Stoke’s housing repairs company is officially launched

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has launched a housing repairs and maintenance company to improve services for tenants and raise housing standards.

UK drivers spending 31 hours in rush-hour congestion

According to traffic data firm Inrix, UK drivers spent an average of 31 hours in rush-hour congestion last year, costing each motorist £1,168.

Essex councils agree to work together

Seven councils in Essex have agreed to work together on strategic issues such as infrastructure, planning and growth.

No plans for future care for disabled adults

Two thirds of local authorities are unaware of how many disabled adults in their area are currently being cared for by family and friends at home.

£15m to help buy homes for homeless Londoners

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will invest £15 million in a new scheme to purchase hundreds of homes for Londoners who have been homeless.

Government backing for new generation of town houses

Sajid Javid has confirmed government backing to create a new generation of town houses in cities to ease pressure on valuable open spaces.

Spending controls in place in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council has imposed immediate spending controls on the authority, banning practically all spending.

Nottingham to pursue high rise sprinklers

Nottingham City Council will go ahead with the installation of sprinklers in residential high rise blocks in the city, despite a lack of government support.

Newcastle outlines ‘No Time to Waste’ plan

Newcastle City Council has published a new report setting out how Newcastle could become a world leader in waste reduction.

Government must make young people safer online

The NSPCC has criticised the government for failing to implement half of its recommendations to make young people safer online.

Online information for council parking services weak

Council parking services should improve their provision of online information and services, offering a particularly poor service for drivers with disabilities.

Right to Buy discounts causing housing ‘firesafe’

New LGA analysis has revealed that nearly £3.5 billion in Right to Buy discounts have been handed out to council tenants over the past six years.

New panel to help eradicate rough sleeping

Experts from homelessness charities and local government have met for the first time as part of the government’s new rough sleeping advisory panel.

£1m paid to parents in lieu of the tax-free childcare

Because of glitches on the Revenue & Customs website, HMRC has paid almost £1 million to parents in lieu of the tax-free childcare.

£866 million investment for local housing projects

The government has confirmed a £866 million investment in local housing projects that will help build up to 200,000 new homes.

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