New local authorities to be created in Northamptonshire

Two new councils are to be established in Northamptonshire to improve the delivery of public services across the county.

‘Patchy’ progress on youth homelessness prevention

A year after the Homelessness Reduction Act, progress on youth homelessness prevention has been found to be 'patchy'.

Inequalities in pay is threatening democracy

The IFS has warned that inequalities in pay and opportunities in the UK are becoming so extreme they are threatening democracy.

Two-fold difference in mental health spend across England

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, it has been revealed that there is nearly a two-fold difference in mental health spending across England.

Idling vehicles could face instant fines

Michael Gove has said that drivers who repeatedly leave their car engine running while parked could be given instant fines.

Borough budgets fall a fifth in the capital

London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth per head over the last eight years, with inner London boroughs hit the hardest.

Public sector outsourcing spend softens

The private sector dominated the UK outsourcing market in Q1 of 2019, whilst public sector spend fell year-on-year.

£8.5 million fund to deliver discounted homes

Kit Malthouse has announced a £8.5 million-pound support package to deliver thousands of discounted homes over a three-year pilot project.

Funding for rough sleepers with substance abuse

Adults who are sleeping rough and living with mental illness and substance misuse are set to benefit from £1.9 million of funding.

Reward household recycling with smart bin use

A think tank has claimed that a new generation of smart bins could allow households who recycle to be rewarded with council tax cuts.

Thousands of new foster families needed this year

The Fostering Network says that more than 8,500 foster families are needed across the UK over the next year.

Four in five workers avoid mental health discussions

Four in five British workers won’t discuss mental health problems with their boss because they fear being stigmatised and judged incapable.

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