Post-coronavirus boom in social housing needed

A post-pandemic building boom of 100,000 new social homes for rent each year would not only meet demand for affordable homes but also boost the economy.

£2.2bn to see businesses through national restrictions

Small businesses will receive a significant £2.2 billion from the government to help them through the current period of national restrictions.

Majority of care workers earn below 'real' living wage

Almost three-quarters  of frontline care workers in England are earning below the ‘real’ living wage.

Taskforce to support drive for two million green jobs by 2030

The government has launched a new Green Jobs Taskforce to support plans to build back greener and reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Further funding for cycling and walking announced

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that councils will receive a further £175 million to create safe space for cycling and walking.

LGA opens bids for Housing Advisers Programme

The Housing Advisers Programme funds the provision of independent expertise for councils undertaking specific projects to tackle the housing crisis.

Spend on ‘communications consultants’ needs clarification

The Labour Party has demanded transparency for the taxpayer over £130 million government spend on ‘communications consultants’.

Councils doubt ability to set a balanced budget next year

Only one in five of England’s largest councils are confident of setting a balanced budget next year without dramatic reductions to frontline services.

Committee questions ‘not impartial’ Towns Fund selections

The Public Accounts Committee says it is ‘not convinced by the rationales for selecting some towns’ for the £3.6 billion Towns Fund.

Councils spend over £2bn a year on culture and sport

A new report has claimed that councils remain one of the biggest investors in culture, sport and leisure - spending over £2 billion a year.

Government urged to restore confidence in levelling-up agenda

New research by campaign group HS2 East has revealed a lack of public confidence in the levelling-up agenda.

Labour challenges government to ‘Build it in Britain’

Labour is urging the government to ‘Build it in Britain’ and support the creation of 400,000 jobs, through a green recovery package.

Age UK calls for pay equalisation with the NHS

Age UK is calling on the government to improve the salaries of care workers so that they are the same as those for people doing the equivalent job in the NHS.

Invest in social housing to end housing crisis, says report

The RIBA is calling on the government to end the housing crisis by giving support to local authorities to deliver the next generation of council housing.

£4m boost to Bristol’s action on the climate

A multi-million pound programme to reduce the carbon and ecological footprint in Bristol has been approved.