Scotland promises ambitious investment in broadband

The Scottish Government will go beyond its commitment to provide superfast broadband to all premises across Scotland.

National Trust pledges 20m new trees in next decade

The National Trust has announced a series of new initiatives to tackle climate change, including planting 20 million new trees.

Lincolnshire targets flood works in budget plans

Lincolnshire County Council is set to invest additional money in highways maintenance and flooding as part of its budget next year.

Human cost of poor housing benefit practice highlighted

Families are facing homelessness because of the way some authorities are dealing with appeals against housing benefit claims.

Oxford to install new water fountains in city parks

Oxford City Council is installing new drinking fountains in three of the city’s parks, as part of the authority’s support for cutting plastic waste.

Government launches new Town of the Year competition

Robert Jenrick has announced that towns across England will be able to compete in a new Town of the Year competition.

10-year high for children in care

The Local Government Association has revealed that the number of children in care has risen by 28 per cent in the past decade.

County councils welcome fairer funding promise

The County Councils Network (CCN) has welcomed a renewed commitment by the government to proceed with the Fair Funding Review.

Manchester City Council to act on Martyn's Law

Manchester City Council will act on proposals that will enshrine the principles of Martyn’s Law into future regulations.

Councils still facing obstacles to building new homes

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Housing shows that councils are still facing obstacles to building more homes.

Eight councils win funding through LGA programme

The latest round of the Local Government Association’s Behavioural Insights Programme has awarded funding to eight councils.

Over 400 schools stuck in cycle of poor performance

415 schools in England are ‘stuck’ in a cycle of low performance and need better and more tailored support to improve.

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