Councils warn of service concerns

New research shows that councils are expressing concern over not being able to maintain high service quality amid increasing budget cuts.

Half of areas have more affordable housing

House prices in over half of local authority areas are more affordable now than they were in 2007.

2017 General Election cost over £140m

The Cabinet Office has revealed that June's snap General Election cost taxpayers more than £140 million.

Local gov services to start using GOV.UK Pay

GDS is to start offering GOV.UK Pay to local government, helping local authorities to access the secure online payment service.

Police and prison officers to receive pay awards

The government has confirmed police and prison officers will receive pay rises from this year.

Hereford seeks more local involvement in children services

Herefordshire Council is set to consider the future use of its children’s centres as it seeks to meet new demand on services.

West Midlands transport plan approved

The WMCA has approved a £3.4 billion transport blueprint to transform the city’s tram routes, new suburban rail lines, cycle routes and motorways.

'Residential revolution' needed for ageing population

The LGA has said that specialist elderly homes will need to increase by 400,000 units in less than 20 years to match increasing demand.

Fears for breakfast clubs funding

Nearly half of teachers have warned that their breakfast club will close within three years as a result of low levels of funding.

Social care cuts considered in Lancashire

Lancashire County Council is reported to be planning a £5.5 million cut to adult social care services.

Drive reform to modernise government

The Institute for Government has argued that Whitehall needs people with specific skills sets and experience to successfully deliver on major projects.

One in eight workers struggling to afford food

A new survey by the TUC has found that one in eight workers are skipping meals to make ends meet, as a result of stagnant wages.

£1.1m investment for Manchester’s gullies

Manchester City Council is to invest an extra £1.1 million to boost the cleaning of the 116,000 roadside gullies.

Increase council tax charges on empty homes, says Khan

Sadiq Khan has urged the government to allow London’s boroughs to increase council tax bills for high-value homes that are left empty.

'Devolution deadlock' putting economic growth at risk

The LGA has warned that opportunities for large economic growth, jobs and housing production risk being lost because of ‘devolution deadlock’.

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