New law passed to protect vulnerable people in care

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill seeks to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care.

£163 million affordable home fund available to communities

James Brokenshire has launched a new Community Housing Fund to significantly increase the delivery of affordable homes.

Small business joy as G-Cloud 10 opens

A total of 3,505 suppliers have been awarded places on the new G-Cloud 10 framework, with more than 90 per cent of them SMEs.

£8 billion funding black hole for councils by 2025

The LGA has warned that the government’s next Spending Review will be ‘make or break’ for local services, most of which are already under huge funding pressure.

Victims of domestic abuse to get £19 million support fund

James Brokenshire has announced that nearly £19 million of funding will be made available to support services for survivors of domestic abuse.

LED street light upgrades in Leeds proposed

Leeds City Council is set to receive proposals later this year to upgrade all street lights in the city to more energy-efficient LEDs.

Homes specifically for social rent at risk of being eliminated

The National Planning Policy Framework has dropped the reference to ‘social rent’ homes from the government’s definition of affordable homes.

Council bus budgets halved amid £182m cuts

Funding for supported buses has been halved in the last eight years, leaving many parts of England and Wales without public transport.

National taxation key to solving adult social care

89 per cent of councils believe that national taxation should be part of the financial solution to the adult social care crisis.

Right time for strategic alliance, says Leicestershire leader

Nick Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council, has said that ’the time has come to explore having a new council for Leicestershire’.

Fresh calls for government to suspend right to buy

11,465 homes were sold by councils under the right to buy scheme in 2017/18, while councils were only able to replace 4,944 homes using the receipts.

CQC launches ‘Learning from safety incidents’ resources

The CQC has published a new series of resources to help health and care organisations ensure the safety and well-being of people using their services.

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