£29m council funding for vulnerable children

Sajid Javid has announced that councils will receive an additional £29 million to boost their support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Essex announces £300m budget spending plan

Essex County Council’s budget proposals for 2018/19 include investment in the region’s roads, schools and homes.

Shared services proposal gets green light in Northumberland

Plans for Newcastle City Council and Northumberland County Council to merge their transactional services have taken a major step forward.

Lowest-income households facing debt

New research has revealed that a third of the lowest-income households in Britain have loans and credit card debts that outstrip the assets they hold.

Management of rivers could go to communities

The Environment Agency has launched a consultation on proposals to transfer ‘flood risk management activities’ of watercourses to local groups.

Greater Manchester chosen as natural environment pioneer

Greater Manchester is one of four UK settings chosen to ‘pioneer’ new ways of enhancing the natural environment.

Nottingham reiterates post-Grenfell funding call

Nottingham City Council has repeated its request for the government to provide the £8.5 million necessary for post-Grenfell safety measures.

Ministers urge councils to use electric car scheme

Government ministers have encouraged local authorities to consider the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme and improve transport efficiency.

Local bus services boosts road management in York

Statistics have shown that improvements made to York’s buses have helped take 460,000 car trips off the city’s roads last year.

Liverpool to set out 15 year plan for growth

Liverpool City Council is on the brink of publishing its Local Plan that will set out plans to create 35,000 new homes.

Charitable trust to manage Knowsley parks

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council's cabinet has agreed to establish a charitable trust to manage the borough’s green spaces.

Children's services receive referral every 49 seconds

The LGA has revealed that there were 646,120 referrals to councils’ children’s services during 2016/17, equaling one referral every 49 seconds.

Radical reform needed to tackle skills crisis

12 million people will be unemployed or in jobs they are over-qualified for by 2024, prompting calls for an overhaul of skills services.

New metro waste service likely in Derby

Derby and Nottingham city councils are set to launch a new combined ‘Metro’ commercial waste service in the region to provide a more efficient service.

Scrap mayoral election until devolution delivered

Council leaders have said that the forthcoming mayoral election in South Yorkshire should be cancelled until a devolution deal can be agreed.

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