Politics and Policy

Calls for councils to be given more power over empty properties

15/11/2019
A major union has called for councils to be allowed to take over empty properties to house people on waiting lists.

Politics and Policy News

Oakervee report 'backs full HS2 network'

12/11/2019

The Oakervee review into HS2, commissioned by the government, has recommended the full high speed rail network go ahead including the eastern leg, according to reports.

Council sets out plan to build 1,000 social homes

12/11/2019

Nottingham City Council has committed to building or buying 1,000 council houses and creating thousands of new jobs over the next decade.

Index shows large variation in England's incusive schools

12/11/2019

Schools in London are the most inclusive in England, new analysis has revealed today.

Oxford and Reading top city performance list

11/11/2019

Cities have largely recovered economically from the 2007/08 financial crisis but must now focus on housing affordability and health-related issues, according to PwC and Demos.

Exclusion process suffers ‘serious weaknesses’

11/11/2019

The current system for excluding pupils from school suffers from ‘serious weaknesses’ and needs overhauling, a new report has found.

British Steel rescue deal agreed ‘in principle’

11/11/2019

A rescue deal for the manufacturer British Steel looks set to go ahead as China's Jingye Group agrees in principle to purchase the struggling business for £70m.

Trading standards services surviving despite being ‘hit hard by austerity’

08/11/2019

Over 20 million illegal products have been detained by local trading standards services in the last year despite Government cuts, a new report has revealed.

Teenager stabbed to death at council offices

08/11/2019

A muder investigation has been launched after a teenager was stabbed to death at a London council’s office.

Thousands of people living in 'unregulated' housing

07/11/2019

Tens of thousands of vulnerable people are living in unsafe and unsuitable conditions, according to new research.

Council secures ‘unusual’ legal order against home improvement firms

07/11/2019

Gateshead Council has used a little-used piece of legislation to take enforcement action against two home improvement agencies.

Council leader of the year is announced

06/11/2019

Cllr Darren Rodwell of London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has been named as council leader of the year in the 2019 Cllr Achievement Awards.

Benefit problems ‘widespread’ among food bank users

05/11/2019

Problems with the welfare system affected two-thirds of people at food banks over the last year, a charity has revealed.

No starter homes have been built yet, investigation finds

05/11/2019

None of the Government’s planned ‘starter homes’ have yet been built as legislation has not been implemented, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.

The launch of the 2020 Street Design Awards

05/11/2019

The Street Design Awards 2020 have now been launched to celebrate best practice and innovation across the UK.

Two-child benefit limit ‘crude’ and should be abolished, MPs say

04/11/2019

MPs have called on the Government to lift the two-child limit and return to providing support for all children through the benefits system.

Government bans new fracking in England

04/11/2019

The Government has called a halt to fracking in England over fears it may cause earthquakes.

Electric car charging 'league table' published

04/11/2019

More than 100 local authorities have fewer than 10 public electric vehicle charging devices per 100,000 population, a new league table has revealed.

Campaigners welcome surge in young people registering to vote

01/11/2019

Election experts have called for action to register the ‘missing millions’ of voters, warning that the forthcoming general election was starting from a 'democratically dubious position'.

Outdated taxi laws putting public at risk, councils warn

01/11/2019

The Government has been urged to reform 'outdated and flawed' taxi laws by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Birmingham CC welcomes extension of injunction banning ‘street cruising’

31/10/2019

A court has agreed to extend an injunction banning street cruising from the roads of Birmingham for another three years, the city council has confirmed.

London businesses support devolving housing powers to councils

31/10/2019

Businesses in London have urged Whitehall to give local authorities more power to deliver infrastructure and housing in their communities.

School league tables ‘misrepresent’ performance, northern leaders say

30/10/2019

Secondary school league tables misrepresent performance by failing to show the difference when pupil background is taken into account, northern leaders say.

Grenfell inquiry: Better communication between councils and fire services needed

30/10/2019

‘Far better direct communication’ between local authorities and fire and rescue services is needed, an official inquiry has urged.

Khan launches ‘world-leading’ scheme to get dangerous lorries off the road

30/10/2019

The mayor of London has launched a scheme to remove ‘the most dangerous’ Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) from the capital’s streets.

Pioneering project ‘diverts’ children from organised crime

29/10/2019

A programme diverting young people away from a life of serious organised crime is set to be rolled out to a number of cities across the UK, a children’s charity has announced.

Only 5% of council leaders optimistic about Brexit

29/10/2019

Councils are increasingly downbeat about the impact of Brexit, with nearly three quarters (71%) of chiefs expecting it to have a ‘negative’ or ‘very negative’ impact on their local economy.

Councils spending more than £4m on SEN tribunals

28/10/2019

Local authorities spent £4.3m on handling and contesting special educational needs tribunals last year - an increase of nearly a quarter compared to the year before.

More places available at fighting fraud webinar

25/10/2019

Due to popular demand, the number of places available at this free webinar have been extended. Find out the five best ways to use data better to fight fraud.

Council broke its own blue badge assessment policy, Ombudsman finds

24/10/2019

Sheffield CC has agreed to review its process for dealing with blue badge applications after an investigation revealed it was breaking its own policy.

Khan launches £25m ‘scrap for cash’ polluting vehicle scheme

24/10/2019

Low-income and disabled motorists in London will receive up to £2,000 for scrapping their old, polluting cars.

Council makes improvements following death of rough sleeper

24/10/2019

Worcester City Council has implemented all ten recommendations made in an independent review into the death of a rough sleeper in the city.

MPs call for ‘decriminalising’ drug possession

23/10/2019

MPs have called for a ‘radical change’ to drugs policy as a report warns the rate of drug-related deaths has risen to ‘the scale of a public health emergency’.

Support local industrial strategies to ‘promote a zero-carbon economy’, think tanks say

23/10/2019

Government must support local industrial strategies, with new funding and devolved powers, to promote a zero-carbon economy, according to two think tanks.

Special educational needs reforms ‘poorly implemented’, MPs say

23/10/2019

A generation of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is being failed by the Government’s SEND reforms, MPs warn.

Whitehall urged to change gambling laws to apply to online games

22/10/2019

A new report has called on the Government to tighten gambling laws to help protect children from spending hundreds of pounds while playing online games.

Green number plates considered for electric cars

22/10/2019

The Government is considering introducing green licence plates to help councils identify and incentivise the drivers of the cleanest cars.

DWP admits overestimating number of disabled people due benefit refunds

21/10/2019

The Department for Work and Pensions has overestimated the number of sick and disabled people due benefit refunds.

Brexit threatens fight against modern slavery

18/10/2019

The commissioner appointed to tackle modern slavery has called for a stronger focus on prevention and warned that Brexit could undermine efforts to stop slavery.

Commissioner appointed to take control of Northants’ children’s services

18/10/2019

The Government has appointed a new commissioner to head up Northamptonshire County Council’s struggling children’s services.

Councils warn about ‘spiralling’ rate of child modern slavery referrals

18/10/2019

Councils have warned the number of child victims of modern slavery referred for support has risen by 800% in the past five years.

Ombudsman criticises councils for how they chased historic business rate debts

17/10/2019

Two London councils have been criticised by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman for the way they tried to recover historic business rate debts.

Fear of homelessness keeping women in ‘dangerous situations’, report finds

17/10/2019

Almost half of women fleeing secure tenancies said that fear of becoming homeless had been a barrier to leaving their abuser, a new study has revealed.

Welfare provision ‘overly centralised’, London council chiefs say

17/10/2019

Council leaders in London have called on Whitehall to give them the powers to deliver local welfare support to residents.

North and Midlands ‘must take control’ of HS2, report says

16/10/2019

A review of HS2 has warned against stopping work on the high-speed network and insisted that the North and Midlands ‘must take control’ of the project.

Guidance to help cash-strapped councils deliver policies published

16/10/2019

New guidance cautions local authorities that have been hit hard by austerity against using untested programmes in disadvantaged areas.

Children with special educational needs home schooled ‘as last resort’

15/10/2019

Parents of SEN children often home school their kids as a last resort rather than a preferred choice, a new Ofsted report has revealed.

Queen's Speech 19: Whitehall unveils major infrastructure and rail plans

14/10/2019

The Queen's Speech pledges infrastructure strategy, aviation bill and proposals for rail reform.

Queen's Speech 19: Voter ID requirement at elections to be rolled out

14/10/2019

The Queen’s Speech has set out the Government’s plans to require voters to show photographic ID at polling stations.

Queen's Speech 19: Brexit, health and devo at the heart of Government plans

14/10/2019

Brexit, the NHS and devolution are at the heart of the next round of Government legislation as outlined in the first Queen’s Speech today.

Queen's Speech 19: Councils promised new powers to tackle pollution

14/10/2019

The Queen’s Speech promised an Environment Bill which will establish a ‘world-leading’ independent regulator, the Office for Environmental Protection, and hand some new powers to councils.

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Best practice in resident ballots

Residents on the South Kilburn Estate overwhelmingly voted in favour of council plans to regenerate their neighbourhood in October 2019. Brent’s strategic director for regeneration and environment Amar Dave shares the lessons learned for other landlords holding resident ballots.
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