Third of country’s flood defences in private hands

A third of England’s most important flood defences are in private hands, with some at risk of ‘complete performance failure’.

2050 Net Zero target unlikely without council engagement

The UK will struggle to reach the net zero target by 2050 unless Government steps up efforts to work together with local councils on climate action.

BEIS to bring 400 jobs to Salford by 2025

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s new Salford site has been officially opened by Greg Hands.

Record number of authorities join LLC Register

Six more local authorities have migrated onto HM Land Registry’s LLC Register, the highest number to have joined in one month.

Levelling up spend decisions should be made locally

Two-thirds of people living in areas prioritised for levelling up funding want decisions on spending in their communities made locally and not by Whitehall.

Decade of action needed to tackle climate crisis in Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford has called for a ‘decade of action’ to tackle the climate change crisis in Wales.

Rishi Sunak delivers Budget to the Commons

Rishi Sunak has pledged a major increase in public spending, with total departmental spending set to increase by £150 billion by 2025.

Local authority spending on museums drops by a quarter

The Museums Association has revealed that spending on museums and galleries by local authorities has fallen by 27 per cent in the past decade.

Homecare costs outstripping funding from councils

The Homecare Association is calling on the government to invest properly in homecare to help address unmet need and reduce pressure on the NHS.

‘People power’ over planning could help fix housing crisis

The Social Market Foundation has said that giving local residents a greater say over proposed construction in their area could help fix the UK’s housing crisis.

Children’s social care costs will rise by £600m a year

Increasing demand to help safeguard children will see future cost pressures in children’s social care increase by an estimated £600 million each year until 2024/25.

Further support needed to meet zero-emission buses target

Campaign for Better Transport is calling for more to be done to deliver a zero-emission bus fleet as only a minority are currently electric.

Invest in councils to green retrofit 1,000 homes a day

Over 1,000 homes a day could be retrofitted with low-carbon efficiency measures by councils by 2030 - reducing energy bills by nearly £700 million.

Universal free garden waste collections ‘unnecessary’

Introducing universal free garden waste collections is ‘unnecessary’ and will not solve the issue of garden waste ending up in landfill, says LGA.

£875m investment needed in public sports and leisure facilities

Council leaders have said that long-term investment in public sport and leisure facilities is key to supporting efforts to tackle health inequalities.

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