London boroughs seek ways to tackle unemployment

London boroughs are calling for stronger local powers to address long-term unemployment and in-work poverty in the capital.

Up to £50,000 available to help town centres

Jake Berry has announced that communities across the country can bid for up to £50,000 to help make local areas more attractive for business.

Overhaul of broken housing complaints system announced

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has announced plans for new housing complaints service for entire housing market.

Street lighting improvement remains priority in Oxfordshire

A £41 million street lighting improvement programme continues to be part of Oxfordshire County Council’s investment plan.

Bathnes and Bristol award contract to manage litter

Bath and North East Somerset has awarded a new Environmental Crime contract that will see specialist officers tackle litter on the streets.

Public health cuts pose risk to children’s health

The RCPCH has published a new report warning that political uncertainty and public health cuts pose risk to progress in child health policy.

Government likely to miss cycling and walking targets

The government is in serious danger of missing its targets to increase levels of cycling and walking in England.

Half of pupils in an academy or free school

More than 50 per cent of pupils in state-funded schools in England are now studying in an academy or free school.

Counties reject claims of fair funding review bias

The County Councils Network has rejected claims that the fair funding review unfairly favours county areas.

£1 million Coastal Revival Fund helping 23 projects

Coastal heritage sites are set to be saved as a total of 23 projects are to receive a share of almost £1 million from the Coastal Revival Fund.

Traffic monitoring exercise to take place in Liverpool

For a week in February, a large traffic monitoring exercise is to be carried out in Liverpool as part of the council’s city-wide air quality

First carbon neutral city aim for Nottingham

Nottingham City Council has set itself an ambitious target to become the first carbon neutral city in the UK.

Government not clued up on children’s social care pressures

A new report has concluded that the Department for Education does not fully understand what is driving demand for children’s social care.

Academy failures on funds damaging education

MPs have warned over a succession of high-profile academy failures that have been costly to the taxpayer and damaging to children’s education.

Cross-government suicide prevention plan published

The first cross-government suicide prevention plan has been published, with a focus on how social media can identify those at risk of suicide.

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