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Garden Communities set to deliver over 400,000 homes

09/12/2019

Garden city developments are set to deliver over 400,000 new homes, the equivalent to a city the size of Birmingham, new research has revealed.

Council’s homelessness service suffers ‘serious weaknesses’

09/12/2019

A housing regulator has launched an inquiry to investigate ‘serious weaknesses’ in Glasgow City Council’s service for people who are homeless.

Court rules adoption service ‘discriminated against’ couple

09/12/2019

A court has awarded a couple £120,000 in damages after their local adoption service turned them away because of their Indian heritage.

Council chiefs warn of ‘fake toys’ danger

09/12/2019

Local authority leaders have warned people to be careful of counterfeit toys and suspect online sellers in the run up to Christmas following recent seizures of harmful products.

Decade of austerity sees dramatic drop in library spending

06/12/2019

Ten years of cuts to public services has seen a nearly 30% drop in library spending, new research has revealed.

New figures reveal exercise inequalities

06/12/2019

Children from less affluent families are less likely to participate in physical activity than their wealthier peers.

Leeds council set to launch inquiry into the use of fireworks

06/12/2019

A local authority has decided to hold an inquiry into the use of fireworks after receiving complaints about residents setting them off on regular occasions.

Number of children in care nearly hits 80,000

06/12/2019

A charity has called on the next Government to invest more in the care system as new figures reveal the number of children in care has risen to nearly 80,000.

Majority of people support tax rises to solve social care crisis

06/12/2019

Two thirds of people want tax increases to pay for health and social care, a new poll has revealed.

Charity warns of ‘Christmas childhood crisis’

06/12/2019

Three children in every primary class face Christmas without warmth or fresh food, a children’s charity has warned.

£131m sea defences given the go-ahead

05/12/2019

Permission for sea defences in Portsmouth has been granted in what has been described as an ‘important milestone’ for the city's flood protection measures.

Air pollution like smoking 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns

05/12/2019

People living in areas that have high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of death equivalent to smoking over 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns.

Council fined over £1m after child suffers ‘life-changing head injury'

05/12/2019

Hampshire County Council has been fined £1.4m after a child suffered a head injury caused by an unsecured street bollard.

Students urge Whitehall to lower voting age to 16

05/12/2019

Student representatives have called on the next UK Government to follow Wales and Scotland in lowering the voting age to 16.

Khan urged to make transport ‘fairer’ for Londoners on low incomes

04/12/2019

A think tank has called on Mayor Khan to make public transport more affordable for lower-income residents in London.

Colourful bins have ‘significant impact’ on recycling

04/12/2019

A pilot scheme aimed at boosting recycling in Leeds city centre has seen 1.2 million coffee cups recycled in one year.

Sky announces plans for ‘state-of-the-art’ studio in Elstree

04/12/2019

Sky’s plans to build a 32-acre TV and film studio at Elstree could lead to 2000 new jobs for the local economy, the telecommunications company says.

Major parties ‘fall short’ on social care funding commitments

04/12/2019

None of the three major parties have pledged enough in social care funding to fix the ongoing crisis in care provision, a health think tank has concluded.

Scottish residents ‘excited’ about digitisation

03/12/2019

Eight in 10 Scottish citizens believe their local councils should embrace a wider range of digital technologies, a poll has revealed.

Party commitments on council funding ‘starkly’ different, think tank says

03/12/2019

Money allocated to local government in the Conservative manifesto would not be enough to meet rising costs over the next parliament, think tank says.

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