Newcastle to participate in World’s Big Sleepout

Newcastle City Council has announced that the city will stand alongside other major cities around the world this winter in a global bid to fight homelessness.

Training key to raising quality of nursery provision

Ensuring adults working in early-years settings have good qualifications and ongoing training is key to raising the quality of provision.

New approach to flood resilience urged

The Environment Agency has called for a new approach to ensure communities are resilient to the threat of flooding posed by climate change.

Government to fund vital cladding replacement

Approximately £200 million will be made available to remove and replace unsafe cladding from around 170 privately owned high-rise buildings.

Bottle return scheme deposit at 20p

The Scottish government has outlined its plans for a deposit return scheme for some plastic drinking containers, cans and glass.

Funding for councils caring for asylum seeking children

The Home Office has announced a funding boost of over £30 million for local authorities looking after unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Government ‘unwilling’ to make necessary high street changes

The HCLG Committee has said the government is ‘unwilling to make the radical change required’ to transform high streets.

Government urged to sustainably fund public health

The County Councils Network is among a number of signatories to a new statement calling on the government to sustainably fund public health services.

Climate change responsibility of West Midlands highlighted

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has emphasised the moral responsibility the region has in leading the fight against climate change.

Brokenshire commits £25 million for Holocaust Memorial

Communities Secretary confirms that an additional £25 million has been committed to the new National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

£9.1m for free meals and activities over summer

£9.1 million of funding will be used to help offer 50,000 disadvantaged children free meals and activities over the upcoming summer holidays.

Government urged to recognise ‘homelessness emergency’

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has called on the government to declare a homelessness emergency.

Highest digital data speeds for Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester’s local authorities have issued a £32 million tender request to enable ‘full-fibre’ data connectivity at its public sector sites.

Councils told to embrace benefits of public scrutiny

Councils should embrace scrutiny of their spending decisions to achieve value for money and improve services.

Edinburgh joins the Open Streets movement

Edinburgh City Council has become the first in the UK to join the Open Streets movement.

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