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Ministry was 'blind' to council investment risks says watchdog

13/07/2020
Ministers have been blind to the risk of commercial investments by councils, Parliament’s spending watchdog has claimed.

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Chancellor confirms £2bn jobs scheme for young people

08/07/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £2bn ‘kickstart scheme’ for jobs to prevent an entire generation of young people being ‘left behind’.

Millions of voters missing from electoral registers, report warns

08/07/2020

Millions of eligible voters may be missing from electoral registers, a Lords report has warned today.

Planning reforms present 'dangers' for disabled peopled, Lord Holmes warns

07/07/2020

The relaxation of planning rules poses 'serious dangers' for disabled people, Lord Holmes has warned.

Welsh councils call for support over 'devastating' Airbus job losses

07/07/2020

Council leaders in Wales have called for extra support after Airbus cut more than 1,700 jobs across their UK operations.

Charity warns 230,000 renters at risk of 'Covid-eviction'

06/07/2020

Nearly a quarter of a million private renters have fallen into arrears since the pandemic started, a homelessness charity has warned today.

Beach capacity revealed following Bournemouth's major incident

03/07/2020

New analysis of beach capacity has revealed that only 78,000 people can fit onto Bournemouth beach if social distancing guidelines are followed.

Youth unemployment to double this year, warns think tank

03/07/2020

The number of unemployed young people could double this year without government intervention, a think tank has warned today.

Council seeks temporary drinking ban in London Fields Park

03/07/2020

Hackney Council is taking legal action to temporarily ban drinking in London Fields Park after high levels of antisocial behaviour.

County increases scrutiny of its special educational needs services

02/07/2020

Norfolk County Council has agreed to regular scrutiny of its services for children with special educational needs after the ombudsman found it 'failed' the same boy twice.

MPs refuse to back down on Westferry

01/07/2020

MPs have refused to accept the Prime Minister’s attempts to close down questions over Robert Jenrick’s decision on the Westferry Printworks planning application.

Starmer warns coronavirus has created a 'perfect storm' for councils

01/07/2020

The coronavirus crisis and government’s inaction has caused a 'perfect storm' for councils, Keir Starmer will warn later today.

Rent arrears could see homelessness treble this year, campaigners warn

01/07/2020

Homelessness could treble this year due to financial impact of coronavirus, campaigners have warned today.

Trials of e-scooter rentals to be fast-tracked from this weekend

01/07/2020

Local authorities will start hosting the trial of rental e-scooters from this weekend to help ease the burden on public transport as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Research suggests 84,000 fewer homes will be built this year due to Covid-19

30/06/2020

More than 80,000 new homes will not be delivered this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, research has revealed today.

Leicester locks down after surge in coronavirus

30/06/2020

England’s first local lockdown will begin in Leicester this week in a bid to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Councils to prioritise social housing for veterans

29/06/2020

Councils have been told to give priority to members of the Armed Forces and veterans who have poor mental health when allocating social housing.

Leicester could be first city to face local lockdown

29/06/2020

Leicester could be the first place in England to be placed in a local lockdown following a rise in the number of coronavirus cases, the home secretary warned over the weekend.

Approval for Huawei’s £1bn research centre

26/06/2020

Approval has been given to Huawei's new research and development centre in Swaston, Cambridge.

Ombudsman will re-open for complaints about councils from next week

26/06/2020

The ombudsman that investigates problems with local authorities will resume accepting new complaints from next week.

Planning rules relaxed to support outdoor dining

26/06/2020

The Government has temporarily lifted planning rules to allow pubs, restaurants and cafes to serve customers outdoors.

Council declares major incident as thousands flock to beach

26/06/2020

A council was forced to declare a major incident yesterday after thousands of people flocked to the beach on the hottest day of the year.

Rural councils join forces to tackle climate change

25/06/2020

A coalition of 21 rural councils, in partnership with UK100, have launched the Countryside Climate Network this week.

Report warns childcare sector at risk of mass closure

25/06/2020

A quarter of early years providers warn they expect to close within the year due to the impact of coronavirus, a new survey has revealed.

Council criticised over loss of bat habitat

25/06/2020

Warwick District Council failed to consider bat habitats when approving a new development, an ombudsman has found.

Parks are a 'smart investment' argues new report

24/06/2020

Parks save the health service over £2bn a year making them a ‘smart investment’, according to the Parks Alliance (TPA).

Voter ID plans will have a disproportionate impact on BME people, campaigners warn

23/06/2020

Mandatory voter ID plans could bring ‘US-style voter suppression to the UK’, anti-racist and BME organisations have warned today.

Javid urges reorganisation and devolution post-COVID

23/06/2020

Council tax reform and local government reorganisation should both play a part in the post COVID economic recovery, former communities secretary Sajid Javid has said.

Councils call for 100,000 social homes for key worker 'heroes'

22/06/2020

A new report has called for 100,000 social homes to be built each year for health, care and other key workers.

Councils issue warning over test and trace scams

22/06/2020

Councils have warned that criminals are trying to exploit the test and trace system by trying to convince people they must pay for the testing kit.

Council chiefs welcome £1bn Covid school ‘catch up’ package

19/06/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s announcement of a £1bn Covid ‘catch up’ package to tackle the impact of lost teaching time.

Drive to replace dangerous cladding ‘lagging behind’, warn auditors

19/06/2020

Auditors investigating the programme for replacing dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings have found that progress has ‘lagged behind’ expectations.

Teachers call for summer holiday offer to support children

19/06/2020

Teachers have urged the Government to fund councils to help them provide summer activities for children in preparation for a return to school in September.

Paediatricians urge PM to make school reopenings ‘a priority’

18/06/2020

Over 1,500 paediatricians have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister urging him to make the reopening of schools a priority.

Council celebrates ‘landmark’ ruling that will save museums thousands

18/06/2020

Exeter CC has welcomed a landmark ruling over the rateable valuation of a Grade II building in a court decision that could save museums thousands of pounds.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills investment

17/06/2020

Local authority leaders have said they will work with the Government to develop post-Covid economic recovery plans as figures reveal a fall in employment.

PM forced into U-turn on free school meals

16/06/2020

Council chiefs have welcomed the decision to provide a £120m voucher scheme to allow children from the poorest families get free school meals over the summer.

‘Generation of children’ losing out due to lack of lockdown education

16/06/2020

Children who are locked down at home spend an average of 2.5 hours a day doing school work, a new study has revealed.

Councils call for clarity on local lockdowns

16/06/2020

Councils this week called for clarity on the legal powers they will have if they are forced to implement local coronavirus lockdowns.

Councils back evictions ban in face of landlord criticism

15/06/2020

Councils have insisted police powers can still be used to evict perpetrators of domestic violence amid the evictions ban.

More than 50,000 living with dangerous cladding

15/06/2020

There are 56,000 people living in buildings with unsafe Grenfell-style cladding, new analysis has revealed.

Residents face ‘postcode lottery’ when it comes to fire services, union warns

15/06/2020

A third of fire and rescue services would not send sufficient resources to high-rise fires, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned.

Councils call for suspension of No Recourse to Public Funds

12/06/2020

Council leaders have called on the Government to ensure vulnerable people can access support regardless of their immigration status during the pandemic.

Council to remove Robert Baden-Powell statue from Poole

11/06/2020

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council is removing a statue of Robert Baden-Powell today from Poole Quay.

Councils predict one million new low-carbon jobs by 2050

11/06/2020

The low-carbon and renewable energy economy could create nearly 700,000 jobs by 2030 in England, increasing to 1.18 million by 2050, a new report has revealed.

Council leader survives vote of no confidence

10/06/2020

A vote of no confidence in the leader of BCP Council, Cllr Vikki Slade, has failed by one vote.

Councils pledge to review statues in wake of Black Lives Matter protests

10/06/2020

Several councils have promised to review statues, street names and plaques following this week's Black Lives Matter protests.

Councils given extra time to update electoral rolls

10/06/2020

Local authority staff will be given more time to complete this year's annual electoral canvass due to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Councils get new powers to tackle misuse of cycle lanes

10/06/2020

Local authorities will be given the power to use CCTV to fine drivers who misuse mandatory cycle lanes, the Government has announced.

Housing sector at risk of collapse due to Covid-19, think tank warns

10/06/2020

At least 76,000 homes are at risk of not being built this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a think tank has warned today.

Seven out of 10 happy with council support

09/06/2020

Seven out of 10 people are very or fairly satisfied with the way their council is supporting them and their household during the coronavirus pandemic, Local Government Association research has found.

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