Politics and Policy

Sturgeon unveils lockdown restrictions for every Scottish council

30/10/2020
Each council in Scotland has been told which coronavirus level they have been placed in, with none facing the toughest restrictions.

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Rural homelessness doubles in past two years, campaigners warn

28/10/2020

Homelessness in rural areas has more than doubled since 2018, new research from campaigners has warned.

Baroness Lawrence calls for urgent action to tackle structural racial inequalities

27/10/2020

Structural racism meant Black, Asian and minority ethnic people were disproportionately affected by the COVID pandemic, a new review has warned.

Seven areas across England set to receive nearly £180m investment

27/10/2020

Communities in seven areas across England are set to benefit from up to £178.7m in new Town Deals, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.

Blue wall rebels call for economic kickstart

27/10/2020

Northern Tory MPs led by the former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry have urged their government to kickstart its promised ‘levelling up’ agenda with a Northern Economic Recovery Plan.

New guidance to prevent care leavers becoming homeless

26/10/2020

Councils have been urged to identity care leavers that are at risk of becoming homeless, in new guidance published today.

Police make first Grenfell arrest

26/10/2020

Detectives investigating the fire have arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Councils gain COVID enforcement powers

23/10/2020

Councils are to be given new powers to issue businesses with improvement notices and close premises if they breach coronavirus restrictions.

Charity warns parents are struggling to cover school food costs

23/10/2020

Nearly one million children are living in households that are struggling to afford to feed their children during a school day, according to a new survey.

London council fines two rogue landlords £110,500

22/10/2020

Islington Council has fined two landlords £110,500 for providing dangerous and sub-standard housing.

Capacity for 1.3 million homes on brownfield land, campaigners reveal

21/10/2020

There is enough brownfield land to deliver 1.3 million new homes, new analysis has revealed.

Calls to pause enforcement of council tax arrears in Tier 3 areas

21/10/2020

Local authorities in Tier 3 areas should not be required to enforce the collection of council tax debts, argues Citizens Advice.

Nearly one million children set to lose free school meals over holidays

21/10/2020

Nearly one million children living in areas that are subject to Tier 2 and 3 coronavirus restrictions are set to lose access to free school meals over the holidays, a new analysis has revealed.

Greater Manchester will move into Tier 3 as talks collapse

20/10/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Greater Manchester will head into Tier 3 restrictions on Friday after talks with local leaders broke up without a deal.

Reorganisation battle lines drawn over think-tank report

20/10/2020

The bitter war of words between counties and districts over reorganisation stepped up this week as battle lines were drawn around a new think-tank report.

Wales to introduce coronavirus 'firebreak'

20/10/2020

A two-week 'firebreak' will be introduced in Wales this Friday to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

MPs call for ‘starter payment’ to support new UC claimants

19/10/2020

A starter payment should be made to people claiming Universal Credit (UC) for the first time to ensure that they have enough money for the basics, MPs say.

Labour calls for free school meals to be provided during holidays

19/10/2020

Labour has thrown its weight behind a petition urging the Government to extend the provision of free school meals during holidays by threatening to force a vote in the Commons.

Greater Manchester's mayor will not 'roll over' on COVID cash

19/10/2020

Greater Manchester’s standoff with government on moving to new tier three COVID-19 restrictions continues today, with mayor Andy Burham saying he will not ‘roll over’ at the sight of a cheque.

Counties warn of test and trace ‘missed opportunity’

16/10/2020

Calls for more support for local contact tracing have been redoubled after the national system’s success rate plummeted.

Over 200 more heritage sites now 'at risk'

16/10/2020

More heritage sites have been added to the 'at risk' register than the number that have been saved this year, an annual register has warned.

Welsh councils given new powers to buy empty homes

16/10/2020

Councils in Wales will be allowed to compulsory purchase empty houses and vacant land under new planning rules.

Welsh councils to get pavement parking enforcement powers

15/10/2020

Councils in Wales could have greater powers to prevent pavement parking by 2022 after ministers backed recommendations from an independent taskforce.

London council to improve Blue Badge assessments

15/10/2020

Harrow Council has been told to improve the way it assesses Blue Badge and Freedom Pass applications after an investigation found a number of faults with its processes.

Sheffield council apologises for ‘numerous problems’ with tree felling scheme

15/10/2020

Sheffield City Council has issued an apology after a report from the local government Ombudsman found ‘numerous problems’ with the way it removed trees in 2016.

Manchester leaders unite to oppose Tier 3 restrictions

15/10/2020

Local leaders across Greater Manchester have rejected plans to put the region into Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.

Leeds set to scrap Clean Air Zone but could keep ANPR

14/10/2020

Leeds City Council is set to scrap its planned Clean Air Zone (CAZ) after businesses switched to cleaner vehicles in anticipation but is considering repurposing the vehicle tracking technology installed for the scheme.

Starmer calls for ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown

14/10/2020

Labour leader Keir Starmer has urged the Government to follow the advice of their scientific advisers and bring in a short lockdown of two or three weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Record number of spaces achieve Green Flag Awards

14/10/2020

A record number of parks and green spaces have been recognised in this year's Green Flag Awards.

London council hit by ‘serious’ cyber attack

14/10/2020

Hackney Council has been the target of a ‘serious cyber attack’ that has affected its IT systems and services.

Child poverty has risen most in Northern areas and Midlands, research finds

14/10/2020

Child poverty has risen fastest in parts of the Midlands and Northern towns and cities in the past four years, new research has revealed.

Luton Council unable to take action against councillors breaching lockdown rules

13/10/2020

Luton council has expressed its ‘disappointment’ after it was unable to formally sanction three councillors who broke coronavirus lockdown rules in July.

Universal Credit does not cover ‘basic day to day living costs’, campaigners say

13/10/2020

Four in five people claiming Universal Credit do not have enough money to cover rent, food and bills, shocking new research reveals.

Millions more of fraud and overpayments detected in Wales

13/10/2020

An extra £2.7m in fraud and overpayments has been identified in Wales after several local authorities started comparing council tax single persons discount with the electoral register, a report has found.

AA highlights local road spend disparity

12/10/2020

The AA has accused some councils in England of doing ‘next to nothing’ by way of maintenance on their road network.

Nearly one million children sign up for free school meals

12/10/2020

Around 900,000 children have newly registered for free school meals this Autumn, according to the Food Foundation.

Council leaders recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

12/10/2020

Council leaders and staff have been recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their services to local government.

Charity calls for improvements to adoption process to encourage black adopters

12/10/2020

An adoption charity has called for improvements to the adoption assessment process in order to encourage more members of the black community to become adoptive parents.

Birmingham to launch Clean Air Zone in June 2021

09/10/2020

Birmingham City Council has confirmed the government-mandated Clean Air Zone is now scheduled to launch on 1 June 2021.

Warning that homeless people will die this winter without action

08/10/2020

The Government has been urged to provide self contained accommodation for homeless people this winter to protect them from coronavirus by charities and health bodies.

MPs to examine how Whitehall can ensure effective devolution

08/10/2020

A new inquiry examining how to improve the effectiveness of devolution in England has been launched by MPs.

Government 'likely' to miss full fibre broadband 2025 target

07/10/2020

A Government promise to deliver full fibre broadband to every home by 2025 is likely to be missed unless ministers make radical changes to telecoms policy, think tank warns.

Planning reforms risk delivery of affordable homes, council chiefs warn

07/10/2020

Communities could have missed out on 30,000 affordable homes in the past five years if proposed Government planning reforms were in place, local leaders warn.

Call for evidence on appointing Air Quality Partners

06/10/2020

The Government has launched a call for evidence on which public bodies should help local authorities to tackle air pollution.

Social home shortage fuelling housing crisis, charity warns

06/10/2020

A ‘disastrous’ lack of social homes has caused a housing emergency in England, a charity has warned today.

Levelling up agenda would add £242bn to economy each year, research finds

05/10/2020

Successfully delivering on the levelling agenda would boost the economy by £242bn a year, new research has argued today.

'Dramatic' fall in London's air pollution since 2016, data shows

05/10/2020

Despite dramatic improvements in London's air quality since 2016, air pollution is still a major public health challenge, new data has revealed.

Greater Manchester mayor calls for consultation on ‘three tier’ COVID-19 restrictions

05/10/2020

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has called on the Government to open negotiations with mayors and local leaders on the leaked ‘three tiers’ policy paper concerning COVID-19 restrictions.

Aberdeen named council of the year at MJ Awards

02/10/2020

Aberdeen City Council has been named Local Authority of the Year in The MJ’s first virtual local government awards.

Mayor 'rejects' government lockdown restrictions

02/10/2020

Middlesbrough Mayor, Andy Preston, has said he doesn't accept the new lockdown measures being imposed by the Government as they are based on ignorance and factual inaccuracies.

Transport Committee backs e-scooter roll-out

02/10/2020

MPs have given qualified backing to the legalisation of electric scooters, including privately owned ones, but warned that this should not be to the detriment of pedestrians.

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