Further financial concern in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council has issued a second Section 114 notice due to the ongoing financial crisis facing the authority.

LEP shake up proposed by ministers

Ministers have put forward new proposals for LEPs to supercharge economic growth and drive forward investment in local businesses.

Record high for severe obesity in 10 to 11-year-olds

Public Health England has reported that levels of severe obesity in children aged 10 to 11 years have reached the highest point since records began

Plans to remove commissioners from Rotherham Council

James Brokenshire has announced that the government will end the intervention into Rotherham Council three years after calling in inspectors.

End of life care is not being prioritised

Local authorities have failed to prioritise palliative and end of life care, despite the health care challenges posed by a rapidly ageing population.

Public sector staff to receive pay rises

Having announced similar plans last year, Theresa May has revealed wage increases for about one million workers in the public sector.

£4.5 million for social prescribing schemes

£4.5 million announced for programmes to refer NHS patients to local community services such as walking clubs, gardening or arts activities.

LGiU sets out options for reforming local government finance

The LGiU has launched its Local Finance Scorecard to encourage a debate on local government finance and funding post 2020.

One in four admit to ‘carefully’ littering

A quarter of people admit to 'carefully' littering, as Keep Britain Tidy launches a new initiative to help local authorities tackle the issue.

Disconnect between the public and the political system highlighted

40 per cent of people have no trust at all in the House of Commons, emphasising the huge disconnect between the public and the political system.

Cabinet to meet in North East for first time

As the Prime Minister prepares to host her Cabinet meeting in Gateshead, progress will be made for the £600 million North of Tyne Devolution Deal.

Innovation funding boost for UK parks

£1.5 million of funding will see a number of parks become trailblazers for innovative new models of community engagement, management and usage.

£40 million for better flood protection

Thérèse Coffey has announced that 13 flood schemes across the country will benefit from £40 million of funding for improved flood defence schemes.

‘Winter of woe’ for drivers after road budget cuts

The AA has warned local authorities against hoping for a mild winter after finding a £3.7 million cut in gritting services among budget submissions.

Proposals for school children to learn first aid

School children in England are to be taught first aid in a bid to give young people ‘the tools they need to be ready to thrive when they leave school’.

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