One per cent in council tax will not stop pressure

The CCN has warned that new freedoms to raise council tax will only raise one tenth of the amount being cut from county council budgets.

52 times more funding for national than local roads

The government plans to spend £1.1 million per mile to maintain its strategic road network in the next few years, but only £21,000 per mile for the local roads.

Free water refill points by 2021

Shops, cafes and businesses will offer free water refill points in every major city and town by 2021 in a bid to cut disposable plastic bottle use.

£42 million boost for home adaptations

£42 million will be spent on enabling more elderly and disabled residents to make adaptations to their homes so they can live independently.

Four-weekly black bin collection for Conwy Council

Following a successful trial, Conwy County Borough Council has taken the decision to phase in four-weekly black bin collections across the region.

New homes at affordable prices in Hackney

Hackney Council has announced plans to build modern new homes at a genuinely affordable living rent, saving renters £10,000 a year.

Capital prosperity dependent upon collaboration

London, the South East and the East of England urgently need greater collaboration to respond to their current challenges.

More than half of children growing up in poverty

New figures have shown that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty.

Hampshire extends Meals on Wheels to younger adults

Hampshire County Council has agreed for investment of up to £16.4 million in a new Meals on Wheels contract to support younger adults.

Liverpool City Council eyes £6.5m for struggling families

Liverpool City Council could get early access to £6.5 million from the government’s Troubled Families initiative to support struggling families.

Burnham proposes extra police for Manchester

Andy Burnham has announced budget proposals for Manchester’s essential services, including extra police numbers and congestion investment.

Shelter launches new social housing commission

Homelessness charity Shelter is to launch a new commission scrutinising social housing in Britain in the wake of June’s Grenfell Tower fire.

Elderly malnutrition set to cost care sector £15 million

The APPG on hunger has urged the government to tackle malnutrition in the elderly to save the NHS and social care over £15 billion a year.

Government should move away from PFI and outsourcing

The Smith Institute think tank has urged the government to pause all public service outsourcing and PFI deals.

Regions propose a ‘Western Powerhouse’

A ‘Western Powerhouse’ can boost job prospects across the whole region and rival the Northern Powerhouse, the Welsh Secretary has said.

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