Warrington Borough Council’s executive board has approved plans for a devolution deal with Cheshire, with a final decision due in July.

Employment rate reaches new high

The current employment rate is 74.6 per cent – the highest employment rate since records began in 1971.

19 million living on inadequate income

A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed that nearly a third of the UK population is living on an ‘inadequate’ income.

Sexual infections fuelled by lack of sex education

The LGA has claimed that extending compulsory sex and relationship education in academies could reduce the diagnosis of STIs.

Northern powerhouse event criticised for male dominance

A Northern Powerhouse conference has been labelled as ‘embarrassing’ for its lack of women speakers.

OLEV calls on councils to bid for ORCS funding

The Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) has announced a new £2.5 million fund for an on-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, which is open for councils to bid on.

Pembrokeshire Council has backed St Davids - the smallest city in the UK, plan to become the 2021 City of Culture.

 Councils pay out £35m in unfit housing legal fees

Information collated via a BBC Freedom of Information (FoI) request has found that councils in England have paid out over £35 million in compensation fees to tenants living in unfit council homes, over the past five years.

Pensioners incomes exceeds working families

Research has revealed that pensioners in the UK are now an average of £20 a week better off than working households.

Right to Buy faces suspension in Cardiff

The City of Cardiff Council is considering suspending Right to Buy for five years in an effort to protect the city’s social housing stock.

Recycling opportunities wasted by councils

Analysis by Sky News has revealed that fewer than 10 per cent of councils make recycling compulsory for their residents.

‘Profound culture change’ needed in UK prisons

A new report argues that prisons in England and Wales need a ‘profound culture change’ so that inmate safety is prioritised further.

MPs highlight threat of public park decline

A report has highlighted a period of decline facing public parks and encourages councils to publish strategic plans to address the problem.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that the government will return more powers to Rotherham council, bringing the majority of services back under the authority’s control.

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.

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