Increase fly-tipping fines to act as suitable deterrent

Council leaders have suggested that fines for fly-tipping must be significantly increased to act as a suitable deterrent.

People face being kept in hospital longer than needed

People who are ready to be discharged from hospital risk end up staying longer than needed if vital additional funding is not confirmed this month.

New £5 million climate research programme

The government is launching a new £5 million research programme to step up the UK’s resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Licensing powers need to cover public health

The LGA says that giving councils the powers to consider the public health impact of licensing decisions is vital to protect communities from harm.

Councils losing millions due to holiday homes loophole

Colliers has estimated that the total loss to local authorities from business rates relief for holiday lets is currently around £110 million a year.

Labour Party calls for rapid green investment

Labour has claimed that more than 75,000 green jobs were lost from the UK economy in just five years under the Conservatives.

New flexible approach to apprenticeships announced

Sectors can now bid for a share of a £7 million fund to support the creation of new flexible apprenticeships.

More than 17,000 extra outdoor seats on streets last year

More than 3,300 fast track applications have been lodged by businesses to expand their footprint onto England’s streets.

Rural communities overlooked in ‘levelling up’ funding

The way in which the government is allocating funds for its ‘Levelling Up’ programme is failing to properly recognise the needs of rural communities.

Councils need tools to support voluntary groups

A new report argues that councils should be given the tools to continue their support for community and voluntary groups.

New planning requirements on fire safety

New planning requirements will seek to ensure that high-rise developments consider fire safety at the earliest stages of planning.

80 per cent of shops on high streets could be lost to PDRs

New research from the Town and Country Planning Association has exposed the potential risk to high-street posed by change of planning laws.

Loneliness and mistrust in government on the rise

A new Carnegie UK report has highlighted an increase in loneliness and a worrying decline in trust in government.

£5bn broadband upgrade for 2.2 million rural homes

Millions of people in rural England will get access to faster broadband speeds as part of a £5 billion plan to level up internet access across the UK.

Council leaders warn of temporary accommodation crisis

As many as 119,830 children in England will be living in temporary accommodation during the end-of-year Summer school break.

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