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Southend to become a city in honour of Sir David Amess

The Prime Minister has announced the Queen has granted Southend with city status to honour of Sir David Amess.

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Charity calls for every adopted child to receive life-long support


The Government has been urged to make a ten-year commitment to the Adoption Support Fund to provide long-term support for adoptive families.

Schools ‘propping up a failing welfare state’


A 'failing' welfare system is forcing families to rely on schools for basic needs such as access to food, academics have said in a new report.

Low income private renters in ‘policy black hole’ says research


Almost one million low income families are paying rents they can’t afford in the private rented sector, according to new analysis.

Eight Scottish community groups awarded £1m


Eight local community groups in Scotland have been awarded £1m to help them take ownership of land and buildings that matter to them.

Haringey first London council to tackle homelessness with modular homes


The London borough of Haringey has become the first council in the capital to provide specially designed modular homes to tackle homelessness.

Record number of parks achieve Green Flag Award


Over 2,000 parks and green spaces across the UK have received a Green Flag Award for 2021.

County leaders urge ministers not to get 'bogged down' on mandatory mayors


County councils have urged the Government not to insist on introducing more mayors after a poll revealed that only one in three people believe they should spearhead devolution deals.

‘Shameful inequities’ driving the young out of the countryside


Young people are abandoning rural communities due to a lack of public transport and affordable housing despite the Government’s much-vaunted ‘levelling up’ agenda, a countryside charity has warned.

Adaptation in danger of being ‘undercooked’ at COP26


The importance of adapting local communities to make them more resilient in the face of the climate emergency is not being taken seriously enough, the Environment Agency today warned.

Councils warn housing waiting lists could double next year


The number of people stuck on council housing waiting lists could double next year as COVID-related support schemes come to an end, a new report has said today.

Auditor uncovers ‘significant deficiencies’ in four Welsh councils


An audit has revealed significant breakdowns in financial management and internal governance arrangements at four councils in Wales, which resulted in unlawful expenditure at one of the local authorities.

Council chiefs criticise Government’s ‘central first, local later’ COVID response


Local authority leaders have said that councils could have been given ‘a greater role’ in the initial response to COVID-19 after MPs criticised the Government for pursuing a strategy of ‘central first, local later’.

Report criticises 'destitution by design' policy


A new report has called for a step-change in the way asylum seekers are supported in Scotland.

Council chiefs warn driver shortages could hit gritting services


Local authority leaders have warned that driver shortages could affect gritting services this winter.

Former communities secretary James Brokenshire dies aged 53


Tributes have been paid to former communities secretary, James Brokenshire, after he died at the age of 53 from lung cancer.

Council apologises for backlog of hundreds of noise complaints


A backlog of hundreds of noise complaints has been uncovered at Calderdale Council following an investigation by the ombudsman.

Johnson vows to ‘get care done’


The Prime Minister delivered a speech peppered with quips but short on announcements at the Conservative Party Conference.

Access to nature should 'be set in law'


A legally binding target to ensure everyone has access to nature should be introduced into planning law, a new report has argued today.

Tory MPs make case for 'double devolution'


New agreements that ensure power is shared between councils and local communities would help really level up the country, a new report has argued today.

Guidance sets out new duties for councils to support domestic abuse victims


Councils have been warned not to house victims of domestic abuse in B&Bs or mixed homeless hostels in new guidance published by the Government.

MPs call for metrics and monitoring to prevent white elephants


The levelling up agenda ‘needs to move beyond rhetoric and on to delivery, requiring targets and metrics to enable Parliament and public to identify success’, MPs have said.

County warns fuel crisis hitting school transport services


School transport services are being affected by the fuel crisis and shortage of drivers, a county council has warned.

Council set to approve Clean Air Zone despite reservations


Portsmouth City Council is set to discuss the start date of its Government-mandated Clean Air Zone (CAZ) despite its preference for other options to improve air quality.

Report calls for new 'greenfield surcharge' on developments


A 'greenfield surcharge' should be introduced to help encourage brownfield development, according to a new report.

New research to help local authorities plan for a ‘just’ transition to net zero


A new research project to discover how the UK’s transition to net zero will affect the poorest families and communities has been launched.

New 50mph speed limits in Wales to be enforced


Motorists exceeding the 50mph speed limits on some of the most polluted roads in Wales could face fines, the Welsh government has warned.

Families with children to lose £20 a week over winter


A typical low-income family with children could see their income fall by over £20 a week over the next six months, a think tank has warned.

Labour promises to scrap business rates


Labour has announced that it plans to scrap business rates to make the taxation system fairer and to help revive the high street after the pandemic.

Campaigners call for more support for renters hit by no-fault evictions


More than 44,000 households in England have faced being made homeless due to a no-fault eviction in the past two years, campaigners have revealed.

Cycle lane court challenge takes new turn


Cycling UK has won the right to challenge council’s decision to remove a popular cycle lane after High Court ruling refusing permission for review overturned.

Local welfare assistance in London increased 368% during pandemic


London boroughs dramatically increased welfare assistance for residents during the pandemic and warn that the financial pressure is only going to worsen.

Council set to block ‘undemocratic’ PDRs


Reading Borough Council is set to block the use of permitted development rights (PDRs) which it describes as ‘undemocratic’ and responsible for ‘substandard accommodation’.

Kerslake: Government must act now on rough sleeping


Strides made to end homelessness during the pandemic could be lost if the Government does not act now, a major new report on rough sleeping has concluded.

Government needs clear strategy to tackle child poverty say MPs


The Government must commit to a cross-departmental strategy to tackle child poverty, cross-party MPs have said today.

Report sets out plan to reverse biodiversity decline by 2030


A new report has set out nine changes that can be delivered by local government and other partners to reverse biodiversity decline by the 2030s.

Commission calls for shift of focus in levelling up


The Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking has concluded investment should be made in local neighbourhoods rather than grand infrastructure projects.

Call for a cross-system approach to tackle violence against women and girls


Local authorities will play a key role in ending 'an epidemic' of violence against women and girls, a new report has said.

Investigation warns council data for sale on dark web


Thousands of compromised information available for sale to criminals operating on the dark web is connected to councils across the North East and North Yorkshire region, an investigation has revealed.

Ministry in rebrand to put levelling up centre stage


New secretary of state Michael Gove will preside over a beefed up new department with a firm focus on levelling up, it has been revealed.

Plymouth named council of the year at MJ Achievement Awards


Plymouth City Council pipped fellow contenders to be named Local Authority of the Year at The MJ Achievement Awards.

Sunderland’s e-scooter trial will continue into 2022


Sunderland’s e-scooter trial will continue into 2022 so that more data on their use can be gathered.

Council to review development company


Cambridgeshire CC has brought in external consultants to look into its development company.

Housebuilders urge councils to be flexible due to supply crisis


Housebuilders are urging councils to be more flexible on material changes and completion dates in light of the current supply crisis.

Mayoral elections to be 'first past the post'


The Government has announced the 'first past the post' electoral system will be used for all local mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections.

County audit post-16 transport allocations following investigation


Staffordshire County Council has agreed to audit a fifth of its post-16 transport applications after the ombudsman criticised the way it had made decisions.

Jenrick sacked as communities secretary


Robert Jenrick has been removed from the role of secretary of state for housing, communities and local government in the Cabinet reshuffle.

Call to give councils the power to fight non-traffic air pollution


Councils should be given tough new powers to tackle non-transport related pollution, according to a debate in the House of Lords this week.

Report warns UC uplift is 'lifeline' for vulnerable young people


Vulnerable young people leaving supported housing will be disproportionately affected by the cut to Universal Credit, a new report has warned.

Levelling up too focused on infrastructure, claims report


Ministers’ ‘levelling up’ agenda is too focused on new infrastructure projects at the expense of improving key public services, councils representing English towns and cities have warned.

High turnout in May’s elections despite COVID-19


May’s elections were well-run and there was no decline in turnout despite the pandemic, new research shows.

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