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London council to bring housing services back in-house

09/12/2022

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

Gove to sign devolution deals for Norfolk and Suffolk

08/12/2022

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

Poor health 'undermining UK economy' think tank warns

08/12/2022

Mental health problems are the most common reason for people being unable to work new research has revealed.

Number of recorded smokers reaches all-time low

06/12/2022

The number of people smoking has fallen to 13% in 2021, the lowest level on record, official figures have revealed.

Call for councils to have more control over holiday let sector

06/12/2022

Local councils should be given greater powers to control the second home and holiday let sector after figures show 29 homes are lost a day to this area, campaigners have said.

Liverpool signs deal for £70m Littlewoods project

04/12/2022

The developers behind the £70m Littlewoods project have signed a deal with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Liverpool City Council to kick start the project.

Warning of 'last minute dash' to find care placements for children

18/11/2022

Local authorities are being forced to make a ‘last minute dash’ to find homes for children coming into care due to a lack of suitable accommodation, a report has warned today.

UK doubles number of 'A List' cities praised for action on climate change

18/11/2022

The UK has managed to double the number of cities that have been named as leaders in environmental action and transparency in 2022.

Autumn Statement: £1bn extension to Household Support Fund

17/11/2022

Local authorities will receive £1bn of funding to ensure vulnerable households are supported through the cost of living crisis, the chancellor has announced today.

Autumn Statement: Social housing rent rise capped at 7%

17/11/2022

Social landlords could see losses of £4.9bn in rental income over the next five years after the chancellor confirmed rents will be capped at 7% next year in his Autumn Statement.

Ombudsman speeds up investigations after mould caused death of toddler

17/11/2022

The Housing Ombudsman has expedited three investigations into Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) after a coroner ruled a toddler died as a result from exposure to mould in his home.

Councils could be forced to hike council tax by 20% over next two years

16/11/2022

Council leaders are warning council tax must rise by 20% over the next two years in order to meet ‘spiralling’ financial costs.

Report sets out 'oven-ready' plan to help reduce energy bills by £1,500 per year

16/11/2022

Campaigners have set out proposals to redesign an existing government scheme to reduce the energy bills for some of the most vulnerable households in the country.

Council faces prosecution following death of 6-year-old Ella Henderson

16/11/2022

Newcastle City Council will be prosecuted following the death of six-year-old Ella Henderson, who was hit by a falling tree at school.

Council to bid for new traffic enforcement powers

15/11/2022

Sheffield Council is to apply to the Government for new traffic enforcement powers to stop drivers making illegal manoeuvres.

Majority of directors warn needs of older and disabled people will not be met this winter

15/11/2022

The majority of councils do not have the funding or staff to meet the care needs of older and disabled people this winter, a new survey has warned today.

Lack of support puts local authority action on climate change at risk, says report

14/11/2022

The Government is failing to support local authority action on climate change and nature, according to a new report.

Ministers urged to break the link between drugs and deprivation

14/11/2022

Around 1,600 drug-related deaths could be prevented in the North and Scotland if the Government ensures drugs policy reform is included in levelling up plans, a think tank has argued today.

Record number of children seeking help from councils for mental health problems

14/11/2022

The number of children with mental health problems being seen by social workers has reached record levels, new analysis has revealed.

Investment in youth work saves Government up to £3.2bn per year, research finds

11/11/2022

The annual investment of up to £1bn in youth services saves the Government as much as £3.2bn per year, according to new research.

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