Close the health gap between rich and poor, charity urges

The government must recommit to closing the health gap between rich and poor and take action on ‘unacceptable’ health inequalities.

Liverpool favouring bus franchising transport system

Steve Rotheram has revealed that bus services could be franchised as part of a London-style public transport system for the city region.

£1m boost for green initiatives in Somerset

Somerset County Council has created a £1 million climate change fund, thought to be the biggest investment of its kind.

Service cuts prompting worries for health visitors

iHV has warned that public health budget cuts have left health visiting services unable to offer the minimum level of support in many areas.

Tenth of new homes built on land with high flood risk

Analysis shows that one in 10 of all new homes in England since 2013 have been built on land at the highest risk of flooding.

Over a million homes with planning permission not built

The LGA has warned that more than a million homes granted planning permission in the past decade have not yet been built.

£3 million for smart energy investment in Midlands

Three new projects will help to place the West Midlands as a global leader in the field of low-carbon energy, following government funding.

Londoners to wear sensors in air pollution test

Participants from around the capital will be wearing individual pollution monitors to track changing pollution in their environment.

New Manchester environmental campaign revealed

A new campaign is looking to inspire residents, businesses and policy makers to work together to put nature at the heart of Greater Manchester.

Package of support announced for storm-hit areas

Grants, council tax relief and business rate relief have been announced for people and businesses in areas affected by flooding.

New UK points-based immigration system

Priti Patel has launched a new points-based immigration system, in a bid to ‘move away’ from relying on ‘cheap labour’ from Europe.

Asylum policy change could benefit economy by £7m

New research has found that closing a loophole in the UK’s asylum policy could benefit the public purse by millions of pounds each year.

Public land sales creating minuscule amounts of affordable housing

An opportunity of a lifetime is slipping through our fingers, unless public land is used to provide genuinely affordable homes.

Scottish budget could devastate communities

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has warned that the Scottish Government’s Budget will hit vulnerable communities the hardest.

Scheme to provide free central heating in Birmingham

A scheme is now available to Birmingham residents to install central heating for free into fuel poor and vulnerable homes.

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