£20 million boost for UK creative industries

Creative businesses in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Bristol are to receive £4 million to help them grow.

Councils awarded £1.3m to digitally improve public services

Almost £1.3 million has been awarded to councils to find solutions for how digital technology can improve services for the public.

Children’s social care budget to increase in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council is pledging further investment in support of Oxfordshire’s most vulnerable children in its budget proposals.

Nearly 130 public libraries have closed in the last year

An annual survey of British libraries has revealed that almost 130 public libraries have closed in the last year in Britain.

Local Industrial Strategies to build on unique local strengths

Ministers have announced that the entire country will be able to benefit from developing a local Industrial Strategy.

Consultation on a new unitary council for Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire councillors are set to decide whether to press ahead with a formal public consultation on plans to create a new unitary authority.

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.

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