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Ukrainian refugees face ‘significant risk’ of homelessness

There is a risk that many Ukrainian families who have sought refuge in the UK could end up homeless because of a lack of sponsors, council leaders warn.

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New £350m fund could help communities revive high streets


A new study has called for the creation of a fund that can help local communities takeover empty high street buildings as a record number of shops stand empty.

Plan for asylum centre on ex-RAF base scrapped


Hambleton District Council has cautiously welcomed the Government’s decision to scrap a planned asylum reception centre.

London councils struggle to house Afghan refugees


Local authority leaders in London have warned of a ‘severe shortage’ of long-term housing options for refugees from Afghanistan.

Croydon opposes ULEZ expansion


Croydon Council has come out in opposition to the proposed expansion of ULEZ, arguing that it would have a disproportionate impact on low income households.

Welsh councils get £1.85m to clean up chewing gum


Five local authorities in Wales are to receive a funding boost in order to help them remove used chewing gum from their streets.

Nearly 120,000 children face holiday homelessness


Thousands of children are spending the summer holidays in temporary accommodation due to a national shortage of affordable housing, council leaders warn.

Call for new PM to boost role of LEPs


The next PM must better support small businesses through Local Enterprise Partnerships if the UK is to ride the forthcoming recession, business leaders warn.

Poll reveals majority support full funding for local government


The vast majority of people support full funding for local authorities, a new report has revealed.

Funding allocated to expand woodlands across England


The Government has announced £44.2m funding will help plant millions of trees across England.

Civic pride about more than just ‘hanging baskets’, experts say


Experts from the University of Cambridge have called on the next Prime Minister to invest £1bn in local communities to boost civic pride.

Oxfordshire councils abandon joint housing plan


The five local planning authorities in Oxfordshire who have been working together on a joint plan for 2050 have announced they will go their separate ways.

Government needs ‘cohesive strategy’ to help council EV roll-out


Only 14% of local authorities in the UK have a dedicated resource for implementing a new electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, EV charging experts warn.

Council wins High Court case to protect ‘green spaces’


Worthing Borough Council has welcomed a decision by the High Court to rule against plans to build 475 homes, which it argues would spoil its ‘green spaces’.

Council takes emergency measures to improve Lake District traffic


Cumbria County Council is introducing an emergency traffic regulation to prevent vehicles from causing traffic jams in the Lake District.

Right to Buy under threat due to discounts worth £6bn


Council leaders have warned that the billions of pounds that have been spent on Right to Buy discounts are threatening the future of the homeownership scheme.

Council ‘liable’ for deaths of five Grenfell residents


The local authority that owned Grenfell Tower has been found liable for the deaths of five residents who died in the 2017 fire.

Clark promises to crack down on ‘dodgy deals’


Levelling up secretary Greg Clark is writing to councils to confirm that rules under which councils sell assets to companies they control are to be tightened.

Coventry bin lorry drivers win 13% pay boost


The long-running dispute between Coventry council and local bin lorry drivers has now ended with a pay rise for the drivers worth up to 12.9%.

Unison to put pay deal to its members


Unison has vowed to consult its members on the flat rate pay rise offered to all council staff.

Council ‘disappointed’ at levelling up grouping


Sefton Council ‘disappointed’ at being grouped with low priority areas for levelling up funds because it has one of the most deprived areas in the country.

Councils report increase in dog fouling due to pandemic puppy boom


More than half of local authorities have seen an increase in the amount of dog fouling since the start of 2021, a survey has revealed today.

New homes to be more accessible for older and disabled people


The Government will raise the accessibility standard for new homes following a consultation on the proposals.

Record high rents and bills ‘tipping thousands’ into homelessness


Homelessness in England increased by 11% over the first three months of 2022 due to high private rents and rocketing household bills, charity warns.

Council tax rebates now issued to 80% of eligible households


Nearly 80% of eligible households have now received their £150 council tax rebate, the latest figures have shown.

Record-breaking year for Ombudsman


The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has directed more improvements to councils in the past year than ever before.

Council warns planning rules threaten London’s ‘premier shopping district’


Westminster CC has warned that London’s status as a globally recognised shopping destination is under threat from planning regulations.

Bucks backs down on HS2 routes after court loss


Buckinghamshire Council will not appeal after the High Court backed a decision by planning inspectors to allow ‘environmentally damaging’ HS2 lorry routes.

Seven more Scottish councils make Adult Disability Payment available


The Adult Disability Payment is now available in seven more council areas in Scotland ahead of national roll out on 29 August.

Kent calls for urgent response to Dover chaos


Kent CC and its local partners have called for an urgent national response to the chaos and delays approaching the Port of Dover after distributing water and food to those affected through the weekend.

Overheating roads 'a challenge for councils'


Highway authorities will struggle to future-proof their assets as climate change leads to higher road surface temperatures, despite improvements in the performance of materials, a key sector figure has warned.

Government approves Sizewell C nuclear plant


The Government has given the go-ahead for the Sizewell C nuclear power station in Suffolk.

MPs call for action on 'uninhabitable' social housing


Too many social housing tenants are living in homes that are 'unfit for human habitation', a new report has said today.

Expert panel launched to tackle anti-social behaviour from tenants


A new advisory group has been launched by the Government to help social landlords deal with anti-social behaviour from tenants.

Surge in homeless Ukrainian households


The number of Ukrainian families in need of homelessness support from councils has almost doubled in less than a month.

Only a quarter of local authorities have enough holiday childcare this summer


Just over a quarter (27%) of local authorities in England have enough holiday childcare available to meet the demand of parents working full-time in their area, new research has shown today.

Early intervention cuts trigger crisis interventions


Councils, young people and families are trapped in a ‘vicious cycle’ due to the halving of investment in early intervention over the last decade, the largest children’s charities have warned.

Council tax levy could replace TV licencing fee, argues report


A universal household levy linked to council tax bills could offer a better alternative to the BBC's existing licence fee, a report from the House of Lords has argued.

Councils bring forward bin collections to protect staff during heatwave


Councils across the country will be collecting bins, garden waste and recycling an hour earlier over the next two days to limit staff exposure to high temperatures.

Council to create 'warm spaces' for residents unable to heat their homes


Gateshead Council is looking to create a network of 'Warm Spaces' to help residents that can't afford to heat their homes this winter.

Councils face 'significant' national barriers to meeting Net Zero


Local government's ambition on delivering Net Zero is not being mirrored or adequately enabled at the national level, according to new reports published today.

City region decarbonisation 'lacks cohesion'


A more cohesive approach to accelerating the uptake of zero emission vehicles across the UK’s city regions is vital if decarbonisation targets are to be achieved, a new report argues.

Welsh parliament votes for 20mph default


The Welsh Senedd has approved legislation to lower the default national speed limit on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets in the country from 30mph to 20mph.

Four in 10 trust councils, survey finds


Just four out of 10 UK residents trust local government compared to 80% who trust the NHS, according to an inaugural survey of attitudes to public services.

Council apologises for child sexual exploitation


Telford & Wrekin Council has apologised ‘wholeheartedly’ after an inquiry concluded more than 1,000 children were sexually exploited over at least 30 years.

Metro mayor calls for 'unwavering support' for levelling up


Metro mayor Ben Houchen has called on MPs vying to be the next prime minister to fully commit to levelling up the red wall and left behind areas.

Council to refurbish tower blocks to provide homes for Ukrainian refugees


Tower blocks that had been earmarked for demolition are being reinstated by North Lanarkshire County Council to provide accommodation for people fleeing Ukraine.

Peers highlight lack of progress improving 'flawed' Act


Little progress has been made in addressing the lack of coordination between the licensing and planning systems, a House of Lords committee has reported.

Brownfield development fund opens for bids


Councils will be able to bid for £40m to deliver up to 4,000 new homes on derelict and underused brownfield sites across England.

Councils urged to face up to poor Ofsted ratings


MPs have called for councils to ensure all looked-after children are receiving full-time education in a school registered with the Department for Education.

Communities to have more control over changes to street names


Councils will need agreement from two-thirds of local residents and business owners in order to change street names, under plans by the Government.

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