Driscoll named first North of Tyne mayor

Voters from Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside chose Labour's Jamie Driscoll as the first ever mayor for the North of Tyne.

New measures to protect integrity of UK elections

Protecting the integrity of UK elections is the focus of a package of new measures which will crack down on intimidation, influence and disinformation.

Council cuts contributing to rising knife crime

Communities with the biggest council spending cuts to youth services are likely to see the biggest increases in knife crime.

Carbon emission reduction achieved in Oxford

Oxford City Council has unveiled new data that shows carbon emissions in the city have fallen by 24 per cent over the last three years.

Healthy Homes Act needed to tackle poor-quality housing

The TCPA is calling for a new, ground-breaking piece of legislation to transform the quality of new homes in England.

Schools could become community hubs over summer

The government is reportedly considering forcing schools to open over the summer holidays so that they can be used for activities.

Over £25 million to help vulnerable rough sleepers

More than £25 million of funding is to be allocated to over 100 areas across England to help fund 20 new rough sleeping centres.

Education sector to have say on special needs funding

Damian Hinds is asking local authorities, schools and colleges how the funding system for pupils with special needs and disabilities could improve.

Brexit backlash hits Tories and Labour in polls

Both the Conservatives and Labour parties have experienced a nationwide backlash at the ballot box over Brexit.

2020 land target unlikely to be met

The government is unlikely to meet by 2020 its target to release sufficient public sector land to build 160,000 homes.

‘Councils behind the times’ in female representation

A lack of women candidates in local elections is leaving councils ‘behind the times’ as only 34 per cent of the people running today are women.

New campaign for streets designed for all ages

Councils have been urged to remember pavement potholes when repairing their roads to enable the most vulnerable to feel safer using their streets.

Crowdfunding potential for public sector infrastructure finance

Investment-based crowdfunding can provide local authorities with a competitively-priced source of capital and increased levels of civic engagement.

Class privilege entrenched as social mobility stagnates

The government needs to take urgent action to help close the privilege gap as ‘inequality is now entrenched in Britain from birth to work’.

Voter ID pilots deemed ‘a total waste of money’

The Electoral Reform Society has warned that the government’s mandatory voter ID plans could ‘undermine the right to vote’.

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