Lack of funding undermining care workforce

The NAO has warned that a lack of planning and funding has undermined the care sector to the extent that it can no longer fill key posts.

Council tax set to rise in 95 per cent of councils

Council tax is set to rise in 95 per cent of councils as a direct result of concerns for their financial stability.

Liverpool Council takes back control of highways

Liverpool City Council has ended its contract with Amey and taken back control of looking after the city’s highways.

MPs warns of supported housing funding plans

Two Commons Select Committees have voiced concerns over the government’s funding plans for supported housing.

£166m in local government finance settlement

An additional £166 million has been announced for councils to help relieve spending pressures in social care and rural areas in the final 2018/19 settlement.

No plans for future care for disabled adults

Two thirds of local authorities are unaware of how many disabled adults in their area are currently being cared for by family and friends at home.

Government backing for new generation of town houses

Sajid Javid has confirmed government backing to create a new generation of town houses in cities to ease pressure on valuable open spaces.

Spending controls in place in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council has imposed immediate spending controls on the authority, banning practically all spending.

Right to Buy discounts causing housing ‘firesafe’

New LGA analysis has revealed that nearly £3.5 billion in Right to Buy discounts have been handed out to council tenants over the past six years.

£1m paid to parents in lieu of the tax-free childcare

Because of glitches on the Revenue & Customs website, HMRC has paid almost £1 million to parents in lieu of the tax-free childcare.

£866 million investment for local housing projects

The government has confirmed a £866 million investment in local housing projects that will help build up to 200,000 new homes.

£5 million for affordable, supported accommodation in Leeds

Leeds City Council is set to approve a £5 million investment to provide supported accommodation for vulnerable adults, young people and families.

Over 150,000 homes for social rent lost in five years

The Chartered Institute of Housing has shown that more than 150,000 of the most affordable rented homes have been lost in just five years.

1,240 tonnes of tar used in Swansea road repair scheme

Swansea Council is coming to the end of its PATCH road repair programme for 2017/18, which has seen more than 1,240 tonnes of tar used to repair roads.

Nottingham highlights further SME support

After awarding £48 million worth of contracts to SMEs last year, Nottingham City Council has pledged to continue to support smaller suppliers.

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