Liverpool appoints first cycling champion

Liverpool City Council has appointed actor, TV presenter and environmentalist Simon O’Brien to be its first cycling champion.

Scottish communities seek more local powers

A review into the devolution of local powers in Scotland has published its initial findings.

£62 million heritage boost for high streets

The Culture Secretary has announced new funding will bring old buildings back into use and turn them into offices, housing and creative spaces.

£10m to plant over 130,000 urban trees

Michael Gove has announced that a new £10 million plan will see more than 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities.

Too many children in mental health hospitals

Too many children in England are being are 'unnecessarily' being admitted to mental health hospitals.

Councils urged to take greater control of bus services

Nusrat Ghani has written to local authorities and companies to remind them of the powers they have to take greater control of their area’s bus services.

Work underway for working definition of Islamophobia

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has set out the process for establishing a working definition of Islamophobia.

Council tax system is ‘highly regressive’

The council tax system in London is becoming ‘increasingly unsustainable as a source of local government finance’ and is in need of ‘fundamental reform’.

Design bus services for young people, urges watchdog

Transport Focus has published a new guide to help bus operators and local authorities make travelling by bus a better choice for young people.

1,500 children in England are locked up by the state

The Children’s Commissioner for England has highlighted the hundreds of children who are locked up in institutions across the country.

London’s ULEZ sees 74 per cent of vehicles comply

Since launching in the central London congestion charging zone on 8 April, the ULEZ has already driven a significant increase in vehicle compliance.

Government releases review of 25 Year Environment Plan

The government has published the first progress report of its landmark 25 Year Environment Plan.

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