cost savings for Wirral Council

Wirral Council has announced that it has saved £336,000 since it switched from Oracle support to Support Revolution three years ago.

Hull highlights benefits of investing in culture

As part of its tenure as the UK City of Culture, the 2017 events in Hull brought a ‘significant increase’ in arts and culture participation.

Public health funding risk in worst-hit areas

The BMA has warned that council-run public health is heading in the ‘wrong direction’ with funding ’significantly reduced’ over recent years.

Accountability often broken in outsourced council services

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman warns about the issues found during investigations into councils’ management of external contracts.

Authorities invited to bid for transport funding

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has welcomed the next stages of the £1.7 billion Transforming Cities Fund to transform local journeys.

Spring Statement includes housing boost

The Chancellor has announced a number of new housing plans in his Spring Statement, including £1.67 billion for affordable homes in London.

Cherwell to pilot mortgages for self-build homes

Cherwell District Council is exploring an innovative new approach to helping local people finance self-build homes.

Tussell reveals top local government suppliers

Skanska has been revealed as the top regular supplier to local government in 2017, a new ranking by Tussell has shown.

Funnel more tax towards social care, says CIPFA

CIPFA has urged the government to funnel more tax towards social care as part of its social care Green Paper wish list.


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