£20 million to improve children’s social care

Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill has launched a £20 million initiative to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.

Later life quality plans for Leeds

A new partnership has been announced by Leeds City Council to tackle the challenges and create further opportunities for older residents.

£3.8 million homelessness fund for Manchester

Greater Manchester will receive almost £3.8 million to develop a new city region-wide approach to prevent homelessness and reduce rough sleeping.

Government climate change plans target draughty homes

The government’s Clean Growth Strategy will target the UK’s draughtiest homes as part of its bid to cut emissions by 57 per cent by 2032.

Welsh councils making decisions about their services

A new report highlights examples of practice and areas for improvement for how councils in Wales are managing service change.

Electric double-decker bus trial in Leeds

First Leeds has launched its trial of a new fully electric double-decker bus, following a successful trial in York.

Oxford councils propose a Zero Emission Zone

A joint proposal from Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council is seeking to introduce a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford city centre.

Extra care housing scheme to aid hospital bed delays

New 'Home from home' short-stay flats in Manchester are set to help the city's patients leave wards quicker and boost recovery.

Give cities local government finance powers

A new report has argued for radical change to give cities a constitutional role in directly tackling the issues of local government finances.

Lovie Awards for Birmingham City Council website

IADAS has named the new Birmingham City Council website as the Gold winner in the ‘Websites, Government & Civic’ category at the Lovies.

90 children a day entering care

The LGA has revealed that there are a record number of children now in the care system, with 90 children a day having entered care last year.

High satisfaction with electoral processes

The Electoral Commission has found that the public are satisfied with the way elections are run and are keen for further reform.

£12.2 billion spent with SMEs in 2015 to 2016

The Cabinet Office has revealed that SMEs benefited from £12.2 billion worth of central government spending in 2015 to 2016.

Council collaboration for HR framework

The London Borough of Waltham Forest has entered a new partnership with YPO to launch a new national HR procurement framework.

Councils to overspend social care budgets

New survey shows that over half of UK councils expect to overspend their adult social care budgets this year by up to nearly £21 million each.

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