Liverpool’s Mayor launches new housing company

Liverpool City Council has launched its new housing company, Foundations, which can help residents buy their own homes.

£78 million for local transport projects in Wales

Welsh Transport Secretary Ken Skates has announced £78 million of additional funding for local transport projects in Wales.

Tees Valley Mayor to buy Durham Tees Valley Airport

Ben Houchen has announced that he has agreed terms with Peel Airports to bring Durham Tees Valley Airport back into public ownership.

Cuts in public spending disproportionately affecting north

The IPPR North thinktank has argued that the north of England is continuing to see bigger cuts in public spending.

Don’t ‘throw out the rule book’ amid budget pressures

Local authorities have been challenged not to ‘throw out the rule book’ when redesigning services in the face of budget and resource pressures.

Cash injection needed to avoid ‘catastrophic collapse’

Council leaders have demanded that a forthcoming cut in funding of £1.3 billion is cancelled to stop an impending ‘catastrophic collapse’.

Help to Buy aiding 400,000 onto the housing ladder

More than 400,000 people have been able to buy their first home thanks to the government’s Help to Buy schemes.

Blue badge thefts up sixfold in five years

Councils have warned that the theft of Blue Badges used by disabled motorists in England has risen by 45 per cent in the past 12 months.

Number of new homes continues to rise

Homes England says the number of homes being built in England has continued to rise in the first half of this financial year.

Substantial increase in affordable homes in West Midlands

The West Midlands saw a 33 per cent increase in affordable homes completed during the last year, which is three times the national average.

Public service delivery overhaul in Manchester

Andy Burnham has labelled the new Greater Manchester model of public service delivery as a ‘big test for devolution’ for the region.

Developing the future of Cambridgeshire focus of plans

Cambridgeshire County Council has agreed funding of more than £30 million to develop four new clean energy schemes in the region.

Westminster austerity agenda costs Wales 28,000 jobs

28,100 local authority jobs have been lost in Wales since 2010 as a result of severe spending cuts driven by the UK Westminster government.

New roadmap for public libraries launched

A new initiative has been launched to explore different options for how libraries could be better funded and managed.

Two-step solution for flood protection in Leeds

Leeds City Council has announced proposals to proceed with a ‘pragmatic two-step solution’ to provide enhanced flood protection measures.

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