Politics and Policy

New £25m fund launched for ‘preventative approach’ to crime

27/01/2020
The Home Office is launching a new multi-million pound scheme which will see more street lights and gated alleyways rolled out across the country in order to tackle crime.

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Council made ‘serious unsubstantiated’ allegations about asylum seeker

23/01/2020

An investigation has found Sandwell Council made ‘serious and unsubstantiated’ allegations about a vulnerable woman seeking asylum.

Council clamps down on idling drivers by removing coach parking spots

23/01/2020

Westminster City Council is removing prime parking spots for coaches after drivers ignored previous warnings to turn off their engines while parked.

Universal Credit causing 'debt and destitution' charity warns

23/01/2020

Universal Credit is driving vulnerable people to use loan sharks, a debt charity has warned today.

Short-term lets are ‘growing out of control’ in London

22/01/2020

London Councils has warned that one in every 50 homes in the capital are now being let on a short-term basis, depriving people of permanent accommodation.

Sector presses for further action on cladding

21/01/2020

Building safety reforms billed as the ‘biggest change for a generation’ do not go far enough to clamp down on potentially dangerous cladding, councils argued this week.

Universal Credit creating ‘a complex mix of winners and losers’

21/01/2020

The impact Universal Credit is having on different parts of the country is being ‘ignored’ a think tank has warned today.

Council abandons joint housing plan after inspectors question its ‘soundness’

20/01/2020

A third west of England council has voted to withdraw from a joint regional plan for housing and growth.

Council chiefs call for help with £700m gap in bus fare scheme

20/01/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to help them support bus routes as the distance local buses travel drops to lowest level since mid-1980s.

Councils warned to cover foster carers’ school transport costs

17/01/2020

Councils have been reminded by the local government ombudsman that they should be providing financial support to foster parents to pay for school transport.

Think tank warns red tape is ‘strangling’ the high street

17/01/2020

National planning guidelines and local plans are failing to revitalise the high street, a new report by a think tank has warned.

Councils secure funding to tackle criminal landlords

17/01/2020

Councils across England are to share more than £4m to target criminal landlords and letting agents.

Medway caves after Ombudsman rap

16/01/2020

Medway Council has finally accepted the recommendations in a Local Government Ombudsman public interest report after a two-year stand-off.

Former housing minister warns of ‘a new generation of slum housing’

16/01/2020

A former housing minister has warned that national planning policy needs ‘a radical rethink’ in order to promote the wellbeing of communities.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills funding

16/01/2020

Six million people in England risk being without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2030, council chiefs have warned.

Council approves £1m transit traveller site

16/01/2020

Wolverhampton Council has approved plans for a new transit site for the traveller and gypsy community.

New advice urges councils to ‘not shy away’ from adoption

16/01/2020

The Government has urged local authorities to prioritise adoption and ensure adoptive parents are not wrongly turned away.

Rutland approves its first ever McDonald’s

15/01/2020

Rutland will no longer be the only county in England not to have a McDonald’s, after councillors approved plans for new restaurant on the outskirts of Oakham.

Pothole breakdowns fall as Beast impact fades

15/01/2020

The RAC attended significantly fewer breakdowns for pothole-related faults in 2019 than the previous year, despite a surge in the last quarter.

Two million private renters made ill by housing worries, poll reveals

15/01/2020

Worries over private renting is causing millions of people to become physically ill or sick, a new survey has revealed.

Government failing to ‘learn lesson’ of Carillion collapse

15/01/2020

The union Unite has accused the Government of failing ‘to learn the lessons’ from the collapse of the outsourcing giant Carillion.

Over 1,000 ancient woodlands at risk from ‘built development’, charity says

15/01/2020

The number of ancient woods under threat in the UK from built development has topped the thousand mark for the first time in two decades, charity warns.

Child sexual exploitation cases in Greater Manchester ‘reopened’

14/01/2020

Victims of child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester are having their cases newly investigated as a result of a review commissioned by the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Local housing allowance ‘freeze’ ended

14/01/2020

The Government has announced that it will end the four-year freeze on the local housing allowance (LHA) which charities blame for a rise in homelessness.

DWP ‘condemns’ 2,000 terminally ill people to die without benefits, charity says

13/01/2020

A charity has accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of condemning 2,000 people in six months to die without benefits.

District councils warn of ‘fly-tipping farm-aggedon'

13/01/2020

Councils have warned that fly-tippers are increasingly targeting rural areas after new figures show a surge in incidents where rubbish is being dumped on farm land.

Liverpool criticises 'short-sighted' rejection of its landlord licensing scheme

13/01/2020

The Government has been branded ‘short-sighted’ after it refused Liverpool’s application to continue its landlord licensing scheme.

Council chiefs call for permitted development right to be ‘scrapped’

13/01/2020

Local authority leaders have warned that communities are potentially losing out on thousands of affordable homes due to office conversions which bypass local planning offices.

Lack of joint working in the fight against ‘county lines’ puts children at risk

10/01/2020

Local authorities don’t always tell the police when they move ‘at risk’ children into their areas, a new report has warned.

Housing benefit errors pushing families into homelessness, ombudsman warns

09/01/2020

Families are facing the prospect of becoming homeless due to the way some councils are handling housing benefit appeals, the ombudsman has warned today.

Council ‘vows’ to defend local plan

09/01/2020

Sevenoaks District Council has vowed not to withdraw its draft local plan despite continued pressure from the planning inspector who they accuse of ‘ignoring evidence’.

Whitehall issues new armed forces ID card

09/01/2020

A new ID card for armed forces veterans has started to be issued to service leavers, according to the Government.

Only one in 10 support ‘new towns’, study finds

08/01/2020

Just 10% of the UK population believes that the construction of new towns is the best way to tackle the UK housing crisis, according to a new report.

Manchester to implement Martyn’s Law

08/01/2020

Manchester City Council is set to Martyn’s Law to improve security at all public venues.

‘Stuck’ schools need more tailored support, inspectors say

08/01/2020

Hundreds of schools in England are ‘stuck’ in a cycle of low performance and need more tailored support to improve, a new Ofsted report has found.

Lack of housing benefit forcing families to give up food to pay rent, charity warns

07/01/2020

Families are being forced to give up food shopping in order to pay their rent, a charity has warned today.

Cash boost for breakfast clubs

06/01/2020

The Government has announced an investment of nearly £12m to deliver free meals and summer holiday activities for children in disadvantaged areas.

HS2 based on false prospectus, Berkeley claims

06/01/2020

HS2 will cost at least £107bn to complete and its business case is based on unrealistic claims about how many trains could run on the new line, according to the former deputy chair of the Government’s review into the scheme.

Council aims to make York city centre ‘car free’

02/01/2020

York city centre could become a ‘car free’ zone as part of a council effort to make the city carbon neutral by 2030.

Homeowner fined over £60,00 for ‘wilful damage’ to a protected tree

24/12/2019

A homeowner who damaged a 90-year-old tree so much that it had to be felled has been fined over £60,000 by magistrates.

Welfare reform drives ‘sofa surfing’, council chiefs warn

23/12/2019

Council leaders have called on the Government to adapt welfare reforms as research finds changes to the benefits system have been a driver of ‘sofa surfing’.

Council advises residents to ‘clean up safely’ after flash floods

20/12/2019

Cornwall Council has urged residents affected by the flash flooding in the last 24 hours to clean up safely and keep evidence of flood damage.

Council chiefs warn of ‘bogus' Christmas taxi drivers

20/12/2019

Local authority leaders have warned revellers of the dangers of unlicensed rogue drivers around Christmas time.

'Ambitious programme of domestic reform' promised in Queen's Speech

19/12/2019

The second Queen’s Speech in almost as many months has promised an ‘ambitious programme of domestic reform’.

Council chiefs call for welfare reform to tackle homelessness

19/12/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the new Government to adapt welfare reforms so that they protect families at risk of becoming homeless.

Rogue west London landlord fined over £400,000

18/12/2019

A landlord in west London has been ordered to pay £430,000 for illegally renting out her property to 15 tenants.

Around 280,000 people will be homeless this Christmas, charity warns

18/12/2019

A new study has revealed that 280,000 people are recorded as homeless in England – an increase of 23,000 since 2016.

Khan urges Londoners to support rough sleepers this winter

17/12/2019

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on residents of the capital to support his winter rough sleeping campaign ahead of Christmas.

PM told to ‘reset the dial for local government’

16/12/2019

Local government professionals have written to the new Prime Minister urging him to provide councils with ‘immediate’ financial certainty for next year.

Council criticised for ‘Trans Inclusion Toolkit'

16/12/2019

Oxfordshire County Council has defended its guidance to schools looking to support young people who feel they are not the gender they were assigned at birth.

Reform ‘unrepresentative’ electoral system, campaigners say

13/12/2019

Voters have been 'disenfranchised on a mass scale’ by the First-Past-The-Post electoral system, campaigners say.

Managing short-term lets image

Managing short-term lets

Deborah Heather explores the issue of homestay rentals and managing short-term lets within council boundaries.
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