Laura Sharman

New guidelines are failing to boost number of homes, research finds

24/01/2020

Measures designed to boost housebuilding by councils have actually had the opposite effect, according to planning consultants’ Lichfields.

Glasgow set for 20mph speed limit

23/01/2020

Glasgow City Council has approved plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit across most of its roads.

Council made ‘serious unsubstantiated’ allegations about asylum seeker

23/01/2020

An investigation has found Sandwell Council made ‘serious and unsubstantiated’ allegations about a vulnerable woman seeking asylum.

Council clamps down on idling drivers by removing coach parking spots

23/01/2020

Westminster City Council is removing prime parking spots for coaches after drivers ignored previous warnings to turn off their engines while parked.

Universal Credit causing 'debt and destitution' charity warns

23/01/2020

Universal Credit is driving vulnerable people to use loan sharks, a debt charity has warned today.

Unions blast 'unnecessary' delay to council staff pay rise decision

23/01/2020

Trade unions have criticised employers for failing to make a pay offer to local government staff yet.

Approval given for council's landlord licensing scheme

22/01/2020

A large-scale selective licensing scheme in Waltham Forest has been approved by the Government.

Councils 'coming up short' in helping self-builders, say campaigners

22/01/2020

Campaigners have accused some councils of using 'dirty tricks' to stop people from building their own home.

Dementia patients being 'stranded' in hospitals

22/01/2020

More than 1,000 people with dementia are being admitted into A&E every day, new data has revealed.

Norfolk conducts major review to improve safeguarding practices

22/01/2020

A new task force will be set up in Norfolk to improve safeguarding across the county.

Short-term lets are ‘growing out of control’ in London

22/01/2020

London Councils has warned that one in every 50 homes in the capital are now being let on a short-term basis, depriving people of permanent accommodation.

Commission calls for action on ‘unequal risk of mental ill health’

21/01/2020

Some groups of people have a much higher risk of poor mental health than others, the Commission for Equality in Mental Health has found.

New housing developments slammed for 'mediocre and poor' design

21/01/2020

Three-quarters of new housing developments should not have been approved due to their ‘poor’ or ‘mediocre’ design, a new report from campaigners has found.

Funding doubles for residential charge points

21/01/2020

Funding for on-street charge points has been doubled to help end the ‘postcode lottery’ for the uptake of electric vehicles.

Universal Credit creating ‘a complex mix of winners and losers’

21/01/2020

The impact Universal Credit is having on different parts of the country is being ‘ignored’ a think tank has warned today.

Manchester becomes 'early adopter' of Hackitt Review

20/01/2020

Manchester City Council has joined three other councils to become an ‘early adopter’ of the recommendations made in the Hackitt Review.

Village halls secure refurbishment funding

20/01/2020

The Government has awarded £1.2m to refurbish village halls in the past year.

Councils warned to cover foster carers’ school transport costs

17/01/2020

Councils have been reminded by the local government ombudsman that they should be providing financial support to foster parents to pay for school transport.

Think tank warns red tape is ‘strangling’ the high street

17/01/2020

National planning guidelines and local plans are failing to revitalise the high street, a new report by a think tank has warned.

Councils secure funding to tackle criminal landlords

17/01/2020

Councils across England are to share more than £4m to target criminal landlords and letting agents.

Revolutionising mental health image

Revolutionising mental health

Cllr Jasmine Ali explains how Southwark Council is putting plans into action to revolutionise children’s mental health in Southwark.
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