£62 million heritage boost for high streets

The Culture Secretary has announced new funding will bring old buildings back into use and turn them into offices, housing and creative spaces.

£10m to plant over 130,000 urban trees

Michael Gove has announced that a new £10 million plan will see more than 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities.

Council tax system is ‘highly regressive’

The council tax system in London is becoming ‘increasingly unsustainable as a source of local government finance’ and is in need of ‘fundamental reform’.

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.

Councils in dark over vital youth offending cash

The LGA is calling on the MoJ to urgently announce this year’s funding to avoid further hampering efforts to plan youth offending services.

‘Care deserts’ emerging as system falls apart

An analysis carried out for Age UK has prompted warning that the system for looking after frail older people in England is falling apart.

Retailers selling knives to children in some areas

Six out of 10 retailers in some areas are breaking the law on underage knife sales, with alack of council funding preventing intervention.

Promoting good health is an important investment

PHE and CIPFA are collaborating to make the case that prevention and promoting good health is an important investment for our country.

Inequalities in pay is threatening democracy

The IFS has warned that inequalities in pay and opportunities in the UK are becoming so extreme they are threatening democracy.

Two-fold difference in mental health spend across England

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, it has been revealed that there is nearly a two-fold difference in mental health spending across England.

Borough budgets fall a fifth in the capital

London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth per head over the last eight years, with inner London boroughs hit the hardest.

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.

£8.5 million fund to deliver discounted homes

Kit Malthouse has announced a £8.5 million-pound support package to deliver thousands of discounted homes over a three-year pilot project.

Green light for South Yorkshire devolution deal

James Brokenshire has told the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority that a devolution deal for the region can go ahead.

Funding for councils caring for asylum seeking children

The Home Office has announced a funding boost of over £30 million for local authorities looking after unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

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