Politics and Policy

Housing benefit reform a ‘false economy’

27/02/2020
Councils have been left carrying the financial burden of reforms to housing benefit, new research has revealed today.

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New measures to protect public spaces from terror attacks

24/02/2020

Councils could be required to protect public spaces from terror attacks under new proposals announced by the Government.

High-rise residents warn worries over fire safety causing mental distress

24/02/2020

A survey of residents living in high-rise buildings in Manchester has found fire safety risks are damaging their mental health and wellbeing.

Think tank calls for ‘Devolution Parliament’

21/02/2020

A think tank has called for a ‘Devolution Parliament’ as it releases research showing that England has the worst regional inequalities in the developed world.

London Councils drives forward co-ordinated approach to car clubs

20/02/2020

London Councils has launched a new online resource to help boroughs take a more co-ordinated approach to car clubs.

County council reconsiders ‘blanket’ 20mph limit

20/02/2020

A task group has concluded that North Yorkshire County Council’s proposal to impose a blanket 20mph limit across the county was ‘unrealistic’ both in terms of cost and enforcement.

Government backs hydrogen energy plants

20/02/2020

The Government has announced £90m in funding to cut carbon emissions from homes and heavy industry.

West Midlands secures funding for smart energy projects

20/02/2020

Three projects in the West Midlands have received £3m of Government funding to drive forward state-of-the-art carbon neutral technologies.

North disproportionately hit by housing cutbacks - research

19/02/2020

Increased funding and investment in planning skills are required to reverse disproportionate cuts to councils in the north of England, according to research published today.

Experts decry ‘lack of consideration’ given to social care in immigration reform

19/02/2020

Local authority leaders and health care experts have warned that the Government’s introduction of a points-based immigration system could be detrimental to an already struggling social care system.

Councils demand extra planning powers

19/02/2020

Councils have called on the Government to use its White Paper to give them powers to take action on unbuilt land that has planning permission.

Council to prosecute leisure centre over death of toddler Rocco Wright

18/02/2020

Leeds City Council has announced it intends to prosecute David Lloyd Leisure Ltd ‘in the near future’ over the death of Rocco Wright.

Funding in tech to reduce traffic

17/02/2020

Three projects exploring how tech can cut congestion have been awarded £1.5m funding from the Government.

Cambridgeshire's new modular neighbourhood gets the green light

14/02/2020

Plans to build a new Fenland village and take forward the second phase of a new town in Cambridgeshire have been approved.

Winners announced for Hearts For The Arts Awards 2020

14/02/2020

A Windrush festival and a theatre company helping those affected by addiction are among the winners of this year's Hearts for the Arts awards.

Councils urged to take urgent action to tackle puppy farming

14/02/2020

Councils are being urged to publish their list of inspected dog breeders to help tackle illegal and cruel puppy farming by an animal welfare charity.

Councils warn moves to license hand car washes must be fully funded

14/02/2020

Councils have warned that any attempt to licence hand car washes must be fully funded by license fees.

Knife crime ‘epidemic’ fuelled by cuts, committee says

13/02/2020

Cuts to important and life-saving services for vulnerable young people have caused a rise in knife crime, according to a new report.

Khan announces over £55m of funding to tackle causes of crime

13/02/2020

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced that £55.5m of new funding will be available for tackling the underlying causes of violent crime in the capital.

Councillor found guilty of two counts of fraud

13/02/2020

A Greenwich councillor who applied for social housing despite owning three properties has been found guilty of fraud.

Council chiefs welcome appointment of Ofcom as ‘online harms regulator’

13/02/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the announcement that the telecoms and broadcasting regulator will be responsible for regulating online platforms.

Council criticises proposed Holocaust memorial on environmental grounds

12/02/2020

Plans for a Holocaust memorial next to the Houses of Parliament contravenes planning rules on size, design and location, city council says.

Government to ban unregulated children's homes

12/02/2020

Children aged under 16 will no longer be placed in unregulated accommodation under proposals announced by the Government.

Council chiefs call for ‘urgent’ consultation on post-Brexit trade checks

11/02/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ensure that port authorities have the resources and capacities needed to carry out checks on EU goods.

Ministers announce £5bn cycle and bus fund

11/02/2020

PM pledges £5bn, five-year bus and cycling fund to support simpler fares, thousands of buses, higher service frequencies, and 250 miles of cycle paths.

Council stops Bristol Airport expansion

11/02/2020

North Somerset Council has rejected a planning application to expand Bristol Airport due to concerns over its impact on the environment.

Walkers urged to find 'missing' paths before 2026 deadline

11/02/2020

There are around 10,000 miles of historic paths missing from the map in England and Wales, according to a walking charity.

Councils urge retailers to become 'no knife shops'

10/02/2020

Councils are urging retailers not to sell knives in an effort to tackle the knife crime epidemic.

Welfare overhaul driven ‘at least’ 69 people to suicide, auditors say

10/02/2020

Auditors have warned that the number of suicides relating to welfare reforms may exceed the 69 that the Government has investigated to date.

Urban councils call for fiscal devolution to end ‘Whitehall hand-outs’

10/02/2020

Urban authorities have joined forces to urge the Government to devolve power to cities in order to support them in ‘levelling up’ growth across the country.

Government fails to 'break the grip of poverty'

07/02/2020

Poverty has risen for children and pensioners in the past five years despite efforts to ‘level up’ Britain, new research has revealed.

Council chiefs cautious about plans to offer 30% discount on new homes

07/02/2020

Local authorities have urged the Government to ensure that the proposed First Homes scheme does not come at the expense of providing ‘affordable’ homes for rent.

Councils slam Grenfell's witnesses' immunity request

07/02/2020

Councils would be unlikely to use products from any company that fails to cooperate fully with the Grenfell Tower inquiry, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

New 60-day 'breathing space period' for those in problem debt

06/02/2020

People in problem debt, including those that owe money to local authorities, are to get two months ‘breathing space’ under Government plans.

Council ‘disappointed’ by decision to grant traveller camp planning permission

06/02/2020

East Herts Council has said that it is ‘extremely disappointed’ by the decision of a planning inspector to grant permission for travellers to remain on land where they set up an unauthorised camp.

Bristol declares ‘ecological emergency’

05/02/2020

Bristol has become the first major city to declare an ecological emergency in response to what it describes as escalating threats to wildlife and ecosystems.

End housing allowance freeze to help 100,000 people, council chiefs say

05/02/2020

More than 100,000 people would be protected from financial hardship if Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates were lifted to cover the cost of renting, local authority leaders say.

Combined authority re-defines ‘affordable housing’

04/02/2020

The West Midlands has become the first region to re-define ‘affordable housing’.

Birmingham City Council considers ‘overhaul’ of rubbish collection service

04/02/2020

Birmingham residents could see their bins collected every two to three weeks as part of a package of measures designed to overhaul the city’s waste management service.

Work alone cannot eliminate poverty, think tank says

04/02/2020

Policy makers need to focus on further interventions to reduce poverty, think tank says as a new report warns that work alone cannot eliminate poverty.

Calls for urgent reform of Local Housing Allowance rates

03/02/2020

Changes to Local Housing Allowance rates will fail to protect people from homelessness, the Scottish housing minister has warned.

Repairs begin on Brislington flood defence scheme

03/02/2020

A £2m scheme to protect more than 100 properties in Bristol from flooding has begun.

Help end ‘scandalous’ dumping of child car seats, LGA tells manufacturers

03/02/2020

Local authority leaders have called on manufacturers to take back child car seats once they have reached the end of their life to prevent them being sent to landfill.

Council demands end to ‘age-based pay discrimination’

31/01/2020

Gateshead Council has announced that it will be lobbying the Government to end age-based pay discrimination.

Building society pilots ‘contactless’ donation scheme to tackle homelessness

31/01/2020

A branch of the building society Nationwide has introduced a novel new way to donate to a homelessness charity – ‘contactless posters’.

Only a month left to enter Street Design Awards 2020

30/01/2020

There is now only a month left to enter the Street Design Awards 2020, which celebrate best practice and innovation across the UK.

Charity cancels evangelical event over preacher’s ‘repulsive views’

30/01/2020

A charity which manages venues in Sheffield has cancelled an event by an evangelical preacher after LGBT+ groups warned that he promoted homophobic views.

Council signs agreement with 10 housing associations

27/01/2020

Lambeth Council has signed a joint agreement with all 10 housing associations operating in the borough to transform housing services.

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.

New guidelines are failing to boost number of homes, research finds

24/01/2020

Measures designed to boost housebuilding by councils have actually had the opposite effect, according to planning consultants’ Lichfields.

Households living in overcrowded private rentals ‘doubles’ in decade

24/01/2020

The number of households living in overcrowded private rentals has doubled over the last 10 years, a housing charity has found.

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