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Sheffield reaches verdict following chief’s lockdown party

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Welsh government launches £20m care leavers pilot


The Welsh government today launched a pilot scheme that will see care leavers receive £1,600 per month to support their transition into adult life.

Leaseholder protections ‘insufficient’, council chiefs warn


Council leaders welcome measures protecting leaseholders from being landed with unfair bills to make their homes safe but warn protections are ‘insufficient’ .

Metropolitan transport authorities 'key' to tackling climate change


New report argues that metropolitan transport authorities have integral role to play in tackling the climate crisis by reducing transport systems' emissions.

Council cancels event over feminist writer’s views on trans rights


Feminist writer Julie Bindel has threatened to sue Nottingham CC after the council banned her from giving a talk because of her views on transgender rights.

Boost cities to level up UK, think tank says


Levelling up needs billions of pounds worth of investment in cities – a level of investment not currently being considered by policy makers, think tanks say.

Evaluation of children’s social care projects ‘encouraging’, auditors say


Auditors have praised the Department for Education’s ‘encouraging work’ when it comes to evaluating innovation in children’s social care.

Council apologises after leaving cancer patient and children in bedsit


Croydon Council has apologised after a mother who was recovering from cancer was left in a bedsit with her four children throughout the pandemic.

Two thirds of private renters unaware of new rights


Two thirds of renters are unaware that their local authority can help them when they experience problems with a landlord, letting agent or home, report finds.

Council urges calm as LTN wars break out


Oxfordshire CC has urged residents ‘to engage constructively’ with its consultation on trial low traffic neighbourhoods after vandalism costing £12,000.

Portsmouth council opposes £1.2bn electric cable


Portsmouth City Council is formally opposing plans to build a £1.2bn electricity interconnector between Portsmouth and Normandy in France.

Council launches review into HMOs in Northampton


West Northamptonshire Council yesterday launched a review into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Northampton after complaints by local campaigners.

Over a thousand children in care moved every week


Council leaders have called for an overhaul of social care as a new report reveals over a thousand children in care are moved from their placement each week.

UK to take in Ukrainian child refugees


The UK is to take in unaccompanied child refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine with hundreds already on their way to the UK.

Mayor Khan calls for universal free school meals


Mayor Khan has urged the Government to extend provision of healthy free school meals to all primary school children to help with the 'perilous economic times'.

Child sexual exploitation inquiry clears council of cover up


An inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Oldham has found that there were serious failings in the handling of some cases but no cover up by the council.

COVID cost ethnic minority children early learning opportunities


The COVID pandemic led to ‘considerably more’ children from ethnic minority and disadvantaged backgrounds missing out on formal early learning, study reveals.

Universal free school meals in Wales to start from September


Every primary school pupil in Wales will receive a free school meal by 2024, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Virtual meetings ‘vital part of local democracy’, council chiefs say


Local authority leaders have called on the Government to allow councils to hold virtual and hybrid council meetings.

Air quality improvements ‘not as fast as expected’


The Government’s programme for helping local authorities tackle air pollution has progressed more slowly than expected, according to auditors.

Brownfield land unable to meet housing need alone, report finds


Building on brownfield land only has the capacity to deliver around a third of the new homes needed over the next 15 years, a new report has found.

Nearly a quarter of drivers admit to idling engines


Over 20% of drivers admit to regularly leaving engines running while their vehicle is stationary despite the impact this has on air quality, research reveals.

Council chiefs cautiously welcome new private renting protections


New measures aimed at protecting the rights of renters are welcome but local authorities must be properly funded to support implementation, council chiefs say.

Affordable homes target reached in Scotland


The Scottish Government has reached its target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes.

One in four children persistently absent from school, study reveals


The Government needs to ensure that councils have enough funding and powers to help ensure that all children are able to access education, council chiefs say.

Electric vehicle plug-in grant comes to an end


The Government is today closing the plug-in grant for cars and says the focus will now be on expanding the public charge point network.

London councils mark Grenfell fire anniversary with call for fire safety support


Too many buildings across London are still waiting for unsafe cladding to be removed or for other fire safety works to be carried out, council leaders say.

Consultation for new SEND inspection framework launched


Ofsted and the CQC have today launched a consultation on a new draft framework for inspecting local provision for children and young people with SEND.

Council chiefs call for more event licensing powers


Councils should have the power to set local event licensing fees to ensure they fully cover the associated administrative costs, the LGA has said.

Polluted rivers will stop 20,000 homes from being built every year, councils warn


More than seven percent of planned house building in England will be unable to go ahead due to river pollution levels, new analysis has revealed.

Outer London left behind in post-COVID recovery


Ethnically diverse local authority areas on the outskirts of London are being left behind in the post-pandemic recovery, think tank warns.

‘Clean Air Net Zero’ approach could boost local areas by £1.6bn


Local policymakers must consider the air quality impact of net zero policies to save billions of pounds and to avoid a ‘dieselgate scandal’, new report says.

Council launches Manchester Living Rent


A new Manchester Living Rent has been launched by the council to ensure housing is affordable to anyone in the city.

Nearly two million pupils eligible for free school meals


The number of children eligible for free school meals in England has risen again in the past year, new figures have shown.

Child cruelty and neglect up by 25%


Child cruelty and neglect offences increased by a quarter last year as the country emerged from the pandemic, a children’s charity has revealed.

Local authorities to bid for funding for 75 new free schools


Up to 75 new free schools - including sixth forms, specialist schools and alternative provision - will be created across England.

Right to buy extended to housing association tenants


Council leaders have warned that any homes sold under the newly extended right to buy scheme must be replaced on a like for like basis.

Councils ‘bitterly disappointed’ by oil drilling decision


The Government has been criticised for granting permission for oil drilling to go ahead on a site in Surrey against the county council’s wishes.

Library demand surges due to cost of living crisis


The Government has been told not to ‘take libraries for granted’ as survey reveals the cost of living crisis has increased demand for library services.

Charge point operator warns of £1.5bn shortfall in EV funding


A charge point operator has warned of a £1.5bn shortfall in Government electric vehicle infrastructure funding and called on the private sector to step in.

Over 820,000 households struggling to pay rent


Landlords have called on the Chancellor to unfreeze housing benefit as they warn that hundreds of thousands of people struggle to pay their monthly rents.

One in three UK adults face homelessness, Amnesty warns


The right to housing should be protected in law, human rights groups says as nearly one in three adults report they are concerned about homelessness.

Councils secure extended fuel protest injunction until May 2023


Two councils have seen their fuel protest injunction extended until May 2023 to prevent protestors blocking roads and vehicles.

Improve town centres and connectivity to ‘level up’, says think tank


Levelling up should focus on improving town centres and connectivity, and ensuring there is a high quality of low skilled jobs available, think tank says.

New tool for councils to plan safer active travel schemes


A free planning tool to help local authorities make active travel safer and less stressful for users has been launched by the Road Safety Foundation.

Queen's Birthday Honours list pays tribute to local government


The Queen’s Birthday Honours list has paid tribute to local authority personnel from Glasgow City Council who played an important role in delivering COP26.

Birmingham's Clean Air Zone leads to fall in emissions


The number of the most polluting vehicles entering Birmingham city centre has fallen by more than half since the Clean Air Zone was introduced a year ago, the council has reported.

DfT seeks ‘fair' moving traffic offence enforcement


The Department for Transport has issued statutory guidance for local authorities outside London on applying for and using civil enforcement powers for bus lane and moving traffic contraventions.

Teaching unions call for expansion of free school meal eligibility


Teaching unions have called on the Government to extend free school meals to all families on Universal Credit (UC).

Bradford chosen as UK City of Culture 2025


Bradford has been named the UK City of Culture 2025, beating off competition from 20 other cities.

Retailers could be fined up to £1m for selling knives to children


Large retailers selling to knives to children could be fined up to £1m under new proposals, after a London council warned the current sentences did not reflect the seriousness of the offence.

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Skate parks are not the only fruit

On Go Skateboarding Day, Susannah Walker asks councils and their leisure and park departments to think differently about what facilities they provide for teenagers.
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