10 per cent of councils cut social care spending by a quarter

According to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) one in ten councils have cut their spending on social care by more than a quarter.

DWP announces support to aid workless families

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced new plans to help workless families break out of unemployment and disadvantage.

£2.4bn declared to boost England’s schools

The Department for Education has announced a £2.4 billion cash injection to help create 600,000 extra school places and improve or expand thousands of school buildings.

BEIS announces £290m boost for clean energy

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has invited renewable energy developers to compete for £290 million worth of contracts to support the growth of clean energy in Britain.

Campaigners march against Bath and North East Somerset Council cuts

The Bath Deserves Better campaign group have marched against reductions to council budgets, including cuts to arts funding, Bathampton Meadows park and ride and library services.

Khan accuses government of lacking transparency over Heathrow expansion

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, has accused the government of failing to provide answers on how Heathrow can be expanded without severe noise, air quality and road and rail impacts on London.

 DWP launches reformed illness support packages

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that the Personal Support Package aimed at helping people with health conditions will roll out from April, along with wider reforms to ensure a fair welfare system.

North East Lincolnshire Council purchases listed building for £1

North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) has reached an agreement with CPG Investments Ltd to purchase the listed Silo building at Victoria Mill for a nominal sum of £1 to bring the listed building into public ownership.

North Yorkshire CC libraries to run by community

21 libraries in North Yorkshire are set to be run directly by volunteers after the local authority’s library service has seen its budget cut from £7.8 million in 2010 to £4.3 million in 2017/18.

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.

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Event Diary

The largest flood exhibition and conference in the world is coming to London’s ExCeL in September.

The Emergency Services Show takes place at the NEC from 20-21 September and is the only UK event for all involved in public safety.

World of Learning will feature even more opportunities to discover the latest in learning and development (L&D) with over 100 exhibitors, The Technology Test Drive, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.