Councils could spend £1.7bn over budget by March

Nine in 10 major local authorities in England do not have enough money to cover their spending plans this year.

£24 million in green technologies for Leeds council homes

Leeds City Council has announced a transformational new programme to improve council housing and cut the city’s carbon footprint.

Government grants poor value for money

Councils received at least 448 individual government grants between 2015-19 in an increasingly ‘fragmented’ use of public funding.

Government must hand power down to level up, says LGiU

Power must be rebalanced around the needs of local places to achieve the government’s aim of levelling up, says news LGiU report.

Coronavirus enforcement boosted with £60m funding

Local councils will receive additional funding to step up their enforcement of coronavirus rules to help tackle a rise in infections.

Extra support for councils to expand children’s services

Extra support will be given to councils to help them to ensure domestic abuse victims and their families get the vital help they need.

‘Red wall’ areas set to take the brunt of welfare cuts

Six million households face losing £1,000 in benefits next year unless Chancellor Rishi Sunak U-turns on Universal Credit.

Community ownership key to survival of high streets

Local community access and ownership of key buildings on the UK’s high streets is likely to be pivotal to their future survival.

5G rollout delays could hinder ‘levelling up’ agenda

The Centre for Policy Studies has warned that delays to the rollout of 5G could cost the country tens of billions of pounds in lost economic output.

Funding gap of more than £5 billion by 2024

The Local Government Association is calling for an additional £10.1 billion per year in core funding for councils in England by 2023/24.

Public wants an economy that prioritises care

The Women’s Budget Group has revealed overwhelming public support for more priority to be given to investment in care services.

Government to offer further education courses

Adults in England without an A-level or equivalent qualification will be offered a fully funded college course.

Lack of strategy proving a barrier to levelling up

A report has warned that official public spending rules are not a barrier to levelling up the country, but a lack of direction from government is.

Empower councils to tackle short-term lets

Oxford City Council has called on the government to follow Scotland’s lead and empower local authorities to crack down on short-term lets.

Funding to get more children cycling and walking to school

The government has announced a new million-pound programme to get more students physically active in time for Bike to School Week.

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