The fund will be used to create new jobs, help train local people and boost economic activity.

Councils will be able to bid to fund local schemes which help those sleeping rough and struggling with mental health problems get into a home as a priority

The Year of Green Action is a year-long drive to connect more people with the environment and raise awareness about the simple steps everyone can take.

Planning Inspectorate responds to Rosewell review

The Planning Inspectorate has responded to suggestions in the recent Rosewell Review, which called for the time taken to make planning decisions to be cut from 47 to 26 weeks.

Councils sign up to Green Party climate emergency campaign

Twenty seven councils have declared a 'climate emergency' following a campaign by the Green Party to encourage environmental action at a local authority level.

Licensing changes need to help keep Shisha bars under control, says LGA

LGA says that prosecutions are taking up to a year and bar owners are increasingly undeterred by one-off fines of up to £2,500.

Funding announced to help prevent gang culture

The Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund will enable keyworkers to intervene early on in order to save children from becoming drawn into knife and gun crime

County Councils support full baseline reset of business rates

Responding to the Housing, Communities and Local Government’s latest consultation on Business Rate Retention, the County Councils Network (CCN) has called on the government to proceed with a planned full baseline reset in 2020 when it introduces 75% business rate retention.

LGA calls for funding solution as asylum seeking children costs double

Councils spent more than £152 million on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in 2017/18 – an increase of 95 per cent on the £77 million spent in 2014/15.

Nineteen Local Authorities to receive £136,362 each to help with Brexit chaos

Nineteen local authorities facing impacts from a local air, land or sea port will receive a share of £3.14 million to help them prepare for Brexit, the Communities Secretary has confirmed.

National Housing Federation launches Together with Tenants programme

Together With Tenants sets out a plan of action to ensure boards are always properly connected and accountable to the people they house, whilst also giving tenants and residents a strong role in scrutiny.

Cabinet members at Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside councils will meet next week to confirm the proposals for tackling air pollution

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