1.8 million new requests for adult social care last year

NHS Digital has revealed that local authorities received 1.8 million new requests for adult social care support in 2017-18.

Leeds welcomes 51 additional electric vans to fleet

Leeds City Council has begun to replace its existing fleet with 51 electric Nissan E-NV200 vans, creating a total EV fleet of 95 vehicles.

China recycling restrictions hitting UK councils

Fifth of councils have felt a direct impact from China’s restrictions on imports of mixed paper and certain types of plastic over the last year.

New £10m fund to improve London councils' housing

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is launching a new £10 million fund to increase London councils' housing and planning teams.

New rules over offenders from serving as councillors

The rules preventing people found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils will be strengthened.

Almost 16,000 infants considered vulnerable and at risk of harm

There are 15,800 babies under the age of one considered to be vulnerable or highly vulnerable and at risk of harm, but still living at home.

£248 million to make social sector homes safer

12 councils and 31 housing associations will receive funding for the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding from 135 buildings.

Adult social care winter funding allocated

Local authorities in England will receive a share of a £240 million fund to help local areas ease winter pressures on the NHS.

£1 billion at risk of being sent back to EU

The government is unlikely to invest almost £1 billion in local communities through the ESF, risking the money being sent back to Brussels.

May launches government’s first Loneliness Strategy

Theresa May has launched the first strategy to tackle loneliness, claiming it to be ‘one of the greatest public health challenges of our time’.

12-year low for local bus journeys

The crisis facing local transport has reached a pivotal point as the number of local bus journeys has fallen to a 12-year low.

Risk of pothole-related breakdowns doubles

The RAC has reported that motorists are now around 2.5 times more likely to suffer pothole-related breakdowns than 12 years ago.

One in 10 deprived areas deemed ‘food desert’

Nearly one in 10 of the country’s most economically deprived areas are food deserts, with residents unable to afford fresh fruit and vegetables.

Public facing a growing ‘care injustice’

The CQC has warned that the public is facing a growing ‘care injustice’ as people are finding it more difficult to get help in England.

Lifesaving library services improving mental health

People living with mental health conditions are benefiting from lifesaving library services which have been launched by councils.

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