More areas get level four devolution powers

West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the Liverpool city region will all receive level four devolved powers, local government secretary Michael Gove has announced.

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Flying Scotsman returns home for centenary


Flying Scotsman, the most famous steam locomotive in the world, is heading back to its birthplace of Doncaster, the city where it was built a century ago.

Thanet opens first new station in 100 years


Thanet’s first new railway station in nearly a century, Thanet Parkway, is now open to the public.

Gas boiler ban risks increase in fuel poverty


A proposed ban on gas central heating boilers would push many people in the countryside into fuel poverty, according to industry figures.

Councils should become primary provider of childcare, survey finds


Councils should become the primary provider of state-subsidised childcare designed to get parents back to work and boost productivity, a new survey has found.

Family hubs receive £300m boost


Thousands of parents and children are set to benefit from a £300m investment in family hubs across England, the Government today announced.

Council to buy 50 homes to support refugees


Birmingham City Council is planning to buy up to 50 homes to provide temporary accommodation for displaced Afghans and Ukrainians.

Westminster council unveils cost-of-living crisis budget


Westminster City Council has unveiled a budget aimed at helping residents hit by the cost-of-living crisis.

Beavers reintroduced to London borough of Ealing


Ealing is set to welcome beavers back to the borough for the first time in four centuries in a major council-supported reintroduction project.

Leicestershire council to convert its office into hotel


A Leicestershire council is planning to turn parts of its office into a hotel because staff working from home means less space is needed.

Councils invited to bid for share of £200m active travel fund


The Department for Transport has launched a £200m fund to boost walking and cycling but council chiefs have criticised the use of competitive bids as ‘costly’.

DfE supports proposals to help vulnerable children


Local authorities might soon be able to draw on the support of regional bodies to help them find suitable placements for children, the DfE says.

Council launches £120,000 poverty grant scheme


Central Bedfordshire Council is launching a grant scheme to help local charities and voluntary groups which support people in poverty.

Northern councils sign up to ‘blockbuster’ film scheme


A dozen councils in the North East have signed up to a scheme to help film and TV companies work in the region.

Councils tackle mould following regulator’s warning


Councils are tackling damp and mould in their social housing following a request by the regulator to show they were taking action.

Commissioner ‘optimistic’ about council’s future


A Government-appointed commissioner says he is optimistic about Liverpool City Council's future despite warnings of ‘considerable uncertainty’ ahead.

Council launches net zero tourism network


A new network has been launched to promote collaborative, climate-friendly tourism in East Devon, the local council has announced.

WMCA to spend £15m improving ‘sub-standard’ social housing


The West Midlands Combined Authority is planning to spend £15m improving some of the region’s most dilapidated and unhealthy social housing.

Three quarters of Hackney streets to become LTNs


Hackney is set to ban most vehicles from most of its roads in what it says is ‘the country’s most ambitious plan’ for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) so far.

Seven bids win £30m decarbonisation cash


Ministers have announced the seven projects that will receive a share of £30m under the ADEPT Live Labs 2: Decarbonising Local Roads programme.

Council's £100m fight against potholes pays off


Gloucestershire County Council’s plan to spend £100m over four years improving the quality of its roads is already paying off, the highway authority has said.

Manchester council welcomes £440m airport investment


Manchester City Council’s leader has welcomed the announcement of a £440m investment into Manchester Airport.

South Gloucestershire Council approves new railway station


South Gloucestershire Council yesterday granted planning permission for a new railway station that will connect up new developments in the Bristol area.

Council leaders welcome backing for Pan Regional Partnership


Oxfordshire council leaders have welcomed the Government’s decision to back a locally-led partnership for the Oxford to Cambridge region.

First ever qualification for homelessness workforce launched


The first ever accredited qualification for the homelessness workforce has been launched to help frontline staff develop their skills.

Nottingham adds AI to traffic management tech


Nottingham CC has partnered technology company VivaCity to install 219 sensors with a mix of ANPR, traffic monitoring and Smart Signal Control systems.

Multi-million-pound contract to speed up Cornwall broadband


Residents in rural Cornwall are set to benefit from faster broadband after local supplier Wildanet was awarded a £36m contract to roll out new connections.

Council to monitor LGBT+ staff pay gap


Oxford City Council is set to begin monitoring the gap in pay between its LGBT+ staff and non-LGBT+ staff.

Gloucestershire councils sign net zero agreement


Local authorities in Gloucestershire have joined forces to reduce transport emissions and achieve net zero goals.

Scottish regeneration projects to receive £27m


Regeneration projects in disadvantaged and rural communities across Scotland are set to receive a share of almost £27m of funding, Holyrood announces.

Edinburgh first Scottish city to endorse plant-based diet


Edinburgh Council has become the first Scottish city and first European capital to endorse an initiative aimed at tackling emissions from animal agriculture.

Second round of £180m brownfield fund announced


Local authorities across England are now able to bid for a share of a £60m fund dedicated to reviving brownfield sites, the Government announced today.

Council’s wavy road marking scheme branded ‘bizarre’


A local authority in Somerset has defended itself against accusations that its new road safety scheme is ‘bizarre’ and could prove to be a risk to drivers.

Council chiefs welcome call to address creative skills ‘blind spot’


Council leaders have welcomed a call for a Government focus on fixing the educational ‘blind spots' and digital skills shortage impacting creative industries.

Mayor Khan announces £7m to tackle drug violence


More than £7m will go towards helping the Met tackle drug-related violence, the Mayor of London has announced.

Yorkshire local councils consulted on new parish charter


Parish and town councils across Yorkshire are to be asked for their views on a charter that will help define how they work with the North Yorkshire Council.

Tees Valley culture sector receives nearly £600,000


The culture sector in the north east is set to receive a boost of over half a million pounds, the Tees Valley Combined Authority has announced.

Deal reached on North East devolution package


Details of a proposed mayoral devolution deal for the North East of England have been released.

Over £8.5m made available to tackle veteran homelessness


More than £8.5m of funding has been announced to help ensure no veteran is forced to sleep rough over Christmas.

Council proposes stopping council tax for poorer families


Stafford Borough Council is proposing changes to its local council tax reduction scheme which will mean some families will pay no council tax next year.

Three communities receive £30m to deliver low carbon heat


Three communities are set to benefit from £30m of funding to deliver low carbon heat, the Government has announced.

Iconic London landmarks to be powered by solar farm


London landmarks including Tower Bridge and Hampstead Heath are set to be powered by renewable electricity from a new solar farm in Dorset.

Over 20 councils receive housing support from LGA


Twenty-one councils have been successful in their applications for the Local Government Association’s (LGA) 2022/23 Housing Advisers Programme (HAP).

Think tank calls for £14.5bn ‘city innovation zones’


A think tank has called on the Government to invest £14.5bn to build ‘city innovation zones’ in Birmingham, Glasgow, and Manchester.

Local enforcement teams to get £8m boost


Council enforcement teams are set to receive a multi-million-pound boost to help them pursue freeholders who have yet to start cladding repairs.

Manchester introduces post-COVID ‘toursim tax’


Visitors to Manchester will be required to pay a ‘tourism tax’ as part of a new initiative to support the city’s accommodation sector after Brexit and COVID.

Dozens of pubs saved by nearly £7m boost


More than 30 pubs, clubs, theatres and other venues at risk of closure have been placed in the hands of local people thanks to £6.67m of levelling up funding.

London council to bring housing services back in-house


Lewisham Council has approved plans to take back control of housing management services from Lewisham Homes.

Staffordshire councils to save £1.2m sharing services


Councillors at two Staffordshire councils have approved plans that will see them share nearly all of their services.

Gove to sign devolution deals for Norfolk and Suffolk


Devolution deals are to be signed in Suffolk and Norfolk giving them over £1bn to invest in their communities, the Government has announced.

Veolia completes £2bn SUEZ UK sale


Veolia has announced the completion of its sale of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK back to the French-owned Suez.

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