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Survey warns housing developments are 'built too quickly'

21/11/2019

Planners and developers are failing to consider the infrastructure needed to support new house building, according to a report produced with the help of architects.

Blueprint for social care reform puts ‘relationships over bureaucracy’

20/11/2019

A new model for social care promises to 'put relationships over bureaucracy'.

Change law to enable volunteers to respond to disasters, Red Cross says

20/11/2019

The British Red Cross is calling for the law to be changed so that voluntary groups are included in planning responses to emergencies and disasters.

Nearly 500,000 children ‘worried’ about mental health

20/11/2019

Almost half a million children who are worried about their feelings or behaviour are not asking anyone for help, according to campaigners.

Manchester embraces recycled eco Christmas lights

19/11/2019

Manchester is claiming to be the first city in the UK to use recycled 'eco' lights for its Christmas display this year.

Third of young people not registered to vote, commission warns

19/11/2019

Young people risk missing their chance to vote unless they register quickly, the Electoral Commission has warned.

Guide to help councils look after people with ‘several health problems’ published

19/11/2019

A new guidebook shows how people with several health problems can best be looked after by local authorities and other agencies working together.

Child poverty in working households up by 800,000, TUC finds

18/11/2019

The number of children growing up in poverty in working households has shot up by 38% since 2010, according to the TUC.

Planners call for stronger direction to tackle climate change

18/11/2019

Stronger direction from the Government and more resources are needed to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, according to town planners.

Calls for 'genuine devolution' by incoming Government

18/11/2019

The chairman of the County Councils Network has called on any new government to implement 'genuine devolution'.

Labour pledges free fast broadband

15/11/2019

A future Labour government will nationalise BT's Openreach operations to provide free full-fibre broadband to every home in the country, the party has announced.

Calls for councils to be given more power over empty properties

15/11/2019

A major union has called for councils to be allowed to take over empty properties to house people on waiting lists.

Temporary accommodation costing councils £1bn a year

15/11/2019

A dramatic increase in the amount of money councils spend on temporary accommodation for the homeless is 'shocking yet entirely preventable', according to leading campaigners.

Children do less exercise as they get older, research reveals

14/11/2019

Primary school children do less exercise as they get older, according to new research.

Food bank use ‘shoots up’ by a quarter in one year

14/11/2019

The number of people using food banks has shot up by nearly a quarter in the last year, according to one of the main providers.

Council offers £10,000 package to attract foreign companies

14/11/2019

Torbay Council in Devon is offering foreign-owned companies up to £10,000 to relocate all or part of their operations to the region.

Library strike ‘longest-running employment dispute of modern times’

13/11/2019

A strike by library workers in Bromley, south east London, is set to enter its sixth month.

Councils in flood-hit areas to receive £500 per affected house

13/11/2019

Local authorities in areas that have experienced flooding will be given £500 for each affected house to help with recovery efforts under the recovery scheme.

London councils ‘fail’ to challenge inequality, campaigners say

13/11/2019

Many London councils are failing to challenge poverty and inequality, according to campaigners.

Council closes property company to focus on building 300 new homes

13/11/2019

An arms-length local authority property company is to be wound up when its first project has been completed in the New Year.

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Challenging rateable values

Roger Messenger calls on councils to assess their entire property portfolio and identify every business rate exemption or relief they may be entitled to.
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