Extra dependency support announce for rough sleepers

Kelly Tolhurst has announced that rough sleepers across England will receive extra support to help them recover from drug and alcohol misuse.

67 local authorities to begin enhanced testing programmes

The first 67 local authorities to start community testing programmes have been confirmed as part of government’s coronavirus Winter Plan.

Climate-related incidents affecting majority of councils

Eight in ten councils surveyed by the Local Government Association have been affected by a climate-related incident in the last five years.

No planning permission for more than a million earmarked homes

More than a million homes on land earmarked for development by councils are yet to be brought forward by developers for planning permission.

Test and Trace plan to support return to normal

The NHS Test and Trace business plan sets out a strategy to increase the speed and reach of testing and tracing, working with local partnerships.

Councils urged to scrutinise services for children in care

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is urging councils to scrutinise services for children in care.

Plaid Cymru pledges Welsh independence vote

Adam Price has promised that Plaid Cymru will offer a referendum if it formed a government and got a Senedd majority to back it.

Pandemic prompts rapid shift to digital consultation methods

The rapid shift to online platforms has led to the majority of consultation professionals changing the way they engage with local communities.

Don’t overlook county areas in bus strategy, says CCN

County council leaders have urged the government to not overlook counties in its forthcoming bus investment strategy.

Support local councils or miss your own climate targets

The UK will fail to meet its 2050 target for net zero climate emissions without the full participation of, and support for, local authorities.

Regional leaders commit to Net Zero earlier than Whitehall

Regional leaders are pledging to eliminate carbon emissions in their communities at least five years earlier than Whitehall.

Harness the benefits of community business, councils urged

The NALC has launched a new guide to community business to promote the opportunities that community businesses can create locally.

Urgent action needed to prevent air pollution rising

With toxic air set to rise significantly, Centre for Cities is urging councils to press ahead with their stalled pollution reduction plans.

Decisive decade of progress on climate change needed

The Climate Change Committee has warned that the 2020s must be the decisive decade of progress and action on climate change.

Government must improve housing for older people

A new survey shows that nearly 90 per cent of people think that the government should widen housing options for older people.