Politics and Policy

Councils locked out of plans to lift lockdown

31/05/2020
Plans to lift the lockdown for people who have been shielded were not revealed to local government before they were announced at the weekend.

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Community cohesion at 'all-time high' say council leaders

28/05/2020

Community cohesion is at an all-time high despite plummeting economic confidence during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey of local government chiefs and leaders.

Westferry Printworks scheme quashed after Jenrick accused of 'bias'

27/05/2020

The Government has agreed to revoke planning permission for the former Westferry Printworks on the Isle of Dogs after being accused of bias towards the developer.

DfT backtracks on 5-year guarantee in new street works code

26/05/2020

The Government has published a new version of the statutory code of practice for street works, and quietly backtracked on initial plans to increase the guarantee on road openings from two to five years.

Union calls for Government to bring back spot safety inspections

26/05/2020

Local authorities should be allowed to carry out unannounced inspections of workplaces most at risk of spreading coronavirus, according to a trade union.

Plan to build 6,000 new homes to 'end rough sleeping'

26/05/2020

The Government has pledged to provide long-term homes for those people taken off the streets during the pandemic.

Councils given £300m and key tracking role

22/05/2020

Councils in England will be handed £300m by the Government as they are given a key role in driving forward testing and tracing. 

Councils 'unlikely to cope' with rise in homelessness

22/05/2020

Campaigners have warned that councils are unlikely to cope with a rise in homelessness after figures showed half of homeless households were unable to secure a home before the pandemic.

Council approves UK’s first waste-to-jet-fuel plant

22/05/2020

North East Lincolnshire Council has given the green to the UK’s first commercial waste-to-jet-fuel plant.

Rejection for two out of three garden communities in Essex

21/05/2020

Proposals for two new garden communities put forward by three district councils have been rejected by the Planning Inspectorate.

'Red Wall' areas most at risk of economic scarring, think tank warns

21/05/2020

Red Wall communities areas are most vulnerable to permanent economic scarring as a result of coronavirus, new research has warned today.

Scots charities launch bid to end rough sleeping

21/05/2020

A coalition of Scots charities will today present plans their plans to end rough sleeping to the Scottish Government.

Councils urged to make bold changes to end homelessness

20/05/2020

Local authorities have been urged to take practical steps to ensure nobody is forced to sleep rough once the lockdown is over.

More councils join call to delay schools reopening

20/05/2020

The Government is under increasing pressure to rethink its plans to open schools on 1 June after more councils highlighted safety concerns.

Children 'cut adrift' due to four-year rise in poverty, campaigners warn

20/05/2020

Child poverty is ‘rising rapidly’ in Britain’s poorest communities, a report has warned today.

No-deal Brexit planning would 'overwhelm' emergency response

19/05/2020

Planning for a no-deal Brexit at the end of this year would ‘overwhelm’ the country’s emergency response capacity, the Government has been warned in a leaked report.

Councils decide against re-opening schools

19/05/2020

Hundreds of schools will not re-open next week as councils express concern over the safety of pupils and teachers.

Government urged to create £1bn Jobs Guarantee for young people

19/05/2020

The Government has been urged to tackle the record rise in unemployment by creating a £1bn Youth Guarantee.

Think tank warns of growing educational gap during lockdown

18/05/2020

Children from better-off families are spending more time on educational activities than those from the poorest households, a think tank has found.

Councils resist government's changed 'stay alert' message

15/05/2020

Areas with higher coronavirus rates have urged residents to stay at home amid fears the Government’s change of message to ‘stay alert’ was confusing.

Councils call for power to close schools at higher risk of Covid-19

15/05/2020

Council leaders have called for the power to close schools or nurseries that have new clusters of Covid-19.

Council mows grass in two metre 'channels' to promote social distancing

14/05/2020

Birmingham City Council has come up with an unusual way to remind people to obey social distancing rules, by mowing two metre strips into its parks and green spaces.

Most councils prepare to open household waste recycling centres

13/05/2020

Nearly all councils are planning on opening Household Waste Recycling Centres in the next two weeks, a survey has revealed.

North West mayors call for regional data on Covid-19 infection rates

13/05/2020

Two mayors have called on the Government to publish a regional breakdown of the 'R' infection rate for coronavirus.

Leeds chief takes on key contract tracing role

13/05/2020

Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan will take on a key role in the Government’s contact tracing programme in the battle against coronavirus.

Councils urge people to avoid tourist hotspots

12/05/2020

Council leaders and tourism bodies have warned that local residents could be put at risk if people flock to tourist hotspots now the lockdown restrictions have been eased.

Labour's five-point plan to protect renters from eviction

11/05/2020

Labour has published a five-point plan to prevent renters from being evicted during the coronavirus crisis.

Councils warn about surge in virus-related scams

11/05/2020

Council leaders have reported a 40% increase in reported scams since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

Put localism at the heart of recovery, say city leaders

11/05/2020

A centralised ‘command and control approach’ to easing lockdown will not work, city leaders have claimed.

Over one million food boxes delivered to clinically vulnerable

07/05/2020

Local authorities have helped deliver more than one million food boxes to the most clinically vulnerable.

District councils warn 500,000 at risk of homelessness

06/05/2020

Almost 500,000 households are at high risk of becoming homeless as a result of the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, new analysis for the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has revealed.

MPs tell department to 'get a grip' on SEND

05/05/2020

The Department for Education (DfE) does not have a grip on mounting pressure in the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system, a watchdog has found.

Councils warn leisure providers at 'crisis point'

05/05/2020

Leisure providers are at a ‘crisis point’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, English and Welsh councils have warned.

Migrant women left unsupported during crisis, report warns

05/05/2020

Migrant women are at risk of being left without support during the Covid-19 crisis due to ‘hostile’ immigration rules, a new report has warned.

New guidance to help councils deal with complaints during crisis

05/05/2020

Councils and care providers have been reminded to keep responding to complaints during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vulnerable people struggling to access food, watchdog warns

05/05/2020

Vulnerable people are still struggling to access food and basic supplies during the pandemic, a consumer watchdog has warned today.

Councils have supported 90% of rough sleepers during pandemic

04/05/2020

Councils have offered accommodation to 90% of known rough sleepers to keep them safe during the pandemic, the Government has confirmed.

Fly-tipping soars by 300% since lockdown

01/05/2020

Fly-tipping in rural areas has increased by 300% since the lockdown, new analysis has discovered.

Most London pavements too narrow for social distancing, researchers find

01/05/2020

Two-thirds of pavements in London are not wide enough for people to follow social distancing guidelines, new research has found.

Food banks report record level of need

01/05/2020

Food banks have warned they have seen record levels of need as the coronavirus pandemic causes more financial hardship for vulnerable families.

London boroughs call for urgent increase to rateable value threshold

29/04/2020

London Councils has called for the rateable value threshold to be increased to help more businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Councils prepare to reopen recycling sites

29/04/2020

Councils have been asked to make reopening household waste recycling sites a priority by the Government.

Social landlords asked to only allow essential home moves

28/04/2020

Social housing landlords have been asked to pause any non-urgent house moves to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

Councils call for more clarity on special needs duties during pandemic

28/04/2020

Councils have warned they are struggling to deliver statutory support for children with special educational needs and disabilities due to dealing with the demands of coronavirus.

MPs call for urgent action to deal with rise in domestic abuse

27/04/2020

The Government has been urged to take urgent action to prevent and address the rise in domestic abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Warnings that vulnerable children 'hidden from sight' during lockdown

27/04/2020

New local area profiles will help councils identify how many vulnerable children are in their area.

Councils praised for reopening hundreds of parks

27/04/2020

Councils have been praised for reopening around 340 parks and green spaces in the past week.

Councils urged to make cycling and walking safer during lockdown

24/04/2020

Councils have been urged to implement new measures to make it easier for cyclists to abide by social distancing rules during lockdown by Cycling UK.

Councillors show support for remote planning consultations

23/04/2020

Nearly two-thirds of councillors are concerned about the impact Covid-19 will have on planning applications, a new survey has revealed.

MPs launch inquiry into use of electric scooters

22/04/2020

An inquiry looking at the safety and legal implications of e-scooters has been launched by the Transport Committee.

Councils report tensions over Public Right of Way

22/04/2020

A new survey has found 90% of councils have reported increasing tensions between landowners and the public over right of way.

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