National tax rises needed to fund further social care

Council leaders have urged the government to make the case for national tax rises to secure the long-term future of adult social care services.

£15m to expand children’s care in Wales

The Welsh Government will invest £15 million next year to help safely reduce the need for children to enter care.

Council rethink needed to sustain services in rural Wales

Councils need to think and act differently to address the challenges of reductions in public spending and poor infrastructure in rural Wales.

Affordable homes pledge made by Westminster City Council

Westminster City Council has set out its ambition to build 1,495 new homes every year, insisting six in every ten are for middle-income families.

Decrease in spend endangering playgrounds

More than one public play park is closed every week with councils planning to cut spending on play facilities further this year.

Half of National Cycle Network rated as ‘poor’

The National Cycle Network is so starved of funding that many of its bike paths are in poor condition and are in desperate need of improvements.

£60m savings outlined by Newcastle County Council

Newcastle City Council has detailed proposals on how it plans to save £60 million to set balanced budgets over the next three years.

Free childcare scheme questioned as fees rise

The free childcare scheme is being questioned again as more than half of private nurseries have increased their fees in the past year.

£22 million to support domestic abuse survivors

The government has announced a £22 million funding allocation for projects that support and work with domestic abuse survivors.

East Sussex core offer not sustainable

The council has outlined the services it believes residents should reasonably expect to be offered in the current difficult financial climate.

Shropshire Council staff told to work

To tackle a growing overspend and balance its budget, Shropshire Council has told its staff they must work from home one day a month.

London council spends £1.4m fighting Heathrow expansion

Hillingdon Council has spent more than £1.4 million against plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Figures highlight worrying volume of child care cases

The Local Government Association has revealed that social workers are starting new cases for more than 1,000 children each day.

£2 million to crackdown on rogue landlords

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler has announced a £2 million funding boost for councils to tackle irresponsible and rogue landlords.

Funding for new Lincolnshire 'falls response' ambulance pilot

Lincolnshire County Council has allocated £300,000 to develop a model of response for people who have fallen.

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