Southwark Council commits to low-carbon investment

Southwark Council will cut its investments in fossil fuels by agreeing to move £150 million into the Blackrock Low Carbon Target Equity Fund.

£310 million to be spent on care in Staffordshire

Despite social care pressures, Staffordshire County Council has announced that a record £310 million will be spent on care this year.

Welsh councils should adopt better financial arrangements

The Auditor General for Wales has said that councils need to improve the governance and financial management arrangements they have in place.

‘Concerning’ rise in pothole-caused breakdowns

The RAC has recorded an 11 per cent increase in breakdowns caused by poor quality roads in the last three months of 2017.

Council considering selling new £53m headquarters

Northamptonshire County Council have proposed a plan to sell its new £53 million One Angel Square headquarters, which officially opened in October.

One per cent in council tax will not stop pressure

The CCN has warned that new freedoms to raise council tax will only raise one tenth of the amount being cut from county council budgets.

52 times more funding for national than local roads

The government plans to spend £1.1 million per mile to maintain its strategic road network in the next few years, but only £21,000 per mile for the local roads.

New homes at affordable prices in Hackney

Hackney Council has announced plans to build modern new homes at a genuinely affordable living rent, saving renters £10,000 a year.

Capital prosperity dependent upon collaboration

London, the South East and the East of England urgently need greater collaboration to respond to their current challenges.

More than half of children growing up in poverty

New figures have shown that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty.

Hampshire extends Meals on Wheels to younger adults

Hampshire County Council has agreed for investment of up to £16.4 million in a new Meals on Wheels contract to support younger adults.

Liverpool City Council eyes £6.5m for struggling families

Liverpool City Council could get early access to £6.5 million from the government’s Troubled Families initiative to support struggling families.

Burnham proposes extra police for Manchester

Andy Burnham has announced budget proposals for Manchester’s essential services, including extra police numbers and congestion investment.

Elderly malnutrition set to cost care sector £15 million

The APPG on hunger has urged the government to tackle malnutrition in the elderly to save the NHS and social care over £15 billion a year.

Government should move away from PFI and outsourcing

The Smith Institute think tank has urged the government to pause all public service outsourcing and PFI deals.

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