Council tax support grant extension needed, says LGA

Families on low incomes face paying more council tax without an extension to one-off government funding for local council tax support schemes.

Funding for almost 10 million pothole repairs lost this year

Over 9.5 million potholes could be repaired or prevented by councils with the funding lost from local road maintenance budgets this year.

Public transport links in the north affecting jobs

Onward has analysed how many jobs are reachable by public transport in small local areas, finding a shocking transport gap between north and south.

Adult social care contributes £50.3bn to economy

Skills for Care has found that the growing adult social care sector and its skilled workforce contributes £50.3 billion to the English economy.

Council tax cannot tackle funding shortfall on its own

Councils have argued that council tax cannot be the sole answer to filling a multi-billion shortfall over the next three years.

Longlist revealed for UK City of Culture 2025

Eight areas longlisted for UK City of Culture 2025 have been unveiled by new Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, following a record 20 bids for the title.

Manchester considers radical renewable energy options

Manchester City Council could buy its own solar farm to help the authority halve its direct carbon emissions by 2025.

New parents need a dedicated recovery strategy

The Petitions Committee has called on the government to publish a dedicated coronavirus recovery strategy for new parents.

Islington to help residents invest in a greener borough

Islington Council is set to launch London’s first Community Municipal Investment to help provide local people invest in a cleaner, greener, healthier borough.

Fund to end cycle of homelessness and hospital readmissions

People experiencing homelessnessare to be supported through pilot projects to provide temporary accommodation, care and support.

New jobs programme for 16-18 year olds in Wales

A new flexible programme focused on helping young people aged 16-18 take their first steps into work is being launched by the Welsh Government.

Council tax bills could rise by £220, warns IFS

Council tax increases of 3.6 per cent per year will be needed for the next three years just to ensure councils can provide the same services in 2024–25.

Draft guideline to help reduce homeless health inequalities

NICE has produced a new draft guideline to increase the access people experiencing homelessness have to health and social care services.

One-in-ten adults living with diabetes by 2030

Diabetes UK has predicted that, without significant government action, up to 5.5 million people in the UK could be living with diabetes by 2030.

Help needed to tackle rise in youth mental health issues

Early support hubs which allow young people to access mental health support without referrals should be made available nationwide, says LGA.

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Event Diary

London Build is set for a huge return to Olympia London’s Grand Hall for our live Expo on the 17th & 18th November. This is going to be one major celebration as we open our doors to the UK's biggest festival of construction!

The Security Event is set to be the first major exhibition to take place in the sector when it opens its doors on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham and for the first time it will also encompass the National Cyber Security Show.

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