One authority for Somerset could save £28m a year

David Fothergill, the leader of Somerset County Council, has launched an enquiry into changing the way local government is organised in the region.

UK must build flood resilient homes

A new report has urged the government to create homes and communities that are resilient to flood damage.

East Midlands councils to explore devolution deal

The county council leaders of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire have agreed to explore a devolution deal for the region.

90 per cent of councils cutting public health services

90 per cent of councils have cut spending on sexual health, alcohol misuse and weight management services.

New report details most polluted towns and cities

A new WHO report has revealed that 47 towns and cities across the UK have reached or have exceeded air pollution limits.

Welsh children’s services reaching ‘crisis point’

The Welsh Local Government Association has warned that children's services in Wales are nearly ‘at crisis point’.

£1.5 million funding for council cyber efforts

The Local Government Association has been awarded £1.5 million to help improve and enhance councils’ cyber security systems.

Leicestershire to roll-out Smart Libraries network

Leicestershire County Council has confirmed that up to 14 libraries in the region will be converted to ‘Smart Libraries’.

Brokenshire new Communites Secretary

Following Amber Rudd’s recent resignation, Theresa May has announced that Sajid Javid has been named as the new Home Secretary.

£8.5m fund to improve early language and literacy development

An £8.5 million programme has opened for local authorities to fund projects to improve early language and literacy development for disadvantaged children.

Government ‘overlooking the housing needs of older people’

The APPG on Housing and Care for Older People has reported that government policies are ‘overlooking the housing needs of older people’ in rural areas.

Councils not able to cap personal care budgets

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said that councils cannot set maximum budget levels when calculating the cost of people’s care.

10,000 potholes repaired in Hertfordshire this year

Hertfordshire County Council has repaired over 10,000 potholes so far this year as part of a winter recovery programme.

Student majority warning causing funding gap

A growing funding gap is developing in Nottingham, caused by the high proportion of students in Nottingham leaving the city council short of council tax.

Better communication needed for public services access

Public bodies need to do more to assist people who face language and communication barriers access the services they need.

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