£12 billion boost announced for affordable homes

Robert Jenrick has launched new investment in housing to help the country build back better, including homes for social rent.

COSLA publishes new blueprint for Scottish councils

COSLA has launched a new Blueprint for Scottish Local Government, which will build around an ambitious vision for Scotland’s future.

Social care spending still £600m lower than in 2010

New analysis by the TUC has found that annual adult social care spending in England is still £600 million lower than a decade ago.

2035 too soon to switch to EVs, says car buyers

Nearly half of motorists are still not ready for a 2035 switch to EVs, with higher purchase prices and charging concerns holding buyers back.

Financial crisis leaving vulnerable children at risk

Vulnerable children are facing a dangerous reduction in support as councils cut services to fill the financial black hole left by coronavirus.

Many childcare providers facing big financial problems

The loss of income from parent-paid fees since March will mean that many childcare providers face a tough time keeping their doors open.

Campaigners say hundreds of libraries could close

Hundreds of libraries across the UK could be closed amid the economic devastation wrought by coronavirus.

Free electric vehicle loans for Bristol businesses

Businesses in Bristol are set to enjoy free electric vehicle loans thanks to a £3 million grant secured by Bristol City Council.

Government’s £2bn Kickstart scheme opens

A new scheme to help young people into work has been launched in the hope of creating high-quality, government-subsidised jobs across the UK.

Merging councils risks ‘alienating’ communities, says DCN

The District Councils Network is urging ministers not to implement proposals to scrap 213 smaller councils and replace them with 25 larger bodies.

Pension-style solution is best fix for social care crisis

A new report by the Centre for Policy Studies has found that a pension-style model would be most cost-effective solution for social care reform.

Single unitary councils could deliver £3bn over five years

Single unitary councils could deliver £3 billion worth of savings over five years and ‘maximise’ the benefits of economic growth and housing policy.

Coronavirus homeless action must be continued

The leaders of Greater Manchester and West Midlands have called for guaranteed accommodation for every homeless person.

Pandemic leaving hard up families worse off

The coronavirus pandemic has left low-income families struggling with a significant deterioration in living standards and high stress levels.

Funding to help people return home from hospital

People needing additional follow-on care after being discharged from hospital will now be supported by a £588 million fund.

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