New funding and guidance for supported housing

Housing Minister Kelly Tolhurst has announced new funding for supported housing pilots in priority areas.

Government extends cap on energy bills

An extension to the Energy Price Cap is set to help 11 million households from being overcharged on their energy bills.

Labour calls for holiday free school meals until Spring

Labour has called on the government to extend the provision of free school meals until the Spring – or face a Commons vote on the issue.

Child poverty has risen in the Midlands and North

End Child Poverty coalition says that child poverty has risen most sharply in parts of the Midlands and Northern towns and cities.

£12 million to help rough sleepers this winter

The government has announced a new £10 million Cold Weather Fund to support councils get rough sleepers off the streets during the winter.

£257 million to better support cultural organisations

More than 1,300 arts and cultural organisations are expected to benefit from a share of £257 million from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Towns Fund constituency funding questioned

Robert Jenrick has admitted that he and Jake Berry approved payments to towns in each other’s constituencies from a fund earmarked for deprived areas.

Councils could spend £1.7bn over budget by March

Nine in 10 major local authorities in England do not have enough money to cover their spending plans this year.

£24 million in green technologies for Leeds council homes

Leeds City Council has announced a transformational new programme to improve council housing and cut the city’s carbon footprint.

Government grants poor value for money

Councils received at least 448 individual government grants between 2015-19 in an increasingly ‘fragmented’ use of public funding.

Government must hand power down to level up, says LGiU

Power must be rebalanced around the needs of local places to achieve the government’s aim of levelling up, says news LGiU report.

Coronavirus enforcement boosted with £60m funding

Local councils will receive additional funding to step up their enforcement of coronavirus rules to help tackle a rise in infections.

Extra support for councils to expand children’s services

Extra support will be given to councils to help them to ensure domestic abuse victims and their families get the vital help they need.

‘Red wall’ areas set to take the brunt of welfare cuts

Six million households face losing £1,000 in benefits next year unless Chancellor Rishi Sunak U-turns on Universal Credit.

Community ownership key to survival of high streets

Local community access and ownership of key buildings on the UK’s high streets is likely to be pivotal to their future survival.

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