Politics and Policy

Duchess of Cambridge unveils results of UK's biggest early years study

27/11/2020
Only one in four people recognise the specific importance of the early years, according to the UK’s biggest ever study on the topic.

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Think tank calls for £164bn stimulus in spending review

23/11/2020

The UK’s economy needs a £164bn cash injection to restart it fully after the COVID-19 crisis, a think tank has said.

Councils worried about long-term impact of pandemic on homelessness

20/11/2020

Councils have recognised the positive effects of Government policy on homelessness during the pandemic, but are concerned these are only ‘temporary’ measures.

Council chiefs welcome £10m port funding

19/11/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed a funding boost to port health authorities but warn that ‘many uncertainties’ remain for councils.

Proportional votes to come to Wales

19/11/2020

Proportional voting will be introduced to Welsh council elections for the first time as the franchise is extended to 16- and 17-year olds and foreigners.

Head teachers call for funding to support collaboration between schools, academies and councils

18/11/2020

The Government should invest in partnerships between schools, academy trusts and local authorities to drive school improvements in local communities, a new study says.

Over half of teachers have worked with homeless children, study reveals

18/11/2020

More than half of state teachers (56%) have worked with homeless children in the past three years, a new study has revealed.

Waltham Forest Council announces five new School Streets schemes

17/11/2020

Waltham Forest Council is announcing a further five new School Streets following air quality monitoring that suggests the scheme has a ‘significant’ impact on NO2 concentrations.

‘Forgotten city’ in plea for government aid

17/11/2020

The leader of Hull City Council has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to plead for additional support amid rising COVID-19 cases.

Councils warn a million young people could be missing full-time education

17/11/2020

’Significant gaps’ in legislation means more than a million young people in England could be missing formal full-time education, council leaders have warned.

Council housing waiting lists set to double next year, report warns

16/11/2020

Council housing waiting lists are set to double to two million households next year due to the impact of the pandemic, a new report has warned.

Just one in six councils have on-street EV charge points, research finds

13/11/2020

Only one in six councils in England have installed on-street EV charge points, an investigation has revealed.

Councils play ‘critical role’ in fighting climate change but lack resources, watchdog says

12/11/2020

Local authorities play ‘critical role’ in improving air quality and the natural environment but they lack the necessary resources and expertise, watchdog says.

Half of councils aim for zero-carbon 20 years ahead of schedule

12/11/2020

Over half of councils in the UK have set a goal of reaching net-zero carbon by 2030 or sooner, new data has shown.

Pandemic costs the North nearly £7bn

11/11/2020

The North of England’s economy has been hit harder than the rest of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic with inequalities between the North and the rest of the UK exacerbated, a new study finds.

Planning reforms could be a ‘set-back’ for affordable homes, survey warns

11/11/2020

The majority of social landlords (85%) have warned the Government’s planning reforms will lead to less social and affordable housing, according to the results of a new survey.

Regions losing faith in levelling-up agenda, survey reveals

10/11/2020

Only a fifth of people from the Midlands and the North think the Government is doing enough to level up the economy, according to a new study.

Combined authority expansion halted by ‘party politics’

09/11/2020

The expansion of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has stalled after leaders failed to reach an agreement.

Volunteers report rise in PPE pollution on beaches

06/11/2020

Discarded face masks and gloves have been found on 30% of Britain's beaches, according to the results of this year’s Great British Beach Clean.

Councils asked to review rough sleeping plans

05/11/2020

Councils have been asked to review their plans and ensure every rough sleeper is offered somewhere safe to go to help protect them from COVID-19.

Sheffield Council to compensate family after 'catalogue of errors' in education provision

05/11/2020

Sheffield Council has been asked to pay £20,000 in compensation after it failed to provide a suitable education for a boy with special educational needs.

Copeland residents asked to consider new radioactive waste facility

05/11/2020

A Working Group has been formed to start local engagement on whether Copeland could be a suitable location for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for higher activity radioactive waste.

Councils urged to appoint 'Food Champion'

05/11/2020

Councils have been urged to appoint a Food Champion and work with a Food Partnership in a bid to tackle food poverty.

Councils call for clear lockdown exit strategy

04/11/2020

The Government has been urged to work with councils to develop a clear lockdown exit strategy by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Charities tell PM to protect children from ‘winter of hunger’

04/11/2020

The UK’s leading children’s charities have joined forces to urge the Government to do more to protect children this winter.

Crisis call for return of Everyone In

04/11/2020

The chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has called for ring-fenced funding for councils to provide COVID-safe accommodation for anyone at risk of rough sleeping.

Hammersmith Bridge 'won't open until 2027' after decades of unchecked corrosion

04/11/2020

Transport minister Baroness Vere has revealed that Hammersmith Bridge will not be 'fully open' to motorised vehicles until 2027, after decades of corrosion went unchecked.

Think-tank issues warning on Brexit readiness

03/11/2020

Local authorities and the devolved nations risk being overwhelmed by Brexit as they are trying to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, a think tank has claimed.

Jenrick confirms rapid review into Nottingham City Council

03/11/2020

A rapid non-statutory review will be conducted into Nottingham City Council following the collapse of its Robin Hood Energy scheme.

Councils urged to keep active travel schemes to avoid 'traffic gridlock'

02/11/2020

Councils have been forced to scrap emergency active travel schemes due to a small but vocal number of objections, Cycling UK has warned.

Faith leaders call for ‘cross-party strategy’ for tackling child poverty

02/11/2020

Faith leaders praise footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend free school meals and urge the Prime Minister to establish a cross-party commission with the mandate and resources to tackle child poverty in England.

Government needs a plan to tackle public service backlog, says IfG

02/11/2020

The Government needs a plan to address backlogs in public services caused by the coronavirus crisis, a new report has claimed.

Councils urged to approve more self-build homes

30/10/2020

Councils should grant enough planning permission to meet local demand for self-build, the Government has said today.

Sturgeon unveils lockdown restrictions for every Scottish council

30/10/2020

Each council in Scotland has been told which coronavirus level they have been placed in, with none facing the toughest restrictions.

Marcus Rashford honoured by Manchester City Council

29/10/2020

The City of Manchester Award has been given to Marcus Rashford in recognition of his work to extend free school meals during school holidays.

Nottinghamshire faces tougher Tier 3 lockdown measures

29/10/2020

The whole of Nottinghamshire will be placed under the toughest coronavirus restrictions from midnight Friday after a deal was reached between the Government and all nine local councils.

Rapid review into Croydon’s ‘dysfunctional governance’

29/10/2020

The Government is conducting a rapid review into Croydon Council, focusing on its government, culture and risk management.

Youth and BAME jobs hit hardest by lockdown

28/10/2020

Young people, BAME workers and those on insecure contracts have lost out most as a result of the changing jobs market during the COVID-19 crisis, says new research from the Resolution Foundation.

Rural homelessness doubles in past two years, campaigners warn

28/10/2020

Homelessness in rural areas has more than doubled since 2018, new research from campaigners has warned.

Baroness Lawrence calls for urgent action to tackle structural racial inequalities

27/10/2020

Structural racism meant Black, Asian and minority ethnic people were disproportionately affected by the COVID pandemic, a new review has warned.

Seven areas across England set to receive nearly £180m investment

27/10/2020

Communities in seven areas across England are set to benefit from up to £178.7m in new Town Deals, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.

Blue wall rebels call for economic kickstart

27/10/2020

Northern Tory MPs led by the former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry have urged their government to kickstart its promised ‘levelling up’ agenda with a Northern Economic Recovery Plan.

New guidance to prevent care leavers becoming homeless

26/10/2020

Councils have been urged to identity care leavers that are at risk of becoming homeless, in new guidance published today.

Police make first Grenfell arrest

26/10/2020

Detectives investigating the fire have arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Councils gain COVID enforcement powers

23/10/2020

Councils are to be given new powers to issue businesses with improvement notices and close premises if they breach coronavirus restrictions.

Charity warns parents are struggling to cover school food costs

23/10/2020

Nearly one million children are living in households that are struggling to afford to feed their children during a school day, according to a new survey.

London council fines two rogue landlords £110,500

22/10/2020

Islington Council has fined two landlords £110,500 for providing dangerous and sub-standard housing.

Capacity for 1.3 million homes on brownfield land, campaigners reveal

21/10/2020

There is enough brownfield land to deliver 1.3 million new homes, new analysis has revealed.

Calls to pause enforcement of council tax arrears in Tier 3 areas

21/10/2020

Local authorities in Tier 3 areas should not be required to enforce the collection of council tax debts, argues Citizens Advice.

Nearly one million children set to lose free school meals over holidays

21/10/2020

Nearly one million children living in areas that are subject to Tier 2 and 3 coronavirus restrictions are set to lose access to free school meals over the holidays, a new analysis has revealed.

Greater Manchester will move into Tier 3 as talks collapse

20/10/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Greater Manchester will head into Tier 3 restrictions on Friday after talks with local leaders broke up without a deal.

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