Significant improvement in children’s services in Cumbria

Ofsted inspectors have reported that all services for children provided by Cumbria County Council have improved significantly.

Government is ‘shifting the burden’ of cuts to struggling families

The Labour party has accused the government of ‘attempting to shift the burden’ of local government cuts onto struggling families.

New legal protections from rogue parking firms

The government will support new legislation to protect drivers from unscrupulous private parking operators.

Wales to lower voting age in electoral reform plans

Under plans to modernise elections in Wales, those aged 16 and 17 could soon be able to cast their vote in council elections.

Rotherham children's services 'transformed' since abuse scandal

Ofsted has given Rotherham Council an overall ‘Good’ rating in its latest inspection, following on from its child sexual exploitation scandal.

New Metals Matter campaign for Cambridge

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council have launched a new metal recycling campaign.

Manchester plans refurb project for vacant properties

Manchester City Council has announced plans to undertake major refurbishment works to transform the Ben Street residential area.

Southwark Council commits to low-carbon investment

Southwark Council will cut its investments in fossil fuels by agreeing to move £150 million into the Blackrock Low Carbon Target Equity Fund.

£310 million to be spent on care in Staffordshire

Despite social care pressures, Staffordshire County Council has announced that a record £310 million will be spent on care this year.

Welsh councils should adopt better financial arrangements

The Auditor General for Wales has said that councils need to improve the governance and financial management arrangements they have in place.

Glasgow to end plastic straw use

Glasgow City Council is to stop using plastic straws in a bid to prevent tens of thousands of plastic straws a year going to landfill.

‘Concerning’ rise in pothole-caused breakdowns

The RAC has recorded an 11 per cent increase in breakdowns caused by poor quality roads in the last three months of 2017.

Joint inquiry launched on long-term social care funding

The Communities and Local Government and Health Committees have launched a joint inquiry on the long-term funding of adult social care.

Council considering selling new £53m headquarters

Northamptonshire County Council have proposed a plan to sell its new £53 million One Angel Square headquarters, which officially opened in October.

Rough sleeping rises for seventh year

Rough sleeping in England has increased for the seventh year in a row, despite the government investing £550 million to address the issue.