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Fund launched to plant 130,000 urban trees

20/05/2019
The environment secretary Michael Gove has announced a £10m fund to help encourage the planting of over a hundred thousand trees in urban areas across England.

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Councils call for extra funding to tackle illegal knife sales

15/05/2019

The prosecution fund to help councils tackle illegal knife sales needs urgent investment, town hall chiefs have warned.

Sixth form funding declines ‘substantially’, think tank warns

13/05/2019

Education funding for 16 to 19 year olds has ‘declined substantially’ over the last decade, new research has revealed.

Debenhams’ CVA to cost councils £8.5m in rates

13/05/2019

Local authorities are set to lose millions of pounds worth of business rates due to Debenhams financial difficulties, ratings experts say.

London council budgets slashed 17% over last decade

13/05/2019

London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth – or 17% – per head over the last eight years, a new study has revealed.

Malthouse launches £8.5m to support neighbourhood plans

13/05/2019

Minister of state for housing Kit Malthouse launched a multi-million pound fund at the weekend to help voluntary groups deliver thousands of discounted homes.

Councils raise £242m from parking permit applications

10/05/2019

Local authorities have raised hundreds of millions of pounds over the last three years thanks to applications for parking permits, according to a new study.

UK needs £1bn a year to combat flood threat

09/05/2019

A long-term strategy to ensure infrastructure is resilient to flooding and coastal change by 2050 has been unveiled today by the Environment Agency.

Whitehall launches £200m fund to replace unsafe cladding

09/05/2019

The Government has launched a £200m fund to help remove and replace unsafe cladding on privately owned high-rise buildings after campaigners raise awareness of the issue.

Council to save £143m after ending LOBO loan

07/05/2019

Newham Council is set to £143m after successfully terminating its Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loans with NatWest bank.

Tree disease to cost economy £15bn

07/05/2019

Ash dieback will cost the UK economy £15bn, researchers have calculated.

Children’s homes face ‘delicate moment’, report reveals

03/05/2019

A report on the state of the children’s homes market has cautioned central and local government to ‘be mindful’ of the consequences of funding cuts.

Funding boost to help vulnerable rough sleepers

03/05/2019

More than 100 local authorities are to share £25m funding to help vulnerable rough sleepers to get specialist support.

Spending Review should put aside £3bn for children's services say MPs

30/04/2019

The Government needs to release at least £3bn of non-ring-fenced funding to local authorities to save children’s services from the ‘crisis’ they are in, MPs have said.

Think tank calls for per-mile London road charging

29/04/2019

A new report has called for London to move towards a new road user charging scheme that charges drivers on a per-mile basis.

Amount of unpaid council tax rises to £3bn

26/04/2019

The total amount of unpaid council tax has risen to more than £3bn, according to the latest figures.

Hopes for legislative backing behind new code

24/04/2019

An overhaul of financial management in councils could be enshrined in law, according to a consultation that stakeholders must respond to within days to influence.

Council spending on single homeless people falls by £1bn

24/04/2019

Councils have called on the Government to provide more help to tackle homelessness, following figures showing a drop in the amount they spend dealing with it.

Over 1,500 pubs close since controversial business rates revaluation

23/04/2019

Hundreds of local pubs closed down last year due to a ‘myriad of cost pressures’, new research reveals.

Homelessness charity wins £3.6m lottery grant

23/04/2019

A charity which helps people battling with homelessness, long-term unemployment and addiction is set to expand thanks to a grant from the national lottery.

A £3m fund launched to improve infrastructure procurement

18/04/2019

A £3m fund has been made available for pilot projects that explore new approaches to procurement in housing and council-led infrastructure construction.

Special needs provision in schools cut by over £1bn

16/04/2019

Children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities have lost out on £1.2bn of Government funding over the last four years.

Report calls for ‘fundamental review’ of council funding

15/04/2019

A new report has called for a review of local government funding in Scotland and argues there needs to be a fairer system of property taxes and environmental charges.

Councils call for extra funding to stop UK being flooded with unsafe products

15/04/2019

Council leaders have warned new national bodies are not the best way to protect the UK from unsafe products.

Council buys office to generate income

15/04/2019

South Cambridgeshire DC has made a £13m investment in a high-quality office building to generate an initial net return of around 5.6%.

Council chiefs call for investment in services young people ‘need’

12/04/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed the Government’s proposed youth charter, but insist investment in local services is what young people ‘want and need’.

Austerity 'could end at the Spending Review'

11/04/2019

There is a ‘genuine chance’ austerity will end at the Spending Review, according to upbeat director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul Johnson.

Scottish councils lose over £120m due to ‘weak’ financial controls

11/04/2019

Systems to prevent public money being lost to mistakes and fraud in local government ‘may be under strain’, Audit Scotland has warned.

Corbyn launches attack on fair funding review

11/04/2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has entered the debate over the fair funding review, claiming it ‘will make poorer areas even poorer’.

Wales champions council tax discounts for mentally impaired

10/04/2019

A new initiative will make it easier for people with a severe mental impairment to receive a council tax discount.

Council property firm records losses

10/04/2019

The property company run by Barking & Dagenham LBC has reported losses of almost £4m in its first year of operation.

Council chiefs defend £100,000 plus pay cheques

09/04/2019

Local leaders have defended the generous remuneration packages paid to a minority of council employees arguing they are decided upon in a ‘transparent’ manner.

Council pays £1.75m in compensation to recycling contractor

08/04/2019

Milton Keynes Council has reached a settlement with the contractor Viridor to cover what the local authority describes as the ‘historic costs’ of contamination in its recycling sacks.

Homeownership schemes failing ‘less well off’

04/04/2019

The Government’s homeownership schemes are failing those on low and middle incomes, according to a provider of affordable rent to buy homes.

Funding for SEND education ‘nowhere near enough’, think tank says

04/04/2019

Cuts to local government have resulted in funding for children with special educational needs dropping by 17% per pupil, a new study has revealed.

Cash-strapped councils struggle to fulfil homelessness prevention duties

04/04/2019

Over two thirds of councils say they do not have sufficient funding to fulfil their statutory duty to prevent homelessness.

Northants closes £65m funding gap in under a year

03/04/2019

Northamtonshire County Council has had its emergency section 114 notice lifted after wiping out a £65m funding gap in less than a year.

Grayling launches £200m pothole fund

01/04/2019

Councils in England will be given a share of more than £200m for road maintenance and pothole repairs, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

Councils defend council tax hikes

27/03/2019

Councils have had ‘little choice’ but to raise council tax to protect local services, the Local Government Association has said, after the latest tax rises were revealed.

Government announces nearly £400,000 to tackle FGM

27/03/2019

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced £375,000 of funding to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM).

Birmingham CC receives third warning of ‘financial mismanagement’

26/03/2019

Birmingham City Council has defended its financial record after receiving its third auditor warning in four years.

Report finds disparities in highways maintenance funding

26/03/2019

An increase in local authority highways maintenance budgets is helping to stem the decline in local roads, a new report has found.

Government announces £46m to tackle rough sleeping

25/03/2019

The communities secretary has announced that £46m will be made available to help councils get people off the streets and into accommodation.

Whitehall announces £36m to develop coastal communities

25/03/2019

Around 70 coastal projects have been awarded a total of £36m by the Government as part of an effort to attract tourists and create jobs.

Children's centres in 'fight for survival' warn councils

22/03/2019

Councils have reduced the amount of money they are spending on Sure Start children’s centres by a quarter in the past four years, new figures have revealed.

Councils chosen to share £25m clean bus funding

22/03/2019

A £25m fund to upgrade buses with technologies that reduce harmful emissions will be shared by 14 local authorities.

Labour blasts 'savage' council cuts for poorer areas

21/03/2019

Local government cuts are hitting the North of England and the most deprived areas the hardest, the Labour Party has warned ahead of the upcoming local elections.

Think tank suggests introduction of local income tax

21/03/2019

Local income tax would be the best option for fiscal devolution if the Government wanted to hand more powers to local authorities, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) argued today.

Brokenshire announces £1m boost for homeless veterans

20/03/2019

The Government has announced that local areas will be receiving a boost of £1m to help ensure vulnerable veterans do not end up sleeping rough.

Interserve handed £660m of contracts before going into administration

18/03/2019

Construction and facilities giant Interserve was handed £660m of public sector contracts before it went into administration last week, experts have revealed.

Councils receive over £9m to clean high streets

18/03/2019

Local authorities are to receive £9.75m to help them tidy up their local areas ahead of ‘National High Street Perfect Day’.

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Unjust enrichment?

Housing authorities should take care when relying upon valuations that will feed into section 125 notices, says Amy Rogers, of the disputes team at Cripps.
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