Local government post Brexit right agreed

A process will be established to consult local government on matters previously consulted on through the EU Committee of the Regions.

nextbike chosen to run West Midlands bike-share

Transport for West Midlands, part of the WMCA, has chosen nextbike to run the UK’s largest docked bike-share scheme outside London.

‘Outdated and regressive’ council tax should be ditched

The government should consider scrapping the current ‘regressive’ council tax system in favour of a fairer system.

Increase devolution to support Brexit stability

Andy Burnham has called for increased devolution to English regions to maintain stability and growth across the country during the Brexit process.

Less than half of councils provide good online waste service

Only 46 per cent of district councils are providing a good or very good service for people seeking information about garden waste services.

10 per cent of local road network in poor condition

Under-funded local authorities report that more than 24,400 miles of road are identified as needing essential maintenance in the next year.

£23 million fund for neighbourhood planning

The government has announced that more English communities will have free access to guidance to help make their neighbourhood vision a reality.

Minister denies council cuts and homelessness link

The government’s new Homelessness Minister has told the Guardian that council cuts are not to blames for the increase in rough sleepers.

EV charging points to quadruple in London next year

London Councils has revealed that London boroughs are set to deliver over 2,600 charging points across the capital in the next financial year.

Greater Manchester named UK’s first age-friendly city region

The World Health Organization has recognised Greater Manchester as the UK’s first age-friendly city region as it launches an age-friendly strategy.

Elderly falls set to cause 1,000 admissions a day

The LGA has warned that the number of hospital admissions due to an older person falling is set to rise to nearly 1,000 a day by the end of the decade.

Number of secondary schools in deficit trebles

Research has found that the number of state secondary schools falling into deficit has almost trebled in the last four years to more than a quarter.

£3 million flood risk action plan for Devon

Over 300 homes and businesses will benefit from greater flood protection as part of Devon County Council’s Flood Risk Management Action Plan.

New collaboration to encourage community engagement

The NALC is to work with the Company of Community Organisers to build local relationships and help councillors engage with communities and residents.

Council to ban plastic straws and compostable coffee cups

Newcastle City Council is to ban plastics straws and switch to compostable coffee cups in its offices.


Event Diary

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