OLEV calls on councils to bid for ORCS funding

The Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) has announced a new £2.5 million fund for an on-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, which is open for councils to bid on.

Pembrokeshire Council has backed St Davids - the smallest city in the UK, plan to become the 2021 City of Culture.

 Councils pay out £35m in unfit housing legal fees

Information collated via a BBC Freedom of Information (FoI) request has found that councils in England have paid out over £35 million in compensation fees to tenants living in unfit council homes, over the past five years.

Pensioners incomes exceeds working families

Research has revealed that pensioners in the UK are now an average of £20 a week better off than working households.

Right to Buy faces suspension in Cardiff

The City of Cardiff Council is considering suspending Right to Buy for five years in an effort to protect the city’s social housing stock.

Recycling opportunities wasted by councils

Analysis by Sky News has revealed that fewer than 10 per cent of councils make recycling compulsory for their residents.

‘Profound culture change’ needed in UK prisons

A new report argues that prisons in England and Wales need a ‘profound culture change’ so that inmate safety is prioritised further.

MPs highlight threat of public park decline

A report has highlighted a period of decline facing public parks and encourages councils to publish strategic plans to address the problem.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that the government will return more powers to Rotherham council, bringing the majority of services back under the authority’s control.

A number of council leaders have called on the government to maintain its commitment to vulnerable child refugees, after the Home Office cited local authority funding as part of the decision to scrap the scheme.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to remove the barriers currently refraining councils from helping underperforming schools, including taking on the running of failing academies.

Research conducted by the Institute of Customer Service has indicated that overall customer satisfaction in the local public services sector has increased throughout 2016.

Edinburgh City Council has announced it will be raising its tax bills by three per cent, to accommodate for spending plans, including a £12 million refurbishment of North Bridge, £7.8 million to address the costs from rising school rolls and an extra £2.5 million to spend on roads and pavements.

A report on Bristol City Council’s finances, conducted Steve Bundred, the former chief executive of the Audit Commission, has concluded that its £29 million deficit was a result of a ‘collective fairly of leadership’.

Greener Journey’s Any Journey is Greener By Bus has found that areas which have introduced cleaner vehicle technology and innovations have resisted the falling trend of passengers.

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