Politics and Policy

‘Levelling up’ school funding benefits wealthier student

07/08/2020
The government’s policy of ‘levelling’ up school funding will benefit wealthier pupils the most, according to the Education Policy Institute (EPI).

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Closing schools should be the 'last option' says Children's Commissioner

05/08/2020

Schools should be the last place to close and first to re-open in future lockdowns, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned today.

Over half of workforce in county areas 'at risk' due to pandemic

04/08/2020

Over half the workforce in England's county areas work in sectors ‘at risk’ due to the coronavirus crisis, research has warned today.

A third of youth services at risk of closure, research shows

04/08/2020

A third of London’s services for young people are at risk of closing down in the next six months, new research has warned.

Major incident declared in Greater Manchester

03/08/2020

A major incident has been declared in Greater Manchester following a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Waste incinerators more likely to be built in deprived areas, research uncovers

03/08/2020

Waste incinerators are three times more likely to be built in poorer areas than in the UK’s richest areas, an investigation has revealed.

Councils urged to tackle corruption in the planning process

03/08/2020

Councils across England need to improve the way they manage the risk of corruption in the planning process, Transparency International UK has warned.

Lords call for reform of 'failing' Universal Credit system

31/07/2020

A Lords committee has urged the Government to substantially reform Universal Credit to protect the most vulnerable.

'Breathable billboard' unveiled as part of air quality campaign

31/07/2020

A 'breathable billboard' has been launched to help encourage local authorities to tackle air pollution as part of the COVID-19 recovery strategy.

Hancock's new rules to halt COVID spread

31/07/2020

New rules on social gatherings have been introduced in Northern England as the number of COVID cases has started to rise.

More than a thousand sites are breaching air pollution limits

30/07/2020

More than a thousand locations across England are breaching legal air pollution limits, research has found.

Councils call for adequate funding to tackle modern slavery

30/07/2020

Council leaders have warned children's services are under significant pressure after the number of child modern slavery referrals increased by 1,400% in five years.

Tourist towns hit hardest by unemployment

29/07/2020

Tourist hotspots have seen greater levels of unemployment due to the coronavirus crisis, new figures have shown.

Hampshire councils sign £1.2bn joint venture for new garden community

29/07/2020

A public-private partnership to deliver 3,500 homes in Hampshire's new garden community has been agreed.

Government handling of social care during pandemic attacked

29/07/2020

MPs have delivered a blistering attack on the Government’s handling of social care during coronavirus.

Ombudsman makes 12% more service improvement recommendations

28/07/2020

Increasing systemic problems identified in residents’ complaints has led to the Local Government Ombudsman making more wider service improvement recommendations to councils than ever before.

Major projects must be more responsive to local need, MPs argue

28/07/2020

Hundreds of billions spent on new infrastructure projects could be ‘squandered’ without better co-ordination of local projects, MPs have warned.

Councils welcome £2bn active transport 'revolution'

28/07/2020

Thousands of miles of new cycle routes will be built in towns and cities as part of the Prime Minister’s £2bn ‘cycling and walking revolution’.

Councillors in south east reject metro mayors, says poll

28/07/2020

Seven out of ten councillors in the South East of England are against plans for metro mayors, a poll has revealed.

Majority of councils lack expertise to deal with flood risk, survey reveals

28/07/2020

Local authorities are facing a critical shortage of the expertise needed to plan for climate change, a new survey has found.

A third of council-owned pools will stay closed this year

27/07/2020

Nearly a third of council-owned swimming pools could remain closed until next year, new research has revealed.

MPs call for 90,000 new social homes every year

27/07/2020

An extra £10bn in grant funding is required to deliver the number of social homes needed to meet demand, MPs have said today.

Councils spending thousands on 'littering epidemic' in parks

24/07/2020

Councils have been forced to spend an extra £33,000 on average dealing with litter and anti-social behaviour in parks since lockdown was eased, according to a new survey.

New design toolkit to create 'healthy housing'

24/07/2020

New design guidance to ensure housing developments create healthier communities has been launched.

Public bodies urged to work in partnership to eliminate rough sleeping

23/07/2020

Public bodies have failed to work together to tackle homelessness in Wales, a report has warned today.

Council fined after fatal tree branch accident

21/07/2020

Wirral Borough Council has been fined £100,000 after a pregnant woman lost her baby when a tree branch fell and hit her moving vehicle.

£13bn construction procurement frameworks launched

21/07/2020

Two public sector frameworks totalling £13bn have been launched aimed at providing direct support to local economies and the green recovery.

Mayor anticipates Covid-19 election disruption

20/07/2020

London mayor Sadiq Khan has urged voters in the capital to register for postal ballots ahead of next year’s elections to avoid disruption from the COVID-19 crisis.

Leisure centres under threat, warn councils

20/07/2020

Hundreds of leisure facilities are under ‘immediate threat of closure’ due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, English and Welsh councils have warned ministers.

Leicester mayor ‘frustrated’ by extended lockdown

17/07/2020

The Government has been accused of taking a ‘sledgehammer approach’ to the local lockdown of Leicester by mayor Sir Peter Soulsby.

PM announces new powers for local lockdown

17/07/2020

Councils will get new powers to shut down premises in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus as we head towards the next phase of the pandemic, the Prime Minister has announced.

Thousands of cars damaged by potholes during lockdown

16/07/2020

Nearly two thousands drivers had their vehicles damaged by potholes during locakdown despite road traffic plummeting, according to the RAC.

Commission warns 500,000 affordable homes at risk of being lost

16/07/2020

The affordable housing gap could widen by 500,000 over the next five years without urgent action, a report has warned today.

Waste collections ‘return to normal’

15/07/2020

The majority of local authorities are now reporting that they have returned to normal operations of residual waste collections despite the continuing impact of Covid-19.

Blackburn with Darwen announces new local measures to control virus

15/07/2020

Blackburn with Darwen Council has introduced five new local measures to control the spread of coronavirus, including wearing masks in all enclosed public spaces.

Mistakes on homelessness are making matters worse, says Ombudsman

15/07/2020

Problems with the way councils are meeting their housing duties are making things worse for homeless people, the Ombudsman found.

Planning system is failing housing for the elderly, report finds

14/07/2020

The vast majority of housing-with-care planning applications are speculative, new research has revealed.

Planning reforms to boost renewable energy

14/07/2020

Planning rules have been relaxed to make it easier to build large batteries to store renewable energy from solar and wind farms.

Bailiff costs could add £158m to council tax debt, charity warns

14/07/2020

People in council tax debt could face an extra £158m in bailiff and court costs, research has warned today.

Council steps in after Herefordshire farm goes into lockdown

13/07/2020

Herefordshire Council is supporting vegetable producers AS Green and Co after an outbreak of coronavirus was discovered at their Mathon farm.

Black Country awarded Geopark status

13/07/2020

The Black Country has achieved official UNESCO Global Geopark status.

Ministry was 'blind' to council investment risks says watchdog

13/07/2020

Ministers have been blind to the risk of commercial investments by councils, Parliament’s spending watchdog has claimed.

Pools, gyms and leisure centres set to re-open

10/07/2020

Councils leaders have welcomed the news that gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will be allowed to re-open later this month.

Race for reorganisation gathers pace in Surrey and Somerset

10/07/2020

The race towards reorganisation is gaining pace more plans emerging in Somerset and Surrey.

Calls to classify dangerous conspiracy theories

09/07/2020

The Government should classify dangerous conspiracy theories by the harm they cause to people, a new report has said.

Chancellor confirms £2bn jobs scheme for young people

08/07/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £2bn ‘kickstart scheme’ for jobs to prevent an entire generation of young people being ‘left behind’.

Millions of voters missing from electoral registers, report warns

08/07/2020

Millions of eligible voters may be missing from electoral registers, a Lords report has warned today.

Planning reforms present 'dangers' for disabled peopled, Lord Holmes warns

07/07/2020

The relaxation of planning rules poses 'serious dangers' for disabled people, Lord Holmes has warned.

Welsh councils call for support over 'devastating' Airbus job losses

07/07/2020

Council leaders in Wales have called for extra support after Airbus cut more than 1,700 jobs across their UK operations.

Charity warns 230,000 renters at risk of 'Covid-eviction'

06/07/2020

Nearly a quarter of a million private renters have fallen into arrears since the pandemic started, a homelessness charity has warned today.

Beach capacity revealed following Bournemouth's major incident

03/07/2020

New analysis of beach capacity has revealed that only 78,000 people can fit onto Bournemouth beach if social distancing guidelines are followed.

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