Government ‘unwilling’ to make necessary high street changes

The HCLG Committee has said the government is ‘unwilling to make the radical change required’ to transform high streets.

Government urged to sustainably fund public health

The County Councils Network is among a number of signatories to a new statement calling on the government to sustainably fund public health services.

Brokenshire commits £25 million for Holocaust Memorial

Communities Secretary confirms that an additional £25 million has been committed to the new National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

£9.1m for free meals and activities over summer

£9.1 million of funding will be used to help offer 50,000 disadvantaged children free meals and activities over the upcoming summer holidays.

Councils told to embrace benefits of public scrutiny

Councils should embrace scrutiny of their spending decisions to achieve value for money and improve services.

Pioneering scheme to tackle bad behaviour in schools

A £10 million investment is set to help over 500 schools take part in a pioneering scheme to tackle bad behaviour.

£160m spent on Brexit consultant contracts

The government has signed a round of new Brexit contracts with outside consultants worth almost £160 million.

Council cuts contributing to rising knife crime

Communities with the biggest council spending cuts to youth services are likely to see the biggest increases in knife crime.

Over £25 million to help vulnerable rough sleepers

More than £25 million of funding is to be allocated to over 100 areas across England to help fund 20 new rough sleeping centres.

Crowdfunding potential for public sector infrastructure finance

Investment-based crowdfunding can provide local authorities with a competitively-priced source of capital and increased levels of civic engagement.

Children’s services at breaking point, warn MPs

A new report has warned that constricted funding and increasing demand have left children’s services in England at breaking point.

Bold proposal to secure the future of social care

Damian Green proposes to secure the future of social care, urging the need for sufficient funding to plug the gap created by an ageing population.

£3 billion of outstanding council tax debt last year

Citizens Advice has found that ‘outdated and punitive’ council tax regulations are contributing to serious financial harm.

Funding for improving air quality on London streets

Five business groups across London will be offered funding for innovative projects to reduce traffic, ease congestion and improve air quality.

Food parcels soar 73 per cent in five years

The last year has been the busiest for food banks, with 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis last year.

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