Increasingly difficult to fund free school transport

The County Councils Network has warned that it is becoming increasingly difficult to fund free school transport for pupils in rural areas.

‘Faltering’ academy finances need correcting

The LGA has strongly urged the government to take control of ‘faltering’ academy finances or be prepared to let councils oversee them.

Liverpool announces funding for grassroots sports

The Mayoral Active Sports Fund, worth £10,000, has been created to help encourage Liverpool residents, of all ages, to get fit and active.

Energy-saving LED lamps for Cambridgeshire

3,635 energy-saving LED streetlights will be installed as part of the LED lantern replacement project being carried out by Cambridgeshire County Council.

New electric vehicle charging partnership in Southampton

Southampton City Council has just completed a deal to install 30 new EV charging points across five city-centre multi-storey car parks.

Smart technology to boost Derby’s highway network

Derby City Council is rolling out cutting edge smart technology to the city’s road network, which will help create a digital map of Derby’s road sign inventory.

England facing shortfall of four million homes

The National Housing Federation has revealed that England’s total housing need backlog has reached four million homes.

Special guardian policy left many families out of pocket

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found problems in the way North Tyneside Council was paying support to special guardians.

Government to fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing

The government will fully fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding by councils and housing associations, estimated at £400 million.

Major council homebuilding boost in London

Sadiq Khan has announced a major boost to London councils to help get 10,000 new council homes underway over the next four years.

Social care reform encountering fork in the road

New analysis of funding pressures on social care services have emphasised the worrying lack of progress on social care reform in the UK.

Oxford to trial ‘pop-up’ on-street charging points

Oxford City Council has been awarded £474,000 to become the first city in the world to trial ‘pop-up’ on-street electric vehicle charging points.

HCLG Committee to examine the future of England’s high streets

The HCLG Committee has launched an inquiry examining the future of England’s high streets and town centres in 2030.

LGA’s Housing Advisers Programme opens for bids

An innovative scheme set up by the LGA to help councils overcome housing challenges in their local areas has opened for bidding.

Council cuts leaving deaf children at breaking point

The National Deaf Children’s Society has warned that more than a third of councils are cutting educational support for deaf children.

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