Politics and Policy

Fear of homelessness keeping women in ‘dangerous situations’, report finds

17/10/2019
Almost half of women fleeing secure tenancies said that fear of becoming homeless had been a barrier to leaving their abuser, a new study has revealed.

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Queen's Speech 19: Whitehall unveils major infrastructure and rail plans

14/10/2019

The Queen's Speech pledges infrastructure strategy, aviation bill and proposals for rail reform.

Queen's Speech 19: Voter ID requirement at elections to be rolled out

14/10/2019

The Queen’s Speech has set out the Government’s plans to require voters to show photographic ID at polling stations.

Queen's Speech 19: Brexit, health and devo at the heart of Government plans

14/10/2019

Brexit, the NHS and devolution are at the heart of the next round of Government legislation as outlined in the first Queen’s Speech today.

Queen's Speech 19: Councils promised new powers to tackle pollution

14/10/2019

The Queen’s Speech promised an Environment Bill which will establish a ‘world-leading’ independent regulator, the Office for Environmental Protection, and hand some new powers to councils.

Only 10% of recent homes built on the Green Belt are 'affordable'

14/10/2019

Only one in ten homes built on land released from the Green Belt over the past decade are considered ‘affordable’, a new report has found.

Plans for voter ID bill branded 'dangerous and undemocratic'

13/10/2019

Plans to introduce voter ID across the whole country have been branded ‘dangerous, misguided and undemocratic’ by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS).

Parish council shuts down after abusive calls and hate mail

11/10/2019

A parish council in Greater Manchester has been dissolved after councillors reported experiencing intolerable levels of abuse.

Unexplained exits from schools at ‘very high rates’

11/10/2019

A new study has warned of ‘very high rates’ of unexplained pupil exits from schools among several local authorities and multi-academy trusts in England.

Highways Awards recognise the Wright stuff

11/10/2019

The winners of this year’s Highways Awards have been revealed in front of nearly 500 industry professionals at the Lancaster London.

Council makes in-house delivery of services ‘official default choice’

10/10/2019

Haringey Council has announced that the direct delivery of council services by council staff will be the ‘official default choice’.

Developers offered loans to build new schools

10/10/2019

Housing developers will be given loans from the Government to build new schools before new properties are finished.

Study uncovers six factors driving bus use

09/10/2019

New research has revealed the underlying factors that best predict levels of bus use in local areas.

Home Office urged to review abortion clinic buffer zone decision

09/10/2019

Charities and medical bodies have today written to the Home Secretary to ask for an ‘urgent review’ of a decision taken last year not to install buffer zones around abortion clinics.

UK marked by ‘extreme’ inequalities, study shows

08/10/2019

A new study from University College London has warned that the UK is characterised by ‘extreme’ inequalities both between and within cities and regions.

Scotland’s first 20mph road network has ‘real impact’ on safety

08/10/2019

An evaluation of Edinburgh council’s roll-out of 20mph speed limits across the city has concluded that the programme’s objectives have been ‘broadly met’ and recommends further roll-out.

Watchdog warns Public Service Boards must change to realise full potential

08/10/2019

Public Service Boards (PSBs) are not being used to their full potential or scrutinised properly, a new report has found today.

Not so fast - HS2 could be cut at both ends

07/10/2019

Council leaders in West Yorkshire have warned of ‘grave consequences’ after it was reported that the leg of HS2 from the Midlands to Leeds could be axed.

Councils urged to fine drivers who leave engines running while parked

07/10/2019

Seven out of ten drivers want to see councils doing more to tackle motorists who leave their engines running when parked, a car insurance company has found.

Local Housing Allowance 'inadequate' for family homes, research warns

07/10/2019

More than nine out of ten family homes for private rent are too expensive for people on housing benefit, new analysis has revealed.

Caerphilly chief executive fired for ‘unlawful’ pay rises

04/10/2019

The chief executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council has been sacked after a six year suspension over ‘unlawful’ pay rises.

Councils hit by 800 cyber-attacks an hour

04/10/2019

Councils have been hit by at least 263 million cyber-attacks in the first half of this year - the equivalent of 800 every hour - new research has revealed.

Glasgow faces legal battle over homeless services

03/10/2019

Shelter Scotland has launched a legal battle against Glasgow City Council over failures in its homelessness service.

Six councils conned into spending thousands of pounds on illegal school

03/10/2019

Six local authorities were duped into paying thousands of pounds to educate vulnerable children in an unsafe illegal school.

Brighton councillors criticise arms manufacturer for ‘deadly bombs’ used in Yemen

02/10/2019

Councillors in Brighton have called on the Government to stop a local business from manufacturing ‘deadly bombs and weapons’ after the company was named in a UN report.

Metro Mayors make case for further devolution

02/10/2019

A group of directly-elected regional mayors have called on Whitehall to devolve more powers and responsibilities to local areas.

Priti Patel unveils £20m funding to tackle county lines

02/10/2019

The Government has announced a package of new measures to tackle county lines drugs gangs.

Local leaders pledge to tackle ageism

01/10/2019

Mayors and council leaders have pledged to tackle discrimination on grounds of age.

Number of homeless deaths see biggest increase on record

01/10/2019

The number of homeless people dying has increased by 22% in the past year, new figures have revealed today.

Ministers promise a national bus strategy

30/09/2019

A new Government bus strategy backed with an initial £220m will see local authorities pilot schemes to boost electric take-up and low fares, as well as more London-style franchising powers.

Biffa fined for £350,000 over contaminated China shipment

30/09/2019

Waste management firm Biffa has been fined £350,000 for trying to send contaminated household waste to China.

Older people face ‘significant barriers’ in applying for EU Settlement Scheme

27/09/2019

The Government has been warned it could face a ‘Windrush 2’ as vulnerable older people are failing to apply to the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) in time.

Councils urged to only cut road verges twice a year

27/09/2019

Road verges should only be cut two times a year in order to protect wild flowers and wildlife, new guidelines have recommended.

Millions of people incorrectly registered to vote, study finds

26/09/2019

A new study has revealed that up to 9.4 million people are not registered properly to vote, leading to calls to reform the system.

Council investigates data breach

25/09/2019

Isle of Wight Council is investigating a data breach after it sent out council tax letters containing residents’ personal information.

Council chiefs call for support in helping soldiers overcome ‘barriers’

25/09/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Ministry of Defence to work with councils in helping members of the armed services transition to civilian life.

Bus use falls to lowest level in a decade

25/09/2019

Councils have renewed calls to be given more say in how bus services are run after the latest figures showing the number of people using them at their lowest level for a decade.

Councils call for new taskforce to tackle climate change

25/09/2019

Council leaders have proposed setting up a national taskforce with Whitehall departments to tackle climate change.

London Assembly demands answers from PM about Jennifer Arcuri dealings

24/09/2019

Members of the London Assembly have written to the PM demanding that he answer questions about his dealings with the model-turned-businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri.

Uber granted two month licence

24/09/2019

Transport for London (TfL) has issued Uber with a two-month private hire operator licence after previously trying to oust to ride hailing app from its network.

It’s time to reboot localism, says think tank

23/09/2019

Local authorities should formally commit to including the neighbourhood in all decision making processes, says Centre for London.

Holyrood launches review of additional support provision in schools

23/09/2019

The Scottish government is calling on parents of children with additional support needs to give their views about the educational help available to their kids.

Council cleared of exporting plastic waste to Malaysia

23/09/2019

Milton Keynes Council has been cleared of exporting plastic waste to Malaysia.

Minister confirms creation of Northamptonshire unitary authorities

23/09/2019

The Government has confirmed that the legislation allowing for the creation of two unitary authorities in Northamptonshire will be in Parliament this autumn.

Housing crisis affecting 8.4m people in England

23/09/2019

The number of people in England who need social housing is nearly double the number of people on the government’s official waiting list, a new report has warned today.

New financial model needed for national parks, review says

23/09/2019

A review of the way in which green spaces are managed could see more affordable housing built in rural areas and the introduction of a new financial model for national parks.

Council chiefs warn ‘boom’ in barn conversions undermines local planning

23/09/2019

Local leaders have called for scrapping of the permitted development right after new figures suggest rural developments might be missing out on vital services.

Over 4,000 young people ‘exploited’ by County Lines gangs

20/09/2019

Figures released by the Mayor of London’s office have revealed that there are more than 4,000 young people involved in County Lines operating out of London.

Named person scheme dropped

20/09/2019

A mandatory named person scheme for every child in Scotland – underpinned by law – will not now happen, deputy first minister John Swinney has announced.

Universal Credit drives food bank use, charity says

19/09/2019

A report from the main provider of food banks has warned that the roll out of Universal Credit has been a major factor behind the increase in food bank use.

DfE drive to check council readiness for Brexit

19/09/2019

The Department for Education (DfE) is attempting to gain a better understanding of school sector and council readiness just weeks before the Government’s Brexit deadline.

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