Birmingham improvement panel praises progress

The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel has reported on Birmingham City Council’s improvement progress since February 2017.

Highest number of young people in poverty for a decade

A new report has found that more vulnerable young people are living in poverty than at any time in the previous 10 years.

£15 million for northern culture and tech projects

A new £15 million fund has been made available for towns and cities across Northern England to support major culture and tech capital projects.

Newcastle City Council rolls out full fibre broadband

Newcastle City Council has announced the decision to rollout full fibre gigabit broadband across 25 of its social housing developments.

Oxford sets out cycling statement of intent

Oxford City Council is set to install new signs on all 11 roads leading into the city centre, proclaiming Oxford as a cycling city.

Tobacco Control Plan to encourage smoke-free future

The government has set out an ambitious plan to create a generation of non-smokers in the next few decades.

Congestion blighting air quality in regional cities

The government needs to introduce incentives for purchasing electric cars to address the air quality crisis in the UK’s regional cities.

Refuse worker to extend strike to September

The Unite union has announced that Birmingham City Council’s refuse workers will further their industrial action through August until 1 September.

Housing Advisers Programme launched by LGA

The Local Government Association (LGA) has unveiled a new scheme to assist councils in tackling local housing challenges.

Green Flag Award winners announced

To mark Love Parks Week, green charity Keep Britain Tidy have announced the latest winners of the Green Flag Awards.

Burnham outlines plans for Manchester digital city

Andy Burnham has expressed his intention to use the power of technology to establish Manchester as the UK’s number one digital city.

Rented accommodation scheme launched in West of England

A scheme aimed at helping tenants find good quality rented accommodation has been launched across the West of England.

Further cladding and insulation tests recommended

The government’s independent expert panel on safety has recommended further testing to be conducted to ensure the safety of their buildings.

12 million to be caught in skills gap by 2024

New research for the LGA estimates that 12 million people will be without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2024.

Councils seriously unprepared for GDPR

New research has indicated that the majority of UK councils have not allocated budget towards meeting the requirements of the GDPR.

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