More than half of councils plan to close children’s centres

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has revealed that over half of councils in England are planning to slash costs by closing children’s centres.

Five cities chosen to pioneer drone operations

Five ‘pioneering’ cities have been selected to design how drone technology could operate in complex city environments to address local needs.

New LED lights for Liverpool’s streets

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has revealed that a total of 15,000 street lights will be fitted with new LED lights over the next year.

We need more housing help for elderly, say MPs

The Communities and Local Government Committee has said that a national strategy for older people's housing is needed to bring together and improve current policy.

Local authorities should offer NHS Health Checks

Local authorities should ensure all local residents eligible for a free NHS Health Check get an invite to help lower the risk of Cardiovascular Disease.

Reduced increase to council tax in Manchester budget

Manchester City Council has lowered its original increase in council tax from 4.99 per cent to 3.49 per cent.

Lack of funding undermining care workforce

The NAO has warned that a lack of planning and funding has undermined the care sector to the extent that it can no longer fill key posts.

Council tax set to rise in 95 per cent of councils

Council tax is set to rise in 95 per cent of councils as a direct result of concerns for their financial stability.

Clean Air Zones failing to target biggest polluters

Greener Journeys has said that current guidance for councils on Clean Air Zones fails to promote a shift away from car use to cleaner modes of transport.

Liverpool Council takes back control of highways

Liverpool City Council has ended its contract with Amey and taken back control of looking after the city’s highways.

Norway bottle recycling system considered in UK

Reports have suggested that a Norwegian deposit-based system for recycling bottles is being heavily considered for adoption in the UK.

MPs warns of supported housing funding plans

Two Commons Select Committees have voiced concerns over the government’s funding plans for supported housing.

Compulsory mental health counselling for secondary schools

The LGA has said that every secondary school in the country should be given the funding to offer independent mental health counselling to all pupils.

£166m in local government finance settlement

An additional £166 million has been announced for councils to help relieve spending pressures in social care and rural areas in the final 2018/19 settlement.

Improvements for fostering system published

A review of foster care in England has been published, recommending greater stability and permanence for young people in foster care.

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