Small business confidence dropping

The latest Small Business Index, conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has shown a drop in confidence among small firms.

Surrey health and care organisations sign devolution pledge

Health and care organisations in Surrey have signed an agreement to integrate health and social care in the region.

Essex Highways installs Britain’s first ‘smart’ streetlights

Essex County Council has launched a trial of ‘smart’ streetlights, that offer the potential to monitor pollution and create Wi-Fi hotspots.

City of Edinburgh Council to be run by coalition

The SNP and Labour have formed a new coalition to run the City of Edinburgh Council, pledging to deliver improved services.

Tory ministers aware of care plan just before manifesto launch

Plans for the so-called ‘dementia tax’ were only shown to Hunt and Javid hours before the Conservative manifesto launch.

Emergency funding available for Grenfell Tower incident

The Bellwin scheme will be activated to support the immediate response operation following the horrific incident at Grenfell Tower in London.

Emerging concerns over care home fees and funding

Families are being charged by care homes for extended periods after a resident has died, as well as large upfront fees, a market study reveals.

Air quality plans shifting burden on local authorities

The CIEH has accused the government’s air quality plans of ‘unfairly shifting’ the burden to solve the problem to local authorities.

Oxford seeks further powers to tackle air pollution

Oxford City Council has asked for more powers to tackle air pollution in Oxford, following the government’s Draft Air Quality Action Plan.

Unions call for a ‘long overdue’ council pay rise

Three unions have submitted a pay claim that attempts to narrow the growing gap between declining wages and the rising cost of living.

£100m roads revival underway in Manchester

Manchester City Council has begun implementing its new five-year £100 million highways investment programme.

Council to investigate Newcastle-under-Lyme voting issues

A review into the 8 June parliamentary election will be carried out following social media complaints from constituents who were unable to vote.

Welsh council in danger of setting ‘over-ambitious’ goals

The auditor general for Wales says authorities must try harder to reduce the gap between income and spending.

£1.7bn affordable housing boost for Scottish councils

The Scottish government has committed to stimulate investment in affordable housing by making £1.75 billion available to councils.

The last stage in the planning process of Salford’s £30 million RHS Garden Bridgewater has been successfully passed.

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