A number of council leaders have called on the government to maintain its commitment to vulnerable child refugees, after the Home Office cited local authority funding as part of the decision to scrap the scheme.

Edinburgh Council has approved a plan for the Lothian Chambers, a B-Listed building on George IV Bridge, to host the French consulate, and take on a new lease of life as Scotland’s ‘House of France’.

The new housing strategy for England will include plans to force councils to plan for their local housing needs and grant them powers to pressure developers to start building on land they own.

The International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) has proposed that councils should be legally required to make sure there are an adequate number of surrounding retirement homes when making housing plans.

The latest recipients of the Local Growth Fund have been revealed in London, the South East and East of England.

A new report has warned that Britain is on course for the biggest increase in inequality since those experienced under Thatcher’s government.

A report by the Fostering Network has warned that the UK’s fostering system is under ‘unsustainable strain’, and is only being held together by the ‘goodwill and commitment’ of foster carers.

The Home Affairs Committee has published a report warning that some asylum seekers have been placed in accommodation infested by rats, mice and insects after arriving in the UK.

The cost of dementia care will rise unless local environments are better planned to enable more independent living.

Manchester City Council has awarded a repairs and maintenance contract worth up to £86 million to Mears.

New statistics from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have shown that 4,134 people slept rough per night across England in 2016 - a 16 per cent increase on the previous year.

Stockport’s chief executive Eamonn Boylan is set to become the first full time boss of Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

A substantial increase in construction is needed if the UK government is to meet its target of building a million new homes by 2020.

A councillor working group has been set up to consider the consolidation of two of Aberdeenshire Council’s largest office buildings.

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones has announced that councils are to receive a further £48 million funding to help them deliver new and expanded services to prevent and reduce homelessness.

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