Strategic Transport Plan to transform North’s economy

Transport for the North has released its Strategic Transport Plan to transform the North’s economy through investment in transport infrastructure.

Government will cover costs of fire safety work

The Guardian is reporting that councils will be fully reimbursed for any building work carried out on tower blocks.

Hull launches community flood warning scheme

As part of the ten year anniversary of the 2007 floods, Hull City Council has created a new voluntary scheme for community flood wardens.

Residential care system ‘failing’ the elderly

Care workers are compromising the dignity and well-being of the people they look after, a new survey has found.

‘Don’t kick social care reform into the long grass’

Following the recent General Election, county leaders are urging the government to avoid ‘kicking social care reform into the long grass’.

Birmingham launches consultation on early years services

Birmingham City Council has launched a consultation on a new system for providing early years services for children and families in the city.

Quarter of foster children placed out of council area

New figures have revealed that more than a quarter of children in care in Wales were placed in new homes outside of their county.

Small business confidence dropping

The latest Small Business Index, conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has shown a drop in confidence among small firms.

Surrey health and care organisations sign devolution pledge

Health and care organisations in Surrey have signed an agreement to integrate health and social care in the region.

Essex Highways installs Britain’s first ‘smart’ streetlights

Essex County Council has launched a trial of ‘smart’ streetlights, that offer the potential to monitor pollution and create Wi-Fi hotspots.

City of Edinburgh Council to be run by coalition

The SNP and Labour have formed a new coalition to run the City of Edinburgh Council, pledging to deliver improved services.

Tory ministers aware of care plan just before manifesto launch

Plans for the so-called ‘dementia tax’ were only shown to Hunt and Javid hours before the Conservative manifesto launch.

Emergency funding available for Grenfell Tower incident

The Bellwin scheme will be activated to support the immediate response operation following the horrific incident at Grenfell Tower in London.

Emerging concerns over care home fees and funding

Families are being charged by care homes for extended periods after a resident has died, as well as large upfront fees, a market study reveals.

Air quality plans shifting burden on local authorities

The CIEH has accused the government’s air quality plans of ‘unfairly shifting’ the burden to solve the problem to local authorities.

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