Michael Gove launches National Parks review

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched a new review into the UK’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Glasgow set for Scotland's first Low Emission Zone

Proposals to introduce Scotland's first Low Emission Zone in Glasgow city centre by the end of 2018 have moved a step closer.

Children on track to consume double recommended sugar intake

New PHE figures have revealed that children in England have already consumed more than a year’s worth of sugar since January.

City of York Council plans for libraries future

The City of York Council is to consider proposals for the future development of its libraries and archives amongst budget pressures.

£2.7 million broadband boost for Nottinghamshire

Rural Nottinghamshire is set to benefit from better broadband, after the council awarded a £2.7 million digital infrastructure contract to Openreach.

Better mental health support for children in care

Up to 10 pilots across the country will trial new high quality mental health assessments for children in care.

Greater Manchester’s air pollution crisis highlighted

A new report says dangerous levels of air pollution are devastatingly impacting on the health of people living in Greater Manchester.

Homeless children being inappropriately housed

New research has revealed a disturbing picture of the impact that being housed illegally in unsuitable B&Bs is having on their lives.

Further £1.3m boost for cycle improvements in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council has successfully bid for £1.3 million of funding to implement new safety measures to benefit cyclists and pedestrians.

Tree Champion announced to expand woodland areas

Michael Gove has announced the UK’s new Tree Champion to drive forward planting rates and prevent the unnecessary felling of street trees.

Report confirms crisis in children’s social care

The Care Crisis Review has claimed that the children’s care sector is overstretched and overwhelmed.

133,000 business rates appeals remain unresolved from 2010

The LGA has revealed over 133,000 businesses are still waiting for an appeal of their business rates valuation from 2010 to be resolved.

Public support increase in social care spending

New polling for the NHS Confederation finds that over 80 per cent of the public support a 3.9 per cent increase in social care spending.

Councils spend £100m on safety work following Grenfell

London councils have spent nearly £100 million on building safety measures since the Grenfell Tower fire 12 months ago.

Stark variation in regional adoption rates

New research shows that the chances of being placed for adoption by the age of five varies starkly by local authority.

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