Combustible cladding system ban urged by MPs

MPs have urged for an extension of combustible cladding ban and action to tackle conflicts of interest in construction industry.

Empty homes should pay double council tax

The Local Government Association has urged for councils to have the powers to double the rate of extra council tax on empty homes.

National youth groups receive funding boost

Lord Bourne has announced £250,000 to give more young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to join national youth groups.

Record-breaking number of green flags for UK green spaces

In the 22nd year of the Green Flag Awards, a record number 1,883 Green Flags have been awarded to green spaces across the UK.

Three-year high for pothole-related breakdowns

The RAC has reported a 15 per cent rise in the number of drivers breaking down after hitting potholes on local roads.

New panel to advise on future of the high street

Jake Berry has announced the appointment of a panel of experts to diagnose issues that currently affect the health of our high streets.

Incineration of waste causes stall in recycling rates

The amount of waste managed by local authorities and sent to incinerators has tripled since 2010, while recycling rates have stalled.

Smart bins to improve waste collection in Hull

Hull City Council will see smart bins introduced across the city in a ground breaking pilot project to improve waste collection.

Business case for unitary authority in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council is to prepare a formal case to replace its current two-tier system of local government with a new unitary authority.

Over half of investigations against councils upheld

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman upheld 57 per cent of the investigations into complaints against councils last year.

Cities need more powers to address digital divides

A new report has argued that UK cities need more powers from the government if they are going to be able to address current digital divides.

Financial leadership key to public sector digital transformation

Technology advances in public services requires effective leadership, organisational engagement, and insightful risk management, says CIPFA.

Two new council-backed energy tariffs in Bath

Two new energy tariffs by Our Power, offering a choice of affordable energy deals, have been supported by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Nottingham decides against Clean Air Zone

Nottingham City Council has claimed that existing measures already under way to improve air quality mean a Clean Air Zone is no longer being considered.

https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13144

The IFS has revealed that total school spending per pupil in England fell by approximately eight per cent in real terms between 2010 and 2018.

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