Manchester to see 27 new eco-friendly bin lorries

Manchester City Council has announced that it is to replace almost half of its refuse collection vehicles with emission-free electric alternatives.

Busiest month ever for UK food banks

There has been an 89 per cent increase in need for emergency food parcels during April 2020 compared to the same month last year.

Downsizing crucial to tackling skewed housing market

The key to unlocking the housing crisis lies in tackling the under-occupation of family homes where there are more than 15 million ‘surplus’ bedrooms.

Housing company to build 500 affordable homes per year

Manchester City Council’s new authority-owned housing development company is seeking to build 500 affordable homes per year.

IPPR North calls for £100bn northern nature investment

The IPPR North thinktank has called for long-term funding for nature in the North, led by the regions local leaders.

Childcare sector in England at risk of collapse

The Early Years Alliance has warned that the future of the early years and childcare sector is at risk in England.

£5 million for mental health community projects

Community projects supporting people with their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic will benefit from their share of £5 million.

Councils unable to help families in crisis because of cuts

Sustained cuts to local emergency support schemes are leaving families with nowhere to turn in a financial crisis.

Solar farm plans submitted by Leicestershire CC

Major plans to develop a solar farm and a carbon neutral site have been lodged by Leicestershire County Council.

Local services need coronavirus funding certainty

Councils need further clarity about when they will receive more government funding to help communities through this crisis and beyond.

Vital infrastructure must be ready for the future

The National Infrastructure Commission has stressed that proactive steps are needed to ensure the UK’s infrastructure can remain resilient.

£20m fund to transform homelessness services in Wales

£20 million has been made available to help ensure that no-one in emergency shelter in Wales during the coronavirus crisis has to return to the streets.

Use West Midlands as test bed for early reopening of tourism

The government has been urged to allow the West Midlands to become a national test bed for an early reopening of the tourism, hospitality and cultural sector.

Faith in community hits all time high

The New Local Government Network has found that local cohesion and trust has never been higher, despite economic confidence at its lowest levels.

Future of early years providers uncertain, says LGA

Additional funding is needed to support all early years providers if enough childcare places are to be available for families who need them.