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Dashboard compares healthy life expectancy across councils

10/04/2024

A data tool to compare healthy life expectancy across all councils in England has been launched by The Health Foundation.

PAC: New housing continues to be built in high risk areas

17/01/2024

More than half of councils rarely or never inspect a new housing development to check compliance with flood risk planning conditions, new PAC report says.

NCASC: Social care 'doing a good job' getting investment

01/12/2023

Those working in adult social care are ‘already doing a very good job at getting investment and commitments to reform’, government minister Helen Whately says.

Town halls still battling cost hikes

24/11/2023

Councils are continuing to battle with the impact of cost increases on budgets despite consumer inflation falling, says leader of England’s county treasurers.

Chiefs' new professional development framework launched

17/10/2023

The first version of a new professional development framework to keep local government chief executives ‘ahead of the game’ has been launched.

Gove pledges to halt council four-day weeks

02/10/2023

Michael Gove has pledged to stop local authorities from implementing a four-day week and said councils could face budget cuts if they adopt one.

Kensington & Chelsea launches standards drawn up with residents

28/09/2023

Kensington and Chelsea LBC has become the first council to publish service standards co-designed with residents as part of its continuing response to the Grenfell tragedy.

Call for national mental health support team rollout

21/09/2023

A top children’s services director has called for the ‘very highly regarded’ mental health support teams (MHST) model to be rolled out across the country.

Government rejects call for local net zero delivery duty

06/06/2023

The Government has rejected calls from the Liberal Democrats for local authorities to have a statutory duty to deliver net zero.

MP hits out at council's proposals to extend four-day trial

15/05/2023

A Conservative MP hit out at proposals by a council to approve an extension to a four-day week after a trial found improvements to productivity and wellbeing.

Report shows stark variations in levelling up funding

25/04/2023

Competitive bidding has led to a £0.5bn gap in levelling up cash between the best and least funded combined authorities, according to new analysis.

Lincolnshire districts back unitary idea

28/03/2023

A partnership of three district councils has backed the idea of becoming a unitary to help secure a Lincolnshire-wide devolution deal.

Think-tank calls for Local Resilience Act

10/11/2022

A Local Resilience Act is needed to mitigate the impact of climate change and extreme weather conditions, think-tank has urged.

Mini-Budget: Government in 'early discussions' on Investment Zones

23/09/2022

The Government is in ‘early discussions with nearly 40 places’ including Tees Valley and the West Midlands about creating new Investment Zones offering tax cuts for businesses, the chancellor has confirmed.

£1.14bn East Midlands devo deal agreed

30/08/2022

A landmark £1.14bn devolution deal for a new combined county authority (CCA) is on offer for the East Midlands, to include a new elected regional mayor.

Unleash wave of mayoral devo, says think tank

20/06/2022

A report from the centre right Onward think tank has urged the Government to step back from ‘micromanaging’ England’s cities and counties and unleash a wave of mayoral devolution.

EXCLUSIVE: Government 'risks battle' on moving districts' functions without consent

17/05/2022

Districts will push to change the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill to ensure their functions cannot move to new combined county authorities (CCAs) without their consent, The MJ understands.

Centre has 'poor understanding' of what works on local growth, says NAO expert

16/05/2022

A large proportion of government spending is ‘not robustly evaluated’ and there is poor understanding by the centre about which approaches to local economic growth work best, says an expert from the National Audit Office.

ADASS: More than half a million people now waiting for social care

13/05/2022

Over half a million people are waiting for social care and there has been a dramatic increase in the number of hours of home care that could not be delivered.

Queen's speech: Government brings back measures to stop protestors 'locking on'

10/05/2022

Boris Johnson’s government will bring back measures thrown out by the House of Lords in January to stop protesters ‘locking on’ to infrastructure.

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