Councils urged to scrutinise services for children in care

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is urging councils to scrutinise services for children in care.

Plaid Cymru pledges Welsh independence vote

Adam Price has promised that Plaid Cymru will offer a referendum if it formed a government and got a Senedd majority to back it.

Pandemic prompts rapid shift to digital consultation methods

The rapid shift to online platforms has led to the majority of consultation professionals changing the way they engage with local communities.

Don’t overlook county areas in bus strategy, says CCN

County council leaders have urged the government to not overlook counties in its forthcoming bus investment strategy.

Support local councils or miss your own climate targets

The UK will fail to meet its 2050 target for net zero climate emissions without the full participation of, and support for, local authorities.

Regional leaders commit to Net Zero earlier than Whitehall

Regional leaders are pledging to eliminate carbon emissions in their communities at least five years earlier than Whitehall.

Harness the benefits of community business, councils urged

The NALC has launched a new guide to community business to promote the opportunities that community businesses can create locally.

Urgent action needed to prevent air pollution rising

With toxic air set to rise significantly, Centre for Cities is urging councils to press ahead with their stalled pollution reduction plans.

Decisive decade of progress on climate change needed

The Climate Change Committee has warned that the 2020s must be the decisive decade of progress and action on climate change.

Government must improve housing for older people

A new survey shows that nearly 90 per cent of people think that the government should widen housing options for older people.

200,000 discounted Starter Homes promise abandoned

The MHCLG never put in place the necessary laws to make their affordable homes initiative a reality, says PAC.

Tracing positive cases less successful in more deprived areas

A smaller proportion of positive coronavirus cases and their contacts are traced in more deprived areas than in less deprived areas. 

A million people regularly struggling to pay for food

More than a million of the UK’s poorest people are regularly struggling to pay for food and are in 'severe financial trouble'.

Public health cuts worse in north than south

The poorest parts of England have seen the biggest cuts to councils' public health budgets, a new study from the IPPR North suggests.

Testing for care home visitors in Scotland underway

Coronavirus testing for designated visitors of care home residents will start this week with a trial across five Scottish local authority areas.