Stronger powers for councils to tackle empty homes

James Brokenshire has confirmed that councils will have more powers to charge even greater council tax premiums on homes left empty.

Combustible cladding system ban urged by MPs

MPs have urged for an extension of combustible cladding ban and action to tackle conflicts of interest in construction industry.

Empty homes should pay double council tax

The Local Government Association has urged for councils to have the powers to double the rate of extra council tax on empty homes.

National youth groups receive funding boost

Lord Bourne has announced £250,000 to give more young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to join national youth groups.

New panel to advise on future of the high street

Jake Berry has announced the appointment of a panel of experts to diagnose issues that currently affect the health of our high streets.

Business case for unitary authority in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council is to prepare a formal case to replace its current two-tier system of local government with a new unitary authority.

Cities need more powers to address digital divides

A new report has argued that UK cities need more powers from the government if they are going to be able to address current digital divides.

Drivers still need persuading of EV benefits

Most drivers still see too many barriers to their early adoption of electric vehicles, although more younger people would like to own one compared to their parents.

https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13144

The IFS has revealed that total school spending per pupil in England fell by approximately eight per cent in real terms between 2010 and 2018.

Plans for ‘outstanding’ digital connectivity across Cambridgeshire

A new strategy is being launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to significantly improve mobile, broadband and public Wi-Fi coverage.

Joint chief executive for Cherwell and Oxfordshire councils

County councillors in Oxfordshire have approved a proposal for a joint chief executive with Cherwell District Council.

Government not learning from high-profile academy failures

In its rush to convert large numbers of schools to academies, the government has failed to learn the lessons from high-profile academy failures.

£7 million for Integrated Communities Innovation Fund

James Brokenshire has launched a new £7 million fund to support trailblazing approaches to building more integrated communities across the country.

Carillon collapse highlights government outsourcing flaws

The government's overriding priority for outsourcing of spending as little money as possible is flawed, a Common's committee has warned.

Older people living with unmet care needs rising

More older people than ever are missing out on the vital care and support they need, with a 19 per cent increase seen in the last two years.

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