Improvements recognised in Brighton’s children’s services

Both Ofsted and the government have sent Brighton & Hove City Council congratulations for improvements to its children’s social care services.

Quarter of 14-year-old girls admit to 'self-harming’

A new report examining the state of children's wellbeing in the UK has found that nearly a quarter of girls in the UK have self-harmed.

Legal powers in use to seek Brexit clarity in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is to use of new legal powers to force the government to reveal the truth about the impact of Brexit on the region.

England left behind in social care funding race

England is being ‘left behind’ by a number of developed countries when it comes to funding care for older people.

Local authorities urged to bid for £95m broadband funding

Local authorities are urged to bid for a share of the £95 million being made available to help rollout full fibre connectivity across the UK.

Homeless summer holidays for 123,000 children

The numbers of homeless children that councils are housing in temporary accommodation has increased by 76 per cent in the last seven years.

Half of government digital spend going to SMEs

Oliver Dowden has announced that SMEs are accessing almost half of public sector spend on digital, data and technology services.

Sustainable travel being held back by lack of funding

A lack of revenue funding and uncertainty over current levels of funding are the main barriers to councils investing in sustainable travel.

Government not doing enough to tackle pothole problems

An IAM RoadSmart survey has found that its members are increasingly disillusioned with the state of the roads in the UK.

Half of councils using unsupported server software

A worrying number of councils are leaving themselves open to security vulnerabilities and expensive extended support costs.

Councils overspend on children’s care services by £800m

Councils in England overspent by £816 million on protecting vulnerable children in the last financial year.

Social care saves NHS £60 million in last year

Adult social care has saved the NHS almost £60 million through reducing pressures in the last year.

Two-speed England warning for infrastructure

The government must improve UK infrastructure and avoid the risk of regions being left behind whilst others pull ahead in a two-speed England.

Councils spending £4.5 million on cars for mayors

Local authorities have spent £4,513,607 on cars for mayors, lord mayors, lord provosts and and their equivalents since 2015.

Improved public finances should resource local government

ONS reports says that the government logged a £2 billion surplus last month, leading to calls for money to be given to councils.

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