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Stoke-on-Trent warns services may be ‘stripped to the bone’

26/02/2024

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has warned its budget plans rest on a bid to secure an extra £42.2m in Government funding.

Work begins on Oxford traffic filters

26/02/2024

Work has started on a number of streets in Oxford to prepare the way for six traffic filters as part of a trial aimed at reducing traffic in the city.

Sewage pipe failures prompts vote of no confidence

26/02/2024

East Devon District Council has passed a vote of no confidence in a water company after major pipe failures and sewage overflows into the sea.

Chesterfield council welcomes record drugs bust

26/02/2024

Dozens of gang members have been jailed for more than 120 years after a drugs bust in Chesterfield succeeded in disrupting nine county lines gangs.

Plymouth council leader applauds city’s ‘war-time spirit’

26/02/2024

The leader of Plymouth council has applauded the ‘war-time spirit’ of the city’s residents after a Second World War bomb was safely detonated at sea.

Coastal councils raise water quality alarm

22/02/2024

Councils in coastal areas have raised the alarm about the impact on health and tourism caused by the continuing deterioration in coastal water quality.

Mobile connectivity programme costs ‘higher than anticipated’

22/02/2024

The Government’s programme for expanding 4G mobile connectivity across 95% of the UK by 2025 is behind schedule and is costing more than anticipated.

Over 10,000 children missing from education system

22/02/2024

Local authorities in England have no idea what has happened to over 10,000 children who have left state education.

Council to revisit how it calculated allowances to 300 families

21/02/2024

An investigation has revealed that Devon County Council has been calculating incorrectly allowances for families who look after children as special guardians.

Union urges prospective MPs to back national care service

21/02/2024

Election candidates in the forthcoming general election are being urged to support the creation of a new national care service in England.

Rowley: Councils must do more to improve high-rise safety

21/02/2024

Housing minister Lee Rowley has called on councils to do more to tackle building owners who fail to fix high-rise buildings in the wake of Grenfell tragedy.

Newcastle signs off on £15m spending cuts

21/02/2024

Newcastle City Council’s cabinet has approved budget proposals that will see spending cut by £15m over the next year.

Bristol councillors fail to approve budget

21/02/2024

Councillors have failed to agree on Bristol City Council’s proposed budget, which included a 4.99% council tax increase and more than £24m of cuts.

Oxford leader slams Gove’s short-term lets plan

21/02/2024

Oxford City Council has criticised the Government’s proposals to limit short-term lets arguing that they ‘fall a long way short of what's needed’.

Orkney names Scotland's youngest council leader

21/02/2024

Orkney Islands Council has appointed Cllr Heather Woodbridge as Scotland's youngest local authority leader.

Thurrock bin crews trapped wheelchair user

20/02/2024

Bin crews in Thurrock have repeatedly trapped a disabled woman in her home by not returning her bins to the proper place, ombudsman finds.

Levelling up requires ‘meaningful’ devolution, business group says

20/02/2024

Business leaders have called for ‘meaningful decision-making powers’ to be devolved to local authorities to help boost left-behind regions.

Brum set to sell off £750m of assets

20/02/2024

Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council is set to sell off £750m of assets and cut spending on services by £300m in an effort to balance the books.

Gove: Short-term lets to require planning permission

19/02/2024

Second-home owners will have to seek planning permission for future short-term lets, the Government has announced.

Council chiefs call for review of Ukrainian refugee scheme

19/02/2024

Council leaders have called for an urgent review of funding for Ukrainian refugees as 9,000 have reported as homeless and more need longer-term support.

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