Academy failures on funds damaging education

MPs have warned over a succession of high-profile academy failures that have been costly to the taxpayer and damaging to children’s education.

Cross-government suicide prevention plan published

The first cross-government suicide prevention plan has been published, with a focus on how social media can identify those at risk of suicide.

Clean Air Charging Zone gets green light in Leeds

Leeds City Council has been given more than £29 million in funding from the government to implement a Clean Air Charging Zone in the city.

Bus reforms prioritised in Greater Manchester

The Mayor of Greater Manchester has pledged to improve the city-region’s bus network, including free bus travel for 16 to 18-year olds.

Tech to improve Oxford’s roads and promote cycling

Oxfordshire County Council’s Smart City initiative is developing plans for new technology to identify crumbling road surfaces more quickly.

Local authorities trailing universities in cloud adoption

New analysis of cloud adoption across councils, public bodies, universities and emergency services reveals slow progress and hurdles to climb.

Government publishes domestic abuse bill

The government has published its draft Domestic Abuse Bill to help support victims and their families and pursuing offenders.

Newcastle best placed for LGBT commitment

Newcastle City Council has been named as the highest-placed local authority on the Stonewall Top 100 index.

Micro-homes have potential to solve London's housing crisis

Living in micro-homes could enhance choice for young professionals in the capital and help tackle London's housing crisis.

Councils slashing crime prevention budgets

New analysis has revealed that crime prevention budgets have been cut by more than half since the Conservatives came to power.

£7.7 million to be invested in Liverpool’s children’s care

An additional 160 staff are to be recruited by Liverpool City Council to cut the caseload of children’s social workers by up to half.

£20 million for five areas to invest in culture

Five locations across England will receive a share of £20 million to invest in local culture, heritage and creative industries.

Coventry City Council slowest in UK to fill potholes

New research from the RAC Foundation has found that Coventry City Council has the longest response time in Britain for filling in serious potholes.

Screen time encouraging children’s inactivity

A new report has highlighted how children are increasingly choosing to spend hours indoors and on screens instead of playing outside.

Somerset scheme saves 7,500 nights in hospital

A pioneering scheme in Somerset has helped patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital and freed up at least £2 million for other services.

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