Great British High Street Awards 2019 launched

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has launched the 2019 iteration of the Great British High Street Awards.

Personal care should be freely available for over-65s

The IPPR is urging the government to introduce free social care to people over 65, funded by a 2p tax rise.

Ban on plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers, and plastic stemmed cotton buds in England.

The government needs a bus strategy, says MPs

A lack of co-ordinated government policy and squeezed funding for local authorities is driving bus use into decline, warns MPs.

£50bn black hole for councils over next six years

Local authorities are warning that they will have to resort to providing the ‘bare minimum’ if no extra funding is made available this year.

Government risks another Grenfell incident

The government has done nothing to adequately prepare fire and rescue services for a similar incident to the Grenfell fire.

Recognise air pollution as occupational health hazard

The British Safety Council has urged the government to recognise air pollution as an occupational health hazard.

Scottish communities seek more local powers

A review into the devolution of local powers in Scotland has published its initial findings.

Work underway for working definition of Islamophobia

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has set out the process for establishing a working definition of Islamophobia.

London’s ULEZ sees 74 per cent of vehicles comply

Since launching in the central London congestion charging zone on 8 April, the ULEZ has already driven a significant increase in vehicle compliance.

Government releases review of 25 Year Environment Plan

The government has published the first progress report of its landmark 25 Year Environment Plan.

Governance systems haven’t improved despite budget cuts

The government has not done enough to ensure that governance systems are improved, despite budgets remaining under extreme pressure.

New local authorities to be created in Northamptonshire

Two new councils are to be established in Northamptonshire to improve the delivery of public services across the county.

‘Patchy’ progress on youth homelessness prevention

A year after the Homelessness Reduction Act, progress on youth homelessness prevention has been found to be 'patchy'.

Public sector outsourcing spend softens

The private sector dominated the UK outsourcing market in Q1 of 2019, whilst public sector spend fell year-on-year.

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