Homeless families rises by 17 per cent

The number of families finding themselves homeless over the past year has risen by nearly a fifth on five years ago.

Gloucester to run property portfolio to raise funds

Gloucester City Council will set up a Property Investment Board to make decisions on buying and selling properties to raise council funds.

Utility companies support for Grenfell victims

A number of utility companies have announced a package of support for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, alongside government funding.

Surrey recycling centre plans to save £2 million-a-year

Surrey County Council has launched a consultation on proposals to save up to £2 million-a-year from community recycling centres.

Cladding in Camden to be removed

Camden Council will remove cladding from five of its blocks, after reviewing fire safety on its buildings after the Grenfell Tower fire.

Public sector can do more to reduce emissions

A leading lighting organisation has said that the public sector can do more to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Help to Buy schemes help over 285,000 people

New Help to Buy statistics show that over 285,000 completions have taken place using one or more of the government’s Help to Buy schemes.

Local gov needs data system refresh within 18 months

New research reveals that local authorities are unable to store and analyse data effectively and will need a refresh within the next 18 months.

Kensington council boss resigns over Grenfell incident

Nicholas Holgate, chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council, has resigned following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The mental health system is ‘failing young people’, report shows

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services are unable to adequately support young people who need specialist support.

Heightened terror could put police ‘at risk’

Met Police say policing could be at ‘significant’ risk as funding is promised for counter terrorism policing.

Government-funded new social housing has plummeted

New statistics have shown that the number of new government-funded social homes has plummeted by 97 per cent since 2010.

Start-up business initiative in Manchester libraries

Greater Manchester libraries are introducing a new initiative that aims to help people across the city region launch their own start-up businesses.

Strategic Transport Plan to transform North’s economy

Transport for the North has released its Strategic Transport Plan to transform the North’s economy through investment in transport infrastructure.

Government will cover costs of fire safety work

The Guardian is reporting that councils will be fully reimbursed for any building work carried out on tower blocks.

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