Conservative councillors seek low-cost rented homes

71 per cent of Conservative council leaders warn that current investment will not deliver the number of low-cost rented homes needed in their area.

Funding boost for SEND school places

Local authorities are set to benefit from a £50million funding boost to create additional school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

22,000 children severely obese after primary school

New analysis by the LGA has revealed that more than 22,000 children aged 10 and 11 in Year 6 are classed as severely obese.

Council-run crisis support schemes failing people

The Children’s Society and the Church of England have warned that crisis support schemes run by local authorities are failing to operate effectively.

Dorset merger given final green light despite challenges

Legislation has now passed in both Houses of Parliament ensuring that Dorset will be served by two brand new unitary councils from April 2019.

165,000 homes could be built without local scrutiny

Current housebuilding targets are running the risk of allowing nearly 165,000 new homes to bypass scrutiny by the local community.

Increasingly difficult to fund free school transport

The County Councils Network has warned that it is becoming increasingly difficult to fund free school transport for pupils in rural areas.

Sprinklers to be installed in all new Cornwall homes

Cornwall Council has pledged to keep residents safe from house fires by agreeing to install sprinklers in all homes the authority builds.

‘Faltering’ academy finances need correcting

The LGA has strongly urged the government to take control of ‘faltering’ academy finances or be prepared to let councils oversee them.

NHS and social care costs of air pollution calculated

PHE has released a new report and cost tool which calculates that the health and social care costs of air pollution could reach £5.3 billion by 2035.

Liverpool announces funding for grassroots sports

The Mayoral Active Sports Fund, worth £10,000, has been created to help encourage Liverpool residents, of all ages, to get fit and active.

Energy-saving LED lamps for Cambridgeshire

3,635 energy-saving LED streetlights will be installed as part of the LED lantern replacement project being carried out by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Public campaign needed to tackle loneliness

The Royal College of GPs says that a national public campaign is needed to raise awareness of loneliness and social isolation across society.

LGA explores tomorrow’s transport technology

The LGA is to explore the transition in vehicle technology that is likely to see our current vehicles replaced fully electric and automated transport.

London green space funding allocated

Sadiq Khan has announced the six winners of over £2 million of the Mayor’s Greener City Fund for green space improvements.

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