£20 million for five areas to invest in culture

Five locations across England will receive a share of £20 million to invest in local culture, heritage and creative industries.

Coventry City Council slowest in UK to fill potholes

New research from the RAC Foundation has found that Coventry City Council has the longest response time in Britain for filling in serious potholes.

Screen time encouraging children’s inactivity

A new report has highlighted how children are increasingly choosing to spend hours indoors and on screens instead of playing outside.

Somerset scheme saves 7,500 nights in hospital

A pioneering scheme in Somerset has helped patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital and freed up at least £2 million for other services.

Sustained improvement for Birmingham’s children’s services

An Ofsted inspection has judged children’s social care services in Birmingham as ‘requires improvement to be good’.

Community-led housing in London receives £38m

A new £38 million fund for community-led housing has been launched to enable Londoners to play a leading role in building new affordable homes.

Updated proposals for a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have published updated proposals for a Zero Emission Zone in the city centre.

Norfolk County Council’s SEN provision criticised

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised Norfolk County Council’s provision for children with SEN following two investigations.

Local flood management consultation begins

James Brokenshire has welcomed a consultation on increasing local funding for flood and coastal erosion management and is keen to hear ideas.

Oversight of the local gov system needs improving

The government must improve its oversight of the local governance system to help councils cope with increasing pressures, says NAO.

£5m sought to balance books in East Sussex

Financially-struggling East Sussex County Council has revealed plans to make savings of £5.1 million to deliver a balanced budget in 2019-20.

Clean Air Strategy consultation for Birmingham

Birmingham City Council wants to launch a ‘Clean Air Strategy for the City of Birmingham’ which goes beyond its legal duties to tackle air pollution.

Campaign launched to end outsourcing of public services

The GMB has launched a Go Public campaign to end drive to outsource public services as it warns that the government hasn’t learned its lesson.

Quarter of carers report mental ill-health symptoms

Almost 27 per cent of 'sandwich carers' show symptoms of mental ill-health while caring for both sick, disabled or older relatives and children.

Brent reselects Capita for business rates collection

Brent Borough Council has again chosen Capita plc to deliver business rates collection for the authority for a further five years.

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