DFID should better strategise UK aid spending, MPs say

The International Development Committee (IDC) has published a report supporting DFID spending on UK aid but highlighting a lack of emphasis on strategy in the spending.

17 per cent of roads in ‘poor’ condition, ALARM finds

The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey (ALARM) has found that 17 per cent of roads are in ‘poor’ condition.

Housing estates awarded £32 million for regeneration

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that more than 100 housing estates across England are set to benefit from a 32 million Estate Regeneration Fund to kick-start their regeneration.

Council competition encourages residents to pay council tax by direct debit

South Lanarkshire Council has launched a competition offering the chance to win a year’s free council tax for those who signed up to pay for council tax by direct debit by 1 April.

LGA calls for greater awareness of modern slavery

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that people need to be more aware of modern slavery, after figures have shown council referrals of potential victims have soared by 78 per cent.

Swindon Council sets aside £600,000 to improve education services

Swindon Council has set aside £600,000 over the next three years to help improve educational outcomes set out in its Swindon Challenge strategy.

Council tax lower in Wales than England

Official statistics have shown that council tax in England is on average £171 higher than that of Wales.

LGA calls for ‘full flexibility’ on social care funding

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for ‘full flexibility’ in how they use the £2 billion in new social care funding announced in the Budget, ahead of guidance due to be published by government on how it should be spent.

DCMS announces successful applicants to libraries fund

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England has announced that 30 local authorities’ libraries services from across the country will receive a total of £3.9 million from the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation fund.

Plans to build new roads will increase traffic

Road-building is failing to provide the congestion relief and economic boost promised, a new report has claimed.

DfT announces £23m cash injection for hydrogen powered vehicles

The DfT has announced a new £23 million fund aimed at accelerating the take up of hydrogen vehicles and roll out more cutting-edge infrastructure.

95 UK council care firm contracts cancelled over lack payments

According to a BBC Panorama investigation, 95 UK councils have had their contract with care firms cancelled because the firms were unable to deliv

Wirral Council to invest £1bn in Birkenhead regeneration

Wirral Council has revealed plans for the transformation of Wirral through a £1 billion development opportunity.

£45 million HCA loan for Cambridgeshire homes

The HCA has announced it will provide a £45 million loan to build over 4,500 new homes at a site near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

New mayor set for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal has been agreed, with a new mayor to be elected on 4 May.

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