Universal Credit flaws are causing debt and destitution

It is vital that the government take urgent steps to reform the design flaws within the Universal Credit system, says StepChange.

Emergency Tree Plan for the UK published

The Woodland Trust has outlined how the UK can rapidly increase tree cover to help reach net zero carbon emissions.

Cornwall reflects on year of climate emergency action

Cornwall Council is marking a year since declaring a climate emergency and summarised its key achievements in cutting its carbon emissions.

Net zero measures to be discussed by Citizens’ assembly

A 110-strong citizens’ assembly are set to meet to decide the tough measures required for the UK to achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions.

Funding for on-street chargepoints doubled

Government funding will be doubled to £10 million for the installation of chargepoints on residential streets next year.

New housing design is overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’

The design of new housing developments in England is overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’, with less-affluent communities the worst affected.

Building safety standards to benefit from new measures

The slow pace of improving building safety standards will no longer be tolerated under new measures to improve building safety.

Clean energy only for Welsh homes from 2025

Proposals for all new homes in Wales ro be heated and powered only from clean energy sources from 2025 have been outlined.

£1.2 million boost to rejuvenate community hubs

The government has announced that village halls in England have received £1.2 million to aid community hubs in making vital refurbishments.

High streets being ‘strangled’ by red tape

The Adam Smith Institute has argued that the high street needs to be made fit for purpose in the next decade.

£250m a year lost through business tax avoidance

A LGA survey has revealed that business rates avoidance is costing local services an estimated £250 million a year.

Time to ‘level up’ all parts of UK, says new report

The New Local Government Network has identified Cornwall and other rural areas as the UK’s ‘Land of Opportunity’.

Local authorities urged to prioritise adoption

Gavin Williamson has urged councils to prioritise adoption and ensure adoptive parents are not wrongly turned away.

Centralised skills system could leave millions behind

New research suggests that six million people in England risk being without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2030.

South Yorkshire leaders agree devolution deal

Four years after the deal was initially announced, political leaders have agreed to move forward with a South Yorkshire devolution deal.

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