Councils could spend £1.7bn over budget by March

Nine in 10 major local authorities in England do not have enough money to cover their spending plans this year.

June 2021 launch date for Birmingham CAZ

Birmingham's Clean Air Zone has been given an approved launch date of June 2021 by the government, following several delays.

Half of schools cannot offer on-site mental-health counselling

Only half of teachers say their school can offer pupils on-site mental health counselling in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

£24 million in green technologies for Leeds council homes

Leeds City Council has announced a transformational new programme to improve council housing and cut the city’s carbon footprint.

Government grants poor value for money

Councils received at least 448 individual government grants between 2015-19 in an increasingly ‘fragmented’ use of public funding.

Government must hand power down to level up, says LGiU

Power must be rebalanced around the needs of local places to achieve the government’s aim of levelling up, says news LGiU report.

Local approach needed to bring down infection rates

Four Core City UK leaders and mayors have written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock calling for a local approach to bring down infection rates.

Coronavirus enforcement boosted with £60m funding

Local councils will receive additional funding to step up their enforcement of coronavirus rules to help tackle a rise in infections.

Inquiry launched to scrutinise response to coronavirus

Two Select Committees have launched a joint inquiry into lessons to be learned from the response to the coronavirus pandemic so far.

Increased infection rates for areas with restrictions

19 out of 20 areas in England that have been have been under restrictions for two months have seen an increase in infection rates.

Edinburgh becomes first city to set end poverty date

The City of Edinburgh Council has set an ambitious target aiming to eradicate poverty in the Scottish capital by 2030.

Older people missing out on ‘talking therapies’

Independent Age has urged the need for more options and support for those experiencing mental health issues in later life.

Coronavirus hospital cases in England jump by a quarter

The number of people admitted to hospital with coronavirus on one day has jumped by nearly a quarter in England.

Major reform needed to meet UK broadband targets

The government’s pledge to deliver full fibre broadband to every home by 2025 is likely to be missed without radical changes to telecoms policy.

Planning reforms would have affected thousands of homes

Communities could have missed out on nearly 30,000 affordable homes in the past five years if proposed government planning reforms were in place.