Councils urged to approve more 'Right to Build' plans

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced a review to make it easier for people to build their own home.

Record numbers claiming council tax support

More than 2.5 million working age people across England claimed a discount on their council tax between April and June this year.

Coronavirus has hit 'critical' stage in England

The coronavirus pandemic has now reached a ‘critical’ stage in England, with a dramatic increase in infections recorded across all areas of the country.

Rapid review launched into London Borough of Croydon

Robert Jenrick has confirmed that a rapid non-statutory review will be conducted into the London Borough of Croydon.

Calls for parity of lockdown rules for Christmas

The Lib Dems and Alliance Party of Northern Ireland have said that coronavirus restrictions should be the same across all four UK nations this Christmas.

MPs in north of England seek ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown

More than 50 Conservative MPs in northern England have urged the Prime Minister to provide a ‘clear roadmap’ out of lockdown.

Seven areas to benefit from £180m Town Deals funding

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced the seven communities that are set to benefit from up to £178.7 million in new Town Deals.

New guidance for councils on tackling homelessness

New guidance for councils has been published to help ensure care leavers have the stable homes they need, and prevent them from becoming homeless.

£75 million for iconic cultural and arts venues

Iconic arts venues and cultural organisations are to receive a £75 million boost from government's Culture Recovery Fund.

Local taxpayers are keeping private bus companies afloat

The Local Government Association has warned that concessionary fare funding is being used to prop up private bus companies.

Purpose-built housing for older people must be priority

The British Property Federation has revealed the scale of new housing-with-care units required to keep up with future demand.

Allocations of £1bn confirmed for councils this winter

Robert Jenrick has confirmed allocations for individual councils from the £1 billion of additional support announced earlier this month.

Sunak announces one-year Spending Review

The Chancellor has decided to conduct a one-year Spending Review in order to prioritise the response to coronavirus.

The government has potential to save at least £30bn a year

The Centre for Policy Studies has set out nine ideas which would deliver £30 billion a year to the Treasury without impacting frontline services.

Collaboration needed to fill the strategic planning void

Stronger collaboration between councils, health bodies and business could fill the strategic planning void if the duty to co-operate is axed.

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