Sharing services saves taxpayers £840 million

Local Government Association analysis has revealed that more than £800 million of taxpayers’ money has been saved by councils sharing services.

Counties call for pre-Spending Review cash

England’s largest councils have warned ‘the worst is yet to come’ unless government provides counties with additional funding ahead of the Spending Review.

Any 'EU dividend' will be hard to calculate

The Public Accounts Committee finds that any 'EU dividend' will be hard to calculate and, if it materialises, is some years away, as it urges for clarity on Brexit cost.

Bristol cabinet to consider proposal to keep all Libraries open

A report to Bristol City Council’s cabinet has recommended that all of Bristol’s 27 libraries should be retained.

Social Care Premium urged to fund personal care for all

Two Commons committees have urged for a sustainable funding solution for adult social care, including a call for a new tax on over-40s.

City centres must become less reliant on retail in order to thrive

Too many city centres are over-dependent on retail, and must swap shops for offices, housing and public space to transform their economic prospects.

Social housing investment boost confirmed

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has announced a multi-billion pound boost to social housing across England.

Assurance offered for companies bidding for government contracts

Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington reinforced the government’s commitment to the private and voluntary sector delivery of public services.

Warning that rural communities left behind by LEPs

A new survey has shown that Local Enterprise Partnerships have a negative impact on the countryside and neglect rural regions.

Most would pay extra tax to pay for social care

the majority of people would be willing to pay more in council tax or voluntary one-off levies to better fund particular local services. 

Change system to ensure faster building of new homes

A review of house building has urged the government to make changes to the current system to ensure new homes are built faster.

Councils charging £74 million for garden waste collection

New BBC research has revealed that UK councils are collectively charging nearly £74 million for garden waste collection.

New portal to help Londoners find an affordable home

Sadiq Khan has launched a new online property portal that offers Londoners a one-stop shop where they can search for an affordable home to buy in the capital.

Environment Agency urges signing up for flood warnings

The Environment Agency has encouraged residents on the Lincolnshire coast to sign up for flood warnings to further increase flood resilience.

Funding cuts threatening half of all bus routes

The LGA has warned that almost half of all bus routes in England currently receive partial or complete subsidies from councils and are under threat.

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