Wrexham accused of not doing its job to tackle drugs

Local Labour MP Ian Lucas has accused Wrexham council of ‘not doing its job’ to effectively tackle drug problems in the town.

Lack of diversity among Wales’ council leaders, report highlights

A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has shown that Wales remains a country where ‘major decisions, including those in local government, are being taken by people not reflective of the country’s diversity’.

78 per cent of MPs believe more money should go to social care budgets

New polling by the Local Government Association (LGA) has shown that 78 per cent of MPs believe that additional funding should go to councils' social care budgets.

Caerphilly Council home to most polluted street outside London

Hafodyrynys Road in Crumlin in Caerphilly has been highlighted as the UK's most polluted street outside London.

Bowden Derra Park, a mental health care home under investigation by Cornwall Council, has banned the local authority's officials from visiting the site.

Scottish Borders Council opposes wind farm

Councillors from the Scottish Borders Council have unanimously objected to the construction of a 15-turbine wind farm near Bonchester Bridge.

EA begins £3.8m Totnes flood scheme

The Environment Agency (EA) has started work on a £3.8million scheme aimed at reducing the risk of flooding to over 400 homes and businesses in Totnes.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council signs new data sharing contract

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has signed a contract with Capita One to improve integration between its computer systems and simplify data sharing across children’s services.

The Local Government Association (LGA), has called on the government to use the Spring Budget to free councils from borrowing limits hampering their ability to build new homes, citing that local authorities are forced to spend £2 million per day on providing temporary accommodation.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to drop the current limit for drink driving, from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has warned that the average price of council tax bills in England is set to by four per cent in April, reaching almost £1,600 annually.

Bob Price, Oxford City Council's leader has called the revised plans to merge Oxfordshire's six councils ‘confused’, claiming they did not address the city's governance in an acceptable way.

£50m a year spent on fly-tipping

New figures show that councils will have to spend £50 million to clear litter, as incidents of fly-tipping continue to increase.

CCS supports public sector save on water bills

A new water framework agreement will enable public sector organisations to choose which company supplies their water services.

Record high for zero hour contracts

New analysis of ONS data reveals that the number of people on controversial zero hours contracts has reached a record high of 910,000.

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