Children's centres changes and closures likely in Suffolk

Suffolk County Council has launched a review of its Children’s Centre service with a view to strengthening its current family offer.

Lincolnshire targets flood works in budget plans

Lincolnshire County Council is set to invest additional money in highways maintenance and flooding as part of its budget next year.

Human cost of poor housing benefit practice highlighted

Families are facing homelessness because of the way some authorities are dealing with appeals against housing benefit claims.

Government launches new Town of the Year competition

Robert Jenrick has announced that towns across England will be able to compete in a new Town of the Year competition.

County councils welcome fairer funding promise

The County Councils Network (CCN) has welcomed a renewed commitment by the government to proceed with the Fair Funding Review.

Councils still facing obstacles to building new homes

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Housing shows that councils are still facing obstacles to building more homes.

Eight councils win funding through LGA programme

The latest round of the Local Government Association’s Behavioural Insights Programme has awarded funding to eight councils.

A greener Cambridge central to 2020 budget plans

Cambridge City Council’s budget for 2020-21 is pledging action on climate change, biodiversity and the environment.

Norfolk pledges investment in children and adults

Norfolk County Council is proposing significant extra investment in adults’ and children’s services as part of the authority’s latest budget.

£4m to crack down on criminal landlords and letting agents

More than 100 councils across England have been awarded a share of over £4 million to crack down on criminal landlords and letting agents.

Specialist support promised for struggling schools

Six new Teaching School Hubs have been announced, as part of plans to share the expertise of the country’s highest performing schools.

March Budget will usher in ‘decade of renewal’

Chancellor Sajid Javid has launched the beginning of the Budget process and announced that it will take place on 11 March 2020.

HS2 costs ‘out of control’ and benefits overstated

Lord Berkeley has warned that there is ‘overwhelming evidence’ that the costs of HS2 are ‘out of control’.

Pay rise for 2.8 million people revealed for 2020

The government has announced that low-paid workers will receive a 6.2 per cent pay rise with a new National Living Wage of £8.72 per hour.

Project to collate and share bus location data launched

A ground-breaking project will enable bus users to plan routes, estimate journey times and understand costs in advance.


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