Hereford seeks more local involvement in children services

Herefordshire Council is set to consider the future use of its children’s centres as it seeks to meet new demand on services.

Southwark continues pledge on new council homes

Southwark Council has granted planning permission for hundreds of new council homes as part of a programme to build 11,000 in the borough.

West Midlands transport plan approved

The WMCA has approved a £3.4 billion transport blueprint to transform the city’s tram routes, new suburban rail lines, cycle routes and motorways.

Commons vote success for EU repeal bill

MPs in the House of Commons have backed the EU Withdrawal Bill by 326 votes to 290 in the first Parliamentary vote on the Brexit legislation.

Birmingham leader resigns over bins controversy

Birmingham council leader John Clancy has resigned following weeks of criticism over the authority’s handling of industrial action by refuse workers.

Partnership formed to tackle challenges in society

The government, businesses and civil society will be working together in a partnership to identify and develop solutions to societal challenges.

Oxford council trebles its contribution to new build through new Housing Company

A minimum of 2,050 affordable homes are hoped to be built in the city between the current financial year and 2022/23.

Next moves in £1 billion Paddington Village scheme

The next steps in the £1 billion flagship regeneration scheme in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter have been outlined in a new report.

Citizens Advice: Universal Credit expansion ‘disaster waiting to happen’

The expansion of Universal Credit is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’, according to government’s flagship welfare reform.

Harmful levels of air pollution poisoning children in playgrounds

Thousands of children are playing in school playgrounds near roads with harmful levels of illegal air pollution, new research has found.

Pay cap for police and prison officers to be lifted

The government is to lift the one per cent public sector pay cap for the first time for police and prison officers, the BBC has reported.

£8 million invested in children’s futures

An £8 million investment in Somerset children’s futures has seen pupils and staff returning after summer through the doors of two new primary schools.

£25,000 fundraising target set by Derby Mayor

The Mayor of Derby has set a £25,000 fundraising target for his Mayoral year.

Birmingham council to turn garages and pubs into 131 new homes

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve a two year house-building programme worth almost £19 million at a meeting soon.

Funding to help domestic abuse victims

Liverpool has been awarded almost £400,000 to help victims of domestic abuse and their families over the next three years.

Displaying food hygiene ratings is a must after Brexit, LGA says

All food premises in England should be made to display ’Scores on the Doors’ ratings when EU laws governing food safety are converted after Brexit.


Event Diary

The largest flood exhibition and conference in the world is coming to London’s ExCeL in September.

World of Learning will feature even more opportunities to discover the latest in learning and development (L&D) with over 100 exhibitors, The Technology Test Drive, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.