Urgent need for over 8,000 new foster families

The Fostering Network has reported that over 8,000 new foster families across the UK need to be found in the coming year.

LGA’s Housing Advisers Programme opens for bids

An innovative scheme set up by the LGA to help councils overcome housing challenges in their local areas has opened for bidding.

Leicester County Council joins clean energy pledge

Leicester County Council is set to join Leicester City Council and commit to using 100 per cent clean energy by 2050.

Cardiff to reconsider funding of parks

Cardiff City Council’s cabinet is set to consider new ways of running its parks as the council faces £91 million savings over the next three years.

Council cuts leaving deaf children at breaking point

The National Deaf Children’s Society has warned that more than a third of councils are cutting educational support for deaf children.

£1m funding for digital adult social care pilots

NHS Digital and the LGA have announced new funding for digital pilots that benefit people who access adult social care and improve services.

Pothole 'epidemic' costing £1 million a month

The AA has revealed that UK drivers and insurers are losing £1 million each month repairing damage to vehicles caused by potholes.

Commissioners appointed to Northamptonshire County Council

James Brokenshire will send commissioners into Northamptonshire County Council to ensure residents receive the high quality services they need.

Planning framework must focus more on transport

A new report by the RTPI has revealed that only half of housing in the 12 fast growing cities in England is built within 2km of train stations.

Bristol seeking partner for carbon neutral target

An international search is underway as Bristol City Council seeks potential partners to help reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Northamptonshire to pursue unitary governance proposal

Northamptonshire County Council will work with borough and district councils on a proposal for unitary governance in Northamptonshire.

Survey highlights neglect in our care system

A survey of almost 4,000 people has outlined a care system that is ‘visibly failing and unfit for purpose’.

London borough budgets drop a fifth over seven years

London borough budgets have fallen a fifth over the last seven years, with spending on planning, transport and culture hit hardest.

More funding to reduce rough sleeping

James Brokenshire has awarded funding to Greater Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands to help the regions reduce rough sleeping.

Copenhagen-inspired cycling assessment to get further UK roll out

Sustrans has revealed that four more local authorities have joined Bike Life, a project designed to help UK cities normalise cycling.

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