Carillion collapse likely to cost taxpayers estimated £148m

The NAO has reported that the recent collapse of large construction firm Carillion will cost UK taxpayers an estimated £148 million.

BBC finds that sexual-health clinics facing closure

A BBC freedom of information request has found that at least 72 councils in England are planning to cut sexual-health funding this year.

Devon produces new strategy to reduce plastic waste

Devon County Council has pledged to phase out its use of the most polluting single-use plastic products within two years.

Northamptonshire to sell County Hall to boost income

Northamptonshire County Council is seeking to minimise its property costs by increasing occupancy at its One Angel Square headquarters.

Safe infrastructure needed to boost cycling and walking

Andy Street and TfWM are urging the government to boost efforts to increase cycling and walking journeys by investing in safe infrastructure.

Councils given new powers over house planning

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced new powers for local authorities to aid them in delivering the homes their communities need.

Over 110,000 trees cut down by councils in three years

More than 110,000 trees have been chopped down in three years by councils across the UK, with Newcastle the most prolific.

Better intelligence sharing with local authorities

Home Secretary Sajid Javid is expected to reveal plans for increased sharing of information between government, local authorities and the police.

Cuts cause loss of three million hours of home care

A new report has shown that the provision of home care services has fallen by a concerning three million hours since 2015.

Unstable care system problematic for ‘pinball kids’

The Children's Commissioner for England has warned that thousands of children are still ‘pinging’ around the care system.

New taskforce for London’s electric vehicle uptake

The Mayor of London is launching a new taskforce to boost the infrastructure needed to increase the use of electric vehicles in London.

Parents ‘not involved’ in new free schools

New research has revealed that parent groups have only been behind about one in five of the free schools that have been opened.

Outdoor areas to be smoke-free in Wales by summer 2019

Wales is expected put smoke-free areas in hospital grounds, school grounds and playgrounds by summer 2019.

Councils handed administrative control of Prevent strategy

The MJ has reported that councils have been handed administrative control of the much-maligned counter terror Prevent strategy.

Councils should get more say over unhealthy food

A new report has claimed that local authorities need to be allowed to limit the proliferation of unhealthy food outlets in their areas.

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