Local gov reshuffle vision outlined for Leicestershire

A detailed 100-page blueprint setting out the benefits of re-shaping local government in Leicestershire has been published.

Staffing pressures creating mental health ‘perfect storm’

Increasing pressures on access and staffing risk creating ‘perfect storm’ for people using mental health and learning disability services.

New fund to help organisations tackle loneliness

A new £2 million fund is being launched to help organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness across the country.

Councils cut school uniform grant by 70 per cent

Financial aid for uniforms has fallen by more than 70 per cent since 2010, with 80 per cent of local councils now offering no assistance.

Twice as many waiting to be adopted as ready to adopt

More than twice as many children are waiting to be adopted as there are families willing to adopt.

Costs rise over general election date uncertainty

Smaller venues will have to be found for any general election this year, as uncertainty over the possible date is hiking up costs for organisers.

Queen delivers priorities for government in Queens Speech

The Queen has outlined the legislative plans for year ahead, declaring her Queens Speech from the throne of House of Lords.

London’s funding ‘raw deal’ undermining homelessness push

The Homelessness Reduction Act has substantially increased the number of people seeking help from London Boroughs.

Spending on B&Bs for homeless rockets

Councils are having to spend nearly 10 times on placing homeless households in bed and breakfasts because of a shortage of homes.

Javid sets Budget 2019 date

The Chancellor has announced he is planning to hold a Budget on Wednesday 6 November 2019, as the ‘first Budget after leaving the EU’.

Labour pledges to back coastal communities

A Labour government will address the ‘grotesque inequality and poverty’ that is blighting coastal communities as a result of Tory cuts.

Half a million bed days saved by social care services

The LGA has claimed that vital adult social care services have helped save more than half a million bed days.

CIPFA launches new Financial Management Code

CIPFA has launched its Financial Management (FM) Code, to drive improvement in financial management for councils.

‘Active travel revolution’ for the Liverpool City Region

Steve Rotheram has said that he wants to see an ‘active travel revolution’ in the Liverpool City Region over the next ten years.

Government funding boost for children’s cycle training

More school children across England will now learn essential cycling skills thanks to a £13 million government investment in Bikeability.