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Eastleigh BC permits airport expansion planning application

12/04/2021

Eastleigh Borough Council has decided to permit the planning application to extend Southampton Airport’s runway.

Councils urged to make off-site affordable housing a higher priority

08/04/2021

A greater emphasis needs to be placed on delivering affordable housing through off-site allocations, a new report says.

Majority of new homes classed as energy efficient, figures reveal

07/04/2021

The majority of new homes in England are in the most energy efficient bands, according to the latest official figures.

COVID passports have ‘significant implications’ for councils

06/04/2021

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to work closely with councils on the COVID-19 status certification proposals because of the impact they will have on local enforcement and other areas.

Family services offered share of £4m to support conflict resolution

06/04/2021

Local authorities are now able to bid for a share of a £3.87m funding pot to help family services resolve conflicts between parents.

Pre-paid card firms supplying councils acted ‘as a cartel’, regulator says

01/04/2021

Three out of five firms that issue councils with pre-paid cards have admitted to breaching competition rules and agreed to pay penalties totalling over £32m.

Councils taking ‘too long’ to pay support grants to businesses

01/04/2021

The Government has written to the leaders of 314 councils in England urging them to pay out grants money to local businesses more quickly.

UC claimants given access to longer work-related training

01/04/2021

An initiative aimed at increasing access to training for UC claimants will see an extension to the time people can receive UC during work-focused study.

‘Left behind’ neighbourhoods isolated by poor public transport

01/04/2021

People living in ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods are cut off from urban centres and services due to poor public transport and low car ownership, new report finds.

County council chiefs welcome new Northamptonshire authorities

01/04/2021

County council leaders have welcomed two new unitary authorities which officially came into existence today in Northamptonshire.

Only half of people in the UK with COVID symptoms self-isolate, study finds

01/04/2021

Local authority leaders have described as ‘concerning’ a study revealing that levels of adherence to test, trace, and isolate COVID-19 rules are low.

Summer school guidance published

31/03/2021

New guidance for secondary schools to help progress plans for summer schools once they return from the Easter break has been published.

Surge testing in Bolton announced

31/03/2021

Additional testing is being deployed in Bolton where one case of the COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa has been identified.

Notts leader warns residents to stick to social distancing rules

31/03/2021

The leader of Nottingham City Council yesterday called on residents to stick to social distancing rules as lockdown restrictions are eased.

MPs call for ‘coherent exit plan’ to protect private renters

31/03/2021

The Government should establish a system of financial support for renters who have amassed significant rent arrears during the COVID-19 pandemic, MPs say.

Government announces £2.4m to support charities during pandemic

31/03/2021

The Government has announced £2.4m of funding for thirteen charities that help autistic people, disabled people and those with a learning disability.

Controversial planning laws threaten to do ‘more harm than good’

31/03/2021

New planning laws coming into force today will allow commercial premises to be converted into homes without requiring a full planning application.

Cost of youth unemployment forecast to be £7bn

30/03/2021

A new study has warned that the economic cost of youth unemployment is forecast to rise to £6.9bn in 2022.

Council reassures residents after Avian Flu detected on farm

30/03/2021

A one kilometre restriction zone has been set up around a poultry farm in Tarporley as Cheshire West and Chester Council respond to an outbreak of Avian Flu.

Tobacco industry could be forced to pay £40m bill to collect littered butts

30/03/2021

Tobacco companies could be forced to pay for the litter created by cigarettes, the Government has announced.

Time for a council tax precept to fund CCTV image

Time for a council tax precept to fund CCTV

The crisis in funding for CCTV systems is not being addressed by the government or the police and is leading to the curtailment of this vital service in local authorities across the country. How can we ensure that communities that want this service continue to receive it, asks Tom Reeve.
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