Over 130,000 children will be homeless at Christmas

Housing charity Shelter has claimed that more than 130,000 children across Great Britain will spend Christmas in temporary accommodation.

Cuts in public spending disproportionately affecting north

The IPPR North thinktank has argued that the north of England is continuing to see bigger cuts in public spending.

Communities receive £1 million for pocket parks

Rishi Sunak has announced that community groups can now bid for funds to establish a new pocket park or refurbishing an existing park in their area.

Local elections offering disabled candidates grant scheme

£250,000 will help people with disabilities run for elected office in next year’s council elections.

£12m bid to boost ultrafast broadband across North of Tyne

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is seeking £12 million from the government to increase ultrafast broadband rollout.

MPs say more evidence needed for energy drink ban

MPs have claimed that quantitative evidence alone is not sufficient to warrant a statutory ban on energy drinks sales to children.

Don’t ‘throw out the rule book’ amid budget pressures

Local authorities have been challenged not to ‘throw out the rule book’ when redesigning services in the face of budget and resource pressures.

Cash injection needed to avoid ‘catastrophic collapse’

Council leaders have demanded that a forthcoming cut in funding of £1.3 billion is cancelled to stop an impending ‘catastrophic collapse’.

Councils advised to set up ‘food resilience teams’

Food policy experts have written to every UK council advising them to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to prepare for different Brexit scenarios.

Immediate action needed to tackle sugar consumption

There were over 45,000 hospital operations to remove teeth in teenagers and children last year.

Government takes over children's services in Northampton

The government has taken over Northamptonshire County Council’s children's services department.

Blue badge thefts up sixfold in five years

Councils have warned that the theft of Blue Badges used by disabled motorists in England has risen by 45 per cent in the past 12 months.

Combustible materials banned on high-rise homes

The government is banning combustible materials on new high-rise homes and supporting to councils to carry out emergency remediation work.

Number of new homes continues to rise

Homes England says the number of homes being built in England has continued to rise in the first half of this financial year.

Substantial increase in affordable homes in West Midlands

The West Midlands saw a 33 per cent increase in affordable homes completed during the last year, which is three times the national average.

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