Public sector buildings to benefit from over £550m of energy efficiency projects


Hundreds of public buildings are to be upgraded with low carbon heating and energy efficiency measures as part of the effort to cut the use of fossil fuels.

Government announces £300m fund to tackle youth crime


Councils across England and Wales will be able to draw on a £300m fund aimed at cutting youth crime.

Children’s care services ‘stuck in crisis mode’


Council chiefs call for reform of the children’s social care system as spending to provide support to vulnerable children increases by a quarter in five years.

Ministers announce £200m for new active travel schemes


Active Travel England will oversee the delivery by local authorities of 134 active travel schemes, backed by £161m, across 46 council areas outside London.

Loneliness-related mental health problems impact vulnerable communities


Disparities in local funding mean that vulnerable citizens are lacking access to social resources that might provide mental health support, study reveals.

Council leaders urge GPs to prescribe leisure centre trips


Council leaders are urging GPs to prescribe obese patients classes at local leisure centres after research found it could increase life expectancy four years.

DfT spent 15 times more on private than public EV chargers


Study reveals public money spent on installing off-street residential electric vehicle chargers is 15 times what has been spent on public on-street chargers.

Refugees who refuse housing offers to become homeless


Afghan refugees who turn down two offers of accommodation could be referred to councils as homeless.

Queen's Speech: Business rates set for overhaul


It has been confirmed a ‘Non-Domestic Rating Bill’ will form part of the agenda during the next Parliamentary session.

MPs voice ‘concerns’ over lack of funding for Ukrainian refugees


MPs have joined council leaders in calling on Government to provide councils with funding to support Ukrainian refugees arriving via the family visa scheme.

£200m falls short of saving Johnson's zero emission target


Prime minister Boris Johnson is set to fail in his pledge to deliver 4,000 zero emission buses to England's roads, despite the Department for Transport having another £200m to spend.

Volunteering fund sees £4.6m investment


Thousands of young people, people with disabilities and those experiencing loneliness will get the opportunity to volunteer thanks to a £4.6m investment.

Welsh government invests £8m in employment services


Welsh government is investing £8m in employment services that help people recovering from physical, mental ill-health and substance misuse remain in work.

Council chiefs welcome £300m to tackle drug addiction


Council leaders have welcomed a Government announcement of additional funding for local areas to tackle drug dependency as an ‘important step forward’.

Government unveils £2.6bn UK Shared Prosperity Fund


The Scottish Government has said it has been short-changed by its allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Councils to be banned from charging for disposal of DIY waste


The Government has proposed banning local authorities from charging for the disposal of DIY waste from households.

DfT launches £30m competition to drive local highways decarbonisation


DfT has launched the second round of the Live Labs competition, which is aimed at supporting projects to decarbonise local highways infrastructure.

Call for national review of children's mental health services


The new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has called for a post-pandemic national review of children’s mental health services.

Welsh councils receive £10m to support domiciliary care


A further £10m will be provided to local authorities in Wales to support domiciliary care and increase service provision, the Welsh government has announced.

Councils ‘shafted’ over £1bn bus funding allocations


The Government has announced a raft of local transport cash allocations but the news was overshadowed by angry local reactions.

New restrictions on use of capital receipts


Councils have been able to use funds from asset sales to cover revenue costs of projects that reduce costs, increase income, or improve efficiency since 2016.

Adult social care workforce receives £500m boost


People working in adult social care in England are set to benefit from a £500m boost that will go towards improving the recruitment and retention of staff.

Over £1bn of support for vulnerable families


Vulnerable families across the UK are set to receive around £1bn of support to help them access advice and services, the Government has announced.

Council chiefs welcome £130m to tackle violent crime


Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s announcement of a multi-million-pound funding package to tackle serious violence and homicide.

Councils to fund housing for homeless refugees


Local authorities will have to pick up the bill for accommodating homeless Ukrainian refugees from their own budgets, a minister has said.

Shapps launches £10m pilot EV charging fund


Transport secretary Grant Shapps has written to local authority chief executives to launch a pilot £10m bidding scheme to boost local EV infrastructure.

There is no more cash for COVID, Government confirms


There will be no more funding to help councils deal with outbreaks of COVID, the Government has confirmed.

Over 300 theatres and museums receive £35m support


Cultural organisations from across England have received a share of a £35m emergency support package to help overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council chiefs welcome £7.5m domestic abuse funding


Local authority leaders have welcomed the extra funding and the prioritisation of prevention in the Government’s new plan to tackle domestic abuse.

Data issues hampering councils' refugee response


Councils are struggling to prepare for the arrival of refugees due to a lack of quality data, MPs have been told.

Councils offered £75,000 grant to test digital housing services


Councils are being invited to apply for grants of £75,000 to test out with older people which technology tools and digital housing services work best for them.

Government announces £2.5m mobility service


The Government today announced a new funding package to roll out a mobility service to help people unable to drive access alternative forms of transport.

Government vows to end 'postcode lottery' on SEND


Schools, councils and health providers will need to work together to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) with more targeted funding, a Government green paper said today.

Local areas to share £200m to help fund zero emission buses


Twelve areas in England will share grants totalling nearly £200m to help fund zero emission buses and charging or fuelling infrastructure.

Councils set to benefit from £36m of coastal erosion funding


Local authorities are set to benefit from £36m of funding which aims to encourage innovative approaches of adapting to the effects of coastal erosion.

Council chiefs warn care guidance burdens ‘overstretched staff’


Council leaders have criticised the Government’s care funding guidance which requires overstretched councils to produce ‘detailed’ market sustainability plans.

Boroughs ‘deeply concerned’ by nearly 30% reduction in homelessness funds


London boroughs have warned that a reduction in Government funding risks undermining homelessness prevention work in the capital.

Fuel prices hit school transport services


Spiralling fuel costs are impacting school transport services, with councils set to have to pay providers more or face pupils unable to access free transport.

Minister confirms over 500 new accessible toilets to be built


Funding announced in yesterday’s Spring Statement will help provide over 500 new Changing Places Toilets in England, ministerial disability champion confirms.

Council chiefs call for ‘urgent’ extension of COVID fund


Council leaders and directors of public health have called for an urgent extension of local outbreak management funding to help with rising COVID-19 rates.

Councils face over £12bn pothole backlog


Local authority highway departments are struggling to patch up local roads and face a backlog of pothole repairs worth billions, an annual survey has revealed.

New £10m fund to help create traveller sites


Local authorities are being given access to a £10m fund to support the creation of new traveller sites, the Government announced yesterday.

Councils granted more powers and £20m for supported housing


Councils in England are to be granted new powers to better manage local supported housing market and to crack down on rogue landlords, Government announced.

Call for Government-led campaign to promote bus travel


Reduced passenger numbers could lead to big service cuts without a national Government-led campaign to get people back on board, transport campaigners say.

Scottish local road backlog 'close to £1.7bn'


Scottish government has insisted it provides enough funding for councils after the cost of repairing the country’s local roads was estimated at almost £1.7bn.

Museums and galleries to receive £48m boost


Cultural venues across the country are set to receive £48m of funding to help improve access to the arts, the Government has announced.

Councils to receive £10,000 for each Ukrainian refugee welcomed


Local authorities are set to receive £10,000 for each Ukrainian refugee welcomed into their area, the communities secretary has confirmed.

Twenty-five areas awarded £3m to create local design standards


Twenty-five areas across England have been awarded a share of £3m by the Government to help them set their own standards for design locally.

Councils need more ‘funding and powers’ to tackle climate change


Progress needs to be accelerated in every local area if the UK’s climate and nature targets are to be met, climate campaigners say.

Uncertain future for Scottish councils' finances


The Accounts Commission found councils were grappling with funding reductions and restrictions as they prepare to meet significant challenges.

Local authorities awarded £11.6m to improve air quality


The latest round of Air Quality Grants have been awarded to local authorities across England to deliver projects to improve air quality.

Nottingham council to cut 63 jobs in ‘toughest year yet’


Nottingham City Council is set to cut the equivalent of 63 full-time posts in an effort to close a £28m budget gap.

Tens of thousands fewer children could avoid going into council care


Tens of thousands of young people could avoid going into council care if services are reshaped under a new ‘optimised delivery model’ based on a family-focused way of delivering support, says a report.

Extra £4.7bn for schools unlikely to cover cost pressures


Government ‘has little assurance’ the £4.7bn committed to schools in the 2021 spending review will cover the cost pressures that schools are facing, PAC warns.

LA maintenance funding frozen after cut fears


The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced individual allocations for all local highway authorities outside London and the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS) – with cash frozen at 2021-2022 levels for the next three years.

Government announces £150m final funding package for bus services


Ministers have announced a £150m, ‘final tranche’ of pandemic-related support to bus and light rail operators across England, a month before existing funding is due to end.

Warnings over unmet care needs


Social care services could be put under further pressure due to unmet needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research.

Councils call for local outbreak funding as part of 'Living with COVID' strategy


Councils have warned they will be forced to stand down public health teams unless the Government extends local outbreak management funding.

New £25,000 grants to celebrate ‘overlooked’ working class histories


Historic England today announced that it is making grants available to fund community-led projects that will celebrate ‘overlooked’ working class histories.

Newcastle and Gateshead councils call for £23m to support CAZ roll-out


Councillors in the North East are calling for urgent action to enable a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) support scheme for taxi drivers and small businesses to go ahead.

Automotive industry calls for mandated targets to boost EV infrastructure


The UK automotive industry has called for mandated targets for the roll-out of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure supported by ring-fenced funding for local authorities.

Councils to receive £125m to support domestic abuse survivors


The Government has announced a multi-million-pound funding package to help survivors of domestic abuse find a safe environment to rebuild their lives.

Youth services hit by 'decade of funding failures'


Spending on youth services in England has fallen by £1.1bn in the past decade, according to analysis by the YMCA.

A third of bus services could be cut without emergency funding, experts warn


Councils have warned nearly a third of bus services will be axed unless emergency funding is extended beyond the end of March.

Welsh councils call for clarification over council tax rebate


The Government has reassured council chiefs in Wales that the Welsh government will receive £180m of new funding as a result of the council tax rebate.

Council spending on the arts has halved since 2010


Local authority expenditure on cultural services has fallen by 50% across England since 2009-2010, according to new research.

Council pension schemes urged to invest in local economies


Local government pension funds will be targetted to pump billions of pounds into regional economies as part of the new levelling up White Paper.

Welsh winter fuel support payments double to £200


The Welsh government today announced that the Winter Fuel Support Scheme payment will be doubled to £200 as the cost-of-living crisis intensifies.

Quit smoking services under threat from lack of funds


Local authority-run efforts to help people quit smoking have improved during the pandemic but are under threat due to underfunding, charities warn.

County welcomes Government backing for Blyth's gigafactory


The Government has backed the creation of the UK's first full-scale gigaplant in Blyth Northumberland.

Council chiefs warn vital health services ‘at risk’


Vital frontline health services are at risk due to a lack of certainty around councils’ public health funding, local authority leaders have warned.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects


Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Bradford has most 'levelling up' potential, Index finds


New research has revealed the towns and cities in England that could make the best use of the Government’s levelling up funding.

Local councils call for access to same funding pots as principal authorities


Parish and town council leaders have called for local councils to have access to the same funding initiatives as principal authorities.

Council finances fared better than expected in COVID crisis, says IFS


The cost of COVID for councils has been far less than expected, research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

Fund planners to solve housing crisis - Lords


Peers have said council planning departments must be better resourced to prevent an ‘emerging crisis’.

Councils to deliver £700m grants to businesses hit by Omicron


Councils will deliver £700m to businesses most affected by the Omicron variant in the next few weeks, the Government has announced.

Number of care homes falls by 10% since 2015


The number of care homes across England has fallen by 1,700 over the last six years, the Liberal Democrats have warned.

Holyrood announces £16m to help tackle homelessness


Councils in Scotland are being given an extra £16m to help tackle homelessness by moving people from temporary accommodation into settled homes.

Omission of gyms from Omicron relief criticised as ‘shameful’


The industry association representing gyms and sports centres has criticised the Government for omitting their members from the latest COVID support measures.

Scottish settlement ‘worst seen’ by leaders


Council leaders in Scotland are demanding a meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over funding for next year.

Welsh government confirms £120m for Omicron-hit businesses


Wales’ First Minister has confirmed that the Welsh government will make £120m available for nightclubs, retail, and other businesses affected by COVID-19.

Holyrood announces £21m events support package


The Scottish government has announced a £21m support package to support cultural and events organisations and freelancers.

Social care white paper fails to tackle ‘central issue of funding’


Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ensure more of the new health and care levy is directed towards the social care system.

Cultural sector to get £30m winter boost


Theatres, museums and other organisations in the cultural sector will be able to draw on an extra £30m to help them through winter, Government says.

Government announces £316m funding boost to tackle homelessness


The Government today announced a multi-million-pound package which will be allocated to local authorities according to the level of homelessness in their area.

Welsh councils win £750m funding boost


The Welsh Government has included a £743m increase in funding for councils in its latest budget.

Councils to receive over £22m to boost vaccine uptake


Volunteers are to be deployed across the areas with the lowest vaccine uptake and councils are to receive a funding boost to encourage people to get jabbed.

Counties' concern at care funding


County councils have expressed concern at the level of central funding to rebalance care markets.

School cuts without precedent in ‘post-war UK history’


School leaders have welcomed the Government’s confirmation of £4bn of funding but warn this ‘falls well short’ of what schools need to make up for past cuts.

Gove unveils £54bn finance settlement


The provisional local government finance settlement for 2022-23 represents an additional £3.5bn or 4% increase in real terms compared to 2021-22.

Cuts undermine fight against child criminal exploitation


Local authority leaders have warned that cuts to local government funding have made it difficult to tackle child criminal exploitation.

Mayor Khan announces £600,000 fund to ‘rewild’ London


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a new fund to help restore wildlife sites and create more natural habitats for plants and animals across the capital.

Councils call for extension to outbreak funding


Councils have urged the Government to extend its COVID-19 outbreak funding to support local contact tracing.

Scottish councils awarded £13m to boost recycling


The Scottish government today announced a multi-million-pound investment into local authorities to help boost the quantity and quality of recycling.

Cornwall plans to cut 400 jobs


The cuts are part of plans to save £55m in order to balance the council’s budget in 2022-23.

Social care White Paper ‘set up to fail’


The local government sector has praised the ambition of the long-awaited adult social care reform White Paper, but warned it will not succeed without funding to meet current demand.

Government allocates £11m to develop brownfield sites


The Government has allocated £11m to help local authorities develop brownfield land into good quality housing.

Councils urged to invest in public toilets


The majority of UK adults want more investment from local councils to ensure that public toilets are clean and safe, a new survey has revealed.

Funding allocated to plant hundreds of thousands of trees


Over £12m funding has been allocated to plant hundreds of thousands of trees across England.

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