Calls for PSPO to be scrapped following rise in fines

Almost 10,000 fines for breaches of ‘petty’ council orders were issued in 2018, leading to calls for the PSPOs to be scrapped.

MPs to debate reforming ‘divisive’ electoral system

MPs will debate the case for reforming the Commons’ ‘divisive, broken electoral system’.

Local elections ‘cancelled’ across England

Large parts of England are effectively ‘democracy deserts’, with hundreds of thousands of potential voters denied real choice in this May’s elections.

New protections for valued green spaces in Bristol

Under new proposals set out in the council’s draft Local Plan, vital green spaces across Bristol would be protected from future development.

Youth services cut by 70 per cent since 2010

Analysis of spending by English local authorities on services for young people has revealed a real-terms cut of £880 million since 2010.

National review of event security urged by Burnham

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has called on the government to initiate a national review of event security.

Provision for school special needs cut by over £1bn

Special needs provision in England has lost out on £1.2 billion because of shortfalls in funding increases from central government since 2015.

End to unfair evictions revealed by government

The government has announced that private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice without good reason.

Funding to enhance school facilities for community use

A £15 million fund will be available to local authorities and schools in Wales to fund projects that cater for the local community.

Free parking permit for Isle of Wight EVs

The Isle of Wight Council is offering a free year-long parking permit for owners of new, zero-emission electric vehicles.

Thousands of children taught in illegal schools

Ofsted has revealed the scale of the problem of unregistered schools in England, uncovering more than 500 suspected illegal schools.

Automatic voter registration mooted by Labour

The Labour Party is considering adopting automatic voter registration as a new policy, to increase overall registration and turnout.

Robust scrutiny of financial management needed in Scotland

Systems to prevent public money being lost to mistakes and fraud in Scotland's councils may be becoming strained.

300 local authorities bid for high streets fundings

More than 300 local authorities have bid for a share of the £675 million Future High Streets Fund to transform their local high streets.

Council tax debt recovery improvements pledged

Vulnerable people who fall behind with council tax payments will have greater protection from aggressive debt enforcement.

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