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16 May 2022

Government’s £500m support scheme failing Britain’s poorest households

A major part of the Government’s response to the cost of living crisis has not been available for months to applicants in some parts of the country after councils used up their allocations amid soaring demand. Funding for the Household Support Fund was meant to last until 31 March, but figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show one in six councils ran out of money for applicants at least a month earlier.

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16 May 2022

Rishi Sunak set to unveil fiscal measures to help with cost of living crisis before summer recess

Rishi Sunak is reportedly preparing to announce fiscal measures to help with cost of living crisis before Parliament enters the summer recess. The Chancellor is expected to use fuel price data, which gives an insight into the energy price cap, to decide what additional support he could introduce to help families cope with rising bills.

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16 May 2022

Energy price cap could rise every three months under regulator’s planned shake-up

Ofgem has announced that the energy price cap, the mechanism which determines gas and electricity bills for 22 million households, could soon be reviewed every three months. It is putting the idea out to consultation amid criticism that the current twice-yearly adjustment arrangement, in April and October, had contributed to the failure of suppliers last year at the height of the wholesale gas price shock.

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16 May 2022

Government restricts councils' special severance payments

The government has published statutory guidance seeking to restrict the level of exit payments made to local government employees above statutory or contractual limits.

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13 May 2022

Over 500,000 adults waiting for care

The number of adults waiting for social care in England has risen to more than 500,000 says the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass), similar research last year put the figure at about 294,000. Adass cities a growing shortage of care workers as a reason for the increase, made worse by low pay rates and the cost-of-living crisis.

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13 May 2022

COVID-19 inquiry to include impact on children, mental health and local government collaboration

The chair of the UK COVID-19 Public Inquiry has asked that the terms of reference be expanded to include the impact of the pandemic on children and young people’s health, wellbeing and education. The impact on the mental health and wellbeing of the entire population should also be investigated, as well as the collaboration between central government, devolved administrations, local authorities and charities.

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13 May 2022

Civil service jobs could be cut

The Government could come up with a plan which could cut up to 91,000 civil service jobs to tackle the cost of living, seeing civil service staffing levels drop to 2016 levels. A civil service union warned an "ill thought-out" plan could affect services.

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Other Headlines

12 May 2022 - Planning reforms

People could be able to vote on planning applications, such as house extensions and loft conversions, on their street, under proposed planning reforms introduced as part of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. In an interview with Radio 5 Live, Cllr David Renard, housing spokesperson for the LGA, said: “We all want nice places to live, and we want a planning system that enables that to happen. The current system has checks and balances in it which allows all parties to take a view on a planning application."

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12 May 2022 - UK economy shrinks

The UK economy shrank by 0.1 per cent in March, as rising living costs and the war in Ukraine halted recovery, Office for National Statistics data reveals. Experts warn that the risk of a recession in the UK is growing, with Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak confirming that retail sales had also slowed and consumer confidence decreased.

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12 May 2022 - Simpler, more flexible and transparent procurement

The Procurement Bill has been published.

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12 May 2022 - Local authorities set to get powers to double council tax on second homes

Local authorities will be given new powers to double council tax on second homes under new draft legislation presented to parliament yesterday.
The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill has stipulated that councils will be able to introduce a new discretionary council tax premium on second homes of up to 100%.

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12 May 2022 - Government can abandon or change levelling up missions

The Government is leaving open the possibility of abandoning or changing the White Paper's levelling up missions and can delay reporting on them until after the general election.
Published yesterday, the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill states that ministers may decide not to pursue a levelling up mission, and that they can revise the list of missions.

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12 May 2022 - Mental health support in schools to get £7m boost

The Department for Education today announced a further £7m for schools and colleges to train a senior mental health lead.
Senior mental health leads are tasked with creating a culture of openness in schools and colleges when it comes to mental health, as well as forging stronger links with local health services.

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12 May 2022 - Government misses 50% recycling target

More than 100,000 extra tonnes of rubbish was sent to landfill during lockdown, the latest figures reveal as Government misses 50% recycling target.
Household recycling rates in England fell from 46% in 2019 to 44% in 2020, according to the Government’s data.

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12 May 2022 - Levelling Up Bill to ‘empower local people’ published

The Government has published the levelling up Bill which promises to transform struggling towns and cities and support local leaders to take back control of regeneration.
The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill will enshrine in law the Government’s commitment to long-term missions to spread opportunity, drive productivity and boost local pride in every corner of the country.

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12 May 2022 - Lancashire set to establish a new levelling up fund to kick-start projects

With the UK Government pushing its Levelling Up strategy, Lancashire County Council are set to establish a new levelling up fund of their own, in order to help kick-start some of the multi-million pound projects that they have in the pipeline.
This fund is designed to compliment the central government’s Levelling Up agenda and can be used to support district councils in making their bids to the nationwide fund, as well as supporting them with getting started with their major projects, with Preston’s pitch for £20 million for everything from replacing the Old Tram Bridge to investing in some of its parks.

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12 May 2022 - Proposed intervention powers mark ‘shift towards prevention’

CIPFA has welcomed government proposals to take greater intervention powers over council finances, saying they could help identify potential problems at an earlier stage.

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11 May 2022 - Flexible working could lead to council selling £12.6m office site

North Somerset Council has earmarked its Castlewood offices for sale, having bought them in 2009 for £12.6m and used them since 2010 as the primary office location for many services, including public-facing services such as the Job Centre Plus and registration service.
The unitary authority said in a document that an office amalgamation programme in 2012 had “substantially reduced” the number of buildings the council uses, and “efficiency exercises” have reduced the workforce from about 1800 people to about 1400.
But the effect of Covid-19 on working habits has had the largest impact, it said.

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11 May 2022 - Government drops controversial planning reforms after Tory anger

People will be given the right to vote on proposed property extensions in their area as part of new planning reforms, the government says.
Minister Michael Gove said the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill would help "build communities that people love and are proud of".
The plan sees previous proposals which made it harder to block development dropped after a backlash from Tory MPs.

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11 May 2022 - ‘Underwhelming’ – reaction to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill

Senior local government figures have warned that there needs to be a "far bolder" approach to achieve levelling up, and have urged ministers to speed up the pace of devolution.
The government revealed details of its Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill in the Queen's speech yesterday.
Local Government Association chair James Jamieson (Con) responded by warning that areas outside city regions have "remained stuck in the devolution slow lane”.

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11 May 2022 - Betts: levelling up bill has not gone any ‘further’ than white paper

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill announced in the Queen’s speech has not “taken us further forward from the white paper”, the chair of the Commons' levelling up, housing & communities committee has said.
Speaking to LGC, Clive Betts (Lab), said he didn’t think the announcement was doing “much more to help the most deprived communities” and pointed out that there wasn’t “any more money announced” for levelling up in the speech.

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11 May 2022 - Gove ditches 300,000 homes target

Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has ditched his targets to build 300,000 homes in year in a bid to get public support for developments.
Speaking to Radio Four’s Today programme this morning, he said he would do ‘everything we can’ to increasing supply, but admitted: ‘I don’t think we are going to hit that target this year.’

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11 May 2022 - Will the fair funding review be another damp squib?

After much delay, last month the Government finally announced how its replacement for EU regional development funding – the Shared Prosperity Fund – will be allocated across the country.
In spite of it being almost five years since the fund was first announced, the answer for England at least, is: in much the same was as EU funds were prior to Brexit. This is a real missed opportunity, with inequities in the EU funding regime that could have been addressed instead entrenched in the new system.

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11 May 2022 - No emergency budget and Boris Johnson's hints at announcement 'over interpreted', Michael Gove says

The government will not be bringing forward an emergency budget in light of the cost of living crisis, but "will be saying more and doing more to help people", Michael Gove has said.
Responding to the government's Queen's Speech on Tuesday, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer claimed the government was "bereft of ideas" as the nation heads towards a "stagflation crisis".
In response, Boris Johnson replied: "We will continue to use all our ingenuity and compassion for as long as it takes and the chancellor and I will be saying more about this in the days to come."

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11 May 2022 - UK economy shrank 0.1% in March as inflation and Ukraine war takes toll

The UK economy shrank in March, as soaring living costs and the war in Ukraine hindered recovery from the pandemic.
Experts warned that a plunge in household incomes meant trouble ahead for the economy and that the risk of a recession was growing.
Official figures show the economy grew by 0.8 per cent between January and March, down from growth of 1.3 per cent in the previous three months.

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11 May 2022 - To Michael Gove: a modest proposal

Conrad Hall has written an open letter to the levelling up secretary suggesting an unusual (and tongue-in-cheek) proposal to help councils predict next year’s government grant.

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11 May 2022 - Council borrowing remains depressed amid rising rates

Local authority borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board remains low following four Bank of England interest rates hikes, after councils capitalised on record low finance last year, according to experts.

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11 May 2022 - Levelling Up Bill proposes ministerial intervention powers

The local government secretary will get new powers to direct asset sales and borrowing levels at councils deemed to be at financial risk, under a clause in this week's Levelling Up Bill.

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10 May 2022 - Council-run schools outperform academies in England, analysis shows

Council-maintained schools in England outperform academies in Ofsted rankings, according to analysis published on the day the government’s ambitions for all schools to join multi-academy trusts (Mats) are expected to be outlined in the Queen’s speech.
Research conducted on behalf of the Local Government Association (LGA) found 92% of council-run schools were ranked outstanding or good by Ofsted in January 2022, compared with 85% of academies that have been graded since they converted.
It also found only 45% of academies that were already an academy in August 2018 managed to improve standards from inadequate or requires improvement to good or outstanding, compared with 56% of council-maintained schools.

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10 May 2022 - Queen's Speech: Government to focus on 'growing the economy'

Boris Johnson has promised to get the country "back on track" as the government unveils its plans for the year ahead in the Queen's Speech.
The speech is expected to focus on boosting economic growth, but the PM will say that the UK cannot spend its way out of trouble and will need to grow the economy.
In all, 38 parliamentary bills are due to be unveiled.

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10 May 2022 - Queen's Speech: Business rates set for overhaul

The Government has committed to an overhaul of business rates in the Queen’s Speech.
Although absent from the speech itself, it has been confirmed a ‘Non-Domestic Rating Bill’ will form part of the agenda during the next Parliamentary session.

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10 May 2022 - Queen's Speech: Levelling up bill unveiled for planning reform

The Queen’s Speech has confirmed a levelling up Bill will include legislation on planning and regeneration reform.
In his speech Prince Charles said the government would ‘level up opportunity in all parts of the country’ and that ‘a Bill will be brought forward to drive local growth, empowering local leaders to regenerate their areas, and ensuring everyone can share in the United Kingdom’s success’.

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10 May 2022 - Queen’s Speech aims to ‘turbocharge’ economy as Prince Charles makes debut

Boris Johnson warned today that Britain must take short-term pain to boost the economy in the longer term as he unveiled a Queen’s Speech to “create jobs and spread opportunity” around the country.
In a speech delivered for the first time by the Prince of Wales, the government said its priority was to take a “responsible approach to the public finances” and committed itself to continue bringing down debt despite the cost of living crisis.

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09 May 2022 - Second homes council tax plan

Councils in England will be able to double council tax on unoccupied second homes to boost funding for local services, under plans to be confirmed in the Queen’s Speech this week. English councils will be given powers to levy a premium of up to 100 per cent on council tax bills for second homes that are furnished but not occupied as a sole or main residence. They will also be able to discourage owners from leaving other properties vacant for long periods by doubling the standard council tax rate after just one year.

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09 May 2022 - Ukrainian refugees placed with unvetted hosts

Ukrainian refugees have been placed with hosts who are unvetted and in unsuitable homes as the Government is yet to give councils any funding for vital safety checks. The LGA said councils had reported issues with the information they are getting from government, saying it is arriving too slowly, there is data missing, host contact details are not always correct, and it does not provide refugees’ arrival dates.

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09 May 2022 - Levelling up just got tougher, says Gove

Michael Gove, the cabinet minister for levelling up, has said that rising prices are making the Government’s plans to reduce regional inequalities more difficult and more important. A BBC Panorama investigation, to be aired tonight, has raised questions about whether the money is reaching the most deprived areas in England.

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09 May 2022 - Local government elections 2022 round-up

This week’s local elections packed a few surprises. PF examines the results in authorities whose finance departments have been in the news during recent months.

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09 May 2022 - Councils 'need clarity' over business rate funding change

Councils have called for clarity over proposed compensation levels after the government announced it will press ahead with plans to remove large telecom companies and railway services from local authority business rates billing lists.

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09 May 2022 - Cabinet reshuffle 'before summer'

Boris Johnson will reportedly reshuffle his cabinet before the summer recess which begins on July 21

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09 May 2022 - Levelling up funding bids rejected in 28 of England’s most deprived councils

Twenty-eight councils in the most deprived areas of England have had their bids for a £1.7 billion levelling up fund rejected, according to an investigation.
Described by Boris Johnson as the “defining mission” of his government, levelling up aims to reduce geographic economic, social and health inequalities.
Last year ministers allocated the first round of levelling up funding — £1.7 billion — from central government, but questions have been raised over the process.

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09 May 2022 - Inflation shock will last years, says former Bank of England chief

High inflation could remain until 2024 and will be a “massive shock to the system” for a generation, a former chief economist at the Bank of England has warned.
Andy Haldane, now a government adviser, said inflation had “surpassed my worst expectations” and was likely to exceed 10 per cent. He also said the Bank should have acted sooner than last autumn when raising interest rates.
Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, admitted yesterday that the government “can’t do everything to help” but confirmed that he was preparing to do more. He told BBC Look East: “We are not the only country facing higher energy prices or higher inflation. We can do things to support people and we are going to do what we can. I wish I could make it completely go away, but I can’t.”

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06 May 2022 - Local election results

The results of the local elections across the country will continue to roll in throughout the day, with many English councils already declared. As it stands, the Conservative party have lost control of six councils. Barnet, Wandsworth and Westminster councils in London have all been gained by Labour as well as Southampton on the south coast, and the Liberal Democrats gained control of Kingston upon Hull.

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06 May 2022 - Bristol decides to abolish mayor post

Bristol was given the choice of a mayor or a committee system, and decided to abolish its directly elected mayor following a referendum. Some 56,113 voted to remove the post, with a turnout of 29 per cent.

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06 May 2022 - Interest rate raised to 1% by Bank of England despite issuing warning of recession

The Bank takes a big red pen to its earlier forecasts and sees a risk of economic contraction ahead as inflation is now predicted to surge to levels not seen for four decades.

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06 May 2022 - Delays to council tax rebate

Some households across the country are still waiting for the £150 council tax rebate, aimed at helping millions to combat the rising cost of living. Councils have been told to pay the money “as soon as possible” but some have reported delays in receiving the money.

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06 May 2022 - Betts slams government for lack of council support for Ukrainian refugees

Clive Betts, chair of Parliament's Levelling Up, Housing and Communities?Committee has urged the government to provide additional funding to help authorities mitigate services pressures stemming from the housing of Ukrainian refugees.

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06 May 2022 - Government begins paying back councils for council tax rebate costs

The government has announced initial payments to help cover local authorities’ costs incurred when delivering the council tax rebate policy aimed at helping the public through the cost-of-living crisis.

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06 May 2022 - Government criticised over remote meetings inaction

Central government inaction on giving councils in England the ability to hold remote meetings is preventing authorities from reducing the financial and environmental cost of transport, according to two industry bodies.

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06 May 2022 - County deals latest: more areas consider mayoral model as talks go on

Government negotiations with the nine areas in the first wave of county deals are not progressing as quickly as some had expected, as authorities await more details of legislative changes.
However, a source close to negotiations told LGC those willing to adopt the government’s preferred directly elected mayor model under the ‘level three’ deals are being “pushed to the front of the queue”.

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06 May 2022 - Authorities learn their council tax rebate funding level

The government has revealed the amount of money every billing authority will get to help it deliver the £150 council tax rebate.
The Department of Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has written to all authorities to announce the £28m of grants, which range from £14,557 for City of London Corporation to £525,034 for Birmingham City Council.

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06 May 2022 - Councils warned to budget for 4% pay increase

Councils have been warned by local government employers to budget for pay rises of at least 4% this year, The MJ understands.
A senior local government source said they had been told to factor in the rises covering the pay settlement for the year 2022-23.
However, it is understood many councils have not allowed for such a rise in their budgets and fear it will be difficult to fund.

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06 May 2022 - Refugee funding to depend on data returns

The Government will not provide funding to councils to support refugees arriving under the Homes for Ukraine scheme if they fail to supply timely data.
A letter to council chief executives said the funding of £10,500 for each refugee was subject to conditions, including data returns on the number of beneficiaries and when checks have been carried out.

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06 May 2022 - COVID funding cut ‘dangerous’

The Government has been urged to reinstate the COVID infection control fund (ICF) by groups representing care providers and staff.
Trade union Unison and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) have written a joint letter to health secretary Sajid Javid calling for the fund, which ended in March, to return.
They argued the removal of the ICF at a time when virus rates are still high was an ‘incredibly dangerous move’ that will ‘cost lives’.

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06 May 2022 - Households forced to wait for £150 tax rebate after council delays

Hundreds of thousands of people are facing long waits for cash designed to ease the cost of living crisis because of council failures.
Minister have written to all local authorities to warn that they are “monitoring the delivery” of the Treasury-funded £150 council tax rebate.
Councils have been told to pay the money “as soon as possible” but people across Britain have reported delays in receiving the money

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05 May 2022 - Ukrainian new arrivals switching schemes

Councils are seeing a “concerning increase” in the number of Ukrainian new arrivals presenting as homeless, says Cllr James Jamison, LGA Chairman, with 144 households approaching 57 councils as homeless, according to an LGA survey conducted in April. Labour MP Clive Betts has written to refugees minister Lord Harrington, suggesting that Ukrainian refugees should be able to transfer on to the Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme if their relative cannot provide accommodation under the family visa scheme, and should not require a sponsor before arriving.

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05 May 2022 - Interest rate raised to 1% by Bank of England despite issuing warning of recession

The Bank of England has raised the base rate of interest to 1% - the fourth consecutive increase as it continues to move against surging inflation - despite issuing a warning about a recession ahead.
The Bank forecast that the UK economy will shrink later this year in the face of double-digit inflation and an unprecedented squeeze on household incomes.
In its first forecast since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Bank said it now expected the energy price crunch to leave a lasting scar, pushing up unemployment and contributing to weak or negative growth throughout 2023.

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04 May 2022 - COVID-19 business fine appeals

Lawyers suggest that many of the more than 800 businesses fined for COVID-19 breaches during the pandemic could have strong claims for an appeal. Lucinda Nicholls, of the London law firm Nicholls & Nicholls, said that she had brought 25 challenges on behalf of businesses so far with only two being quashed.

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04 May 2022 - 3-fold Increase in unaccompanied asylum seeking children

The number of unaccompanied children making the journey across The Channel to Britain has increased by three and a half times compared to last year. Analysis of government figures shows 7,240 people have reached the UK in small boats in just the past four months since the start of 2022.

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03 May 2022 - Council waiting lists for care cap assessments

Pensioners could reportedly be left on council waiting lists to qualify for the new cap on care costs. Almost 300,000 pensioners who pay for and arrange their own care will need to enter into the local authority system if they want to take advantage of the changes to funding coming into effect next year. Older people qualifying to have their care paid for the first time because the upper capital limit is increasing from £23,250 to £100,000 will also have to join the waiting list. The LGA warned that the “additional demand is coming at a time when there’s already a backlog of 400,000 people waiting for an assessment of their social care needs”. A spokesman said: “The care cost cap is just one strand of the Government’s charging reforms and we remain concerned that the funding earmarked for the reforms in their entirety is insufficient. The Government must commit to keeping funding and timescales under close and regular review.”

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03 May 2022 - Local government in England ‘hollowed out’ under Conservatives

Poorer areas have been hit disproportionally by a combination of cuts to neighbourhood services such as parks, libraries, refuse collection and children’s centres that have left English councils “hollowed out” since 2010, a major report into local government has concluded.
The study by the Institute for Government thinktank found that while some councils coped better than others, and reduced spending did not necessarily mean worse results, a lack of information made it difficult to learn lessons.

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03 May 2022 - Boris Johnson planning to bring back Right to Buy

Boris Johnson wants to give millions of people the right to buy the homes they rent from housing associations in a major shake-up, it is reported. The Prime Minister has asked officials to develop the plans after believing the idea would help “generation rent”, with the proposal intended to give 2.5 million households in England who rent properties from housing associations the power to purchase their homes at a discounted price.

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03 May 2022 - Covid tutoring scheme not used by 40 per cent of schools

The flagship Covid tutoring scheme to help pupils catch up has not been used by two in five schools, it has emerged, prompting the Education Secretary to write to teachers. The National Tutoring Programme has been criticised, with many teachers still not using the schemes and schools reporting problems with an online portal.

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03 May 2022 - Chris Naylor: Covid data use should inspire cost-of-living response

Ex-Barking & Dagenham chief says councils have the ability to stop many vulnerable people from tipping into crisis

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29 Apr 2022 - Lack of funding impacting SEND children’s education

Financial pressure on councils means some pupils with additional needs can’t access the help they need, data also shows that some children are travelling hundreds of miles to get to school. The LGA said that "no council will be wanting to raise thresholds, but the extreme financial pressure is probably meaning some are making decisions for reasons they may not necessarily choose to".

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29 Apr 2022 - DLUHC keeping Ukrainian homeless data a secret

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities is not making public the data it holds on Ukrainians presenting to councils as homeless, LGC can reveal.
The revelation prompted alarm from the chair of the Commons levelling up committee who has blasted the scheme and the withholding of information as a “dysfunctional disaster”.

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28 Apr 2022 - Inflation 'double whammy' for public sector

Public bodies could face pressure from growing direct costs alongside impacts from inflated prices for third party suppliers, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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28 Apr 2022 - Borowing cost worries prompt council to cut £100m from capital programme

Shropshire Council is set to scale back its capital spending plans by more than £100m by 2025-26 amid concerns over debt servicing costs.

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28 Apr 2022 - Inflation to ‘make or break’ council budgets

Councils are facing soaring costs to re-procure outsourced services as new financial pressures begin to bite.
Suppliers are hiking prices, leading to warnings that inflation will ‘make or break’ council budgets this year.

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28 Apr 2022 - Migration committee: social care pay should be 39% above living wage

The government has been urged to pay higher wages to workers in the "Cinderella" social care sector - or risk an acceleration of the exodus to higher-paid jobs in "warehouses, supermarkets and with online retailers".
That is the message from Unison in the wake of a hard-hitting Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report published yesterday, which recommends an eventual minimum pay rate of 39% above the national living wage (NLW).

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27 Apr 2022 - Fly-tipping gangs are costing council millions, new study reveals

Organised criminal fly-tipping gangs are on the rise - and costing councils millions.
A new report says the government is fighting a losing battle against the menace and latest figures show the reported number of complaints against it has topped a million.
A National Audit Office (NAO) investigation shows the number of reported fly-tipping incidents, most of which involve small van-loads of household waste dumped on highways, has soared over the past decade, reaching more than 1.13 million in 2020/21 - costing local authorities £11.6 million to clear up.

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27 Apr 2022 - Every seven minutes a private renter in England is given eviction notice even though they have done nothing wrong, figures reveal

Every seven minutes a private renter in England is handed an eviction notice even though they have done nothing wrong, new figures reveal.
Nearly 230,000 private renters have been served with so-called Section 21 evictions since 2019 - also known as a 'no-fault eviction' notice - meaning they have just two months to leave the property.
It's feared the rising cost of living combined with a hike in evictions could make thousands of private renters homeless and worsen the housing crisis.

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27 Apr 2022 - ‘Unsafe’ UK accommodation threatens asylum seekers’ health – report

Asylum seekers’ accommodation is “unsafe” due to inadequate healthcare, while poor living conditions are exacerbating or creating mental and physical health problems, according to a new report by Doctors of the World.
The charity’s research, published on Wednesday, details the barriers to medical care and medication for asylum seekers in initial accommodation across the UK.
Evidence gathered by Doctors of the World shows that a failure to meet basic human standards in hotels and former military barracks such as Napier in Folkestone has exacerbated depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health concerns among asylum seekers.

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26 Apr 2022 - Experts criticise lack of clarity in social care funding

Local authorities will receive £5.4bn from the Health and Social Care levy up to 2024-25, but it is unclear how the government will allocate £1.7bn of that pot which is currently unallocated, Adrian Jenkins Director at advisors Pixel Financial Management said.
Speaking to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee yesterday, voiced disappointment that this lack a clarity on funding is hampering planning.

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26 Apr 2022 - Local authority resources surplus falls

The gap in local government income and spending fell by £6.4bn from the £7.1bn surplus in 2020-21, according to end-of-year net borrowing statistics published by the ONS today.
Overall public borrowing shrank to £151.8bn in 2021-22, from the £317bn of debt financed in the previous year, the ONS said.
The report said that the Covid-19 pandemic “has had a substantial impact on the economy as well as public sector borrowing”.

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26 Apr 2022 - Ten councils that haven’t paid the £150 rebate as thousands of households left waiting

Council tax rebates worth £150 are starting to be paid into bank accounts up and down the country from this month.
But whether you have already received the payment or not is down to a postcode lottery.
Some households face waiting months for the £150 to land in their account, with councils officially having until September 30 to issue the money.
The Mirror has checked in with dozens of local authorities and has highlighted ten places where the rebate hasn’t yet been processed.

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26 Apr 2022 - Joanne Pitt: Inflation means many difficult decisions for councils

Local authorities are not immune to the inflationary pressures consumers are experiencing, writes the local government policy manager at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy.

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26 Apr 2022 - Councils ‘under huge pressure’ to meet social care fair funding deadline

Local authorities will struggle to meet a government deadline to submit evidence about social care fair funding to Whitehall, senior figures in the sector have warned MPs.
Sarah Pickup, deputy chief executive of the Local Government Association, was among those raising concerns while giving evidence to the Commons levelling up, housing & communities committee's inquiry into the long-term funding of adult social care.

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26 Apr 2022 - DLUHC tried to offer LGA funding to accountancy firms

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities sought to allow private accountancy firms to bid for some of the LGA's annual sector support grant, LGC can reveal.
However, after what a source close to the negotiations called a “big under the radar pushback” from the LGA, the decision was reversed and the lobbying body will now receive 4% more in government grant than it received last year.

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26 Apr 2022 - Justine Greening tells why levelling up could fall short

The cost-of-living crisis “risks levelling down Britain”, the former education secretary has said.
Speaking to LGC, Justine Greening who was formerly the MP for Putney and now leads the social mobility pledge, said this was down to families and communities who already faced challenging circumstances being hit the hardest by the current crisis.

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26 Apr 2022 - Call for infection control fund investigation

A call has been made for an investigation into how the infection control fund was spent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Giving evidence to MPs, Unison’s officer for social care, Gavin Edwards, said the funding stream, which ended last month, was not always used for its intended purpose by care providers.

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26 Apr 2022 - Experts criticise lack of clarity in social care funding

Councils are in the dark on how much funding they will receive for adult social care funding under central government reforms, MPs have been told.

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26 Apr 2022 - Local authority resources surplus falls

Councils received £700m more than they spent last year, down 90% on the 2021-22 surplus, while the overall public sector deficit fell by more than a half.

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26 Apr 2022 - ‘Major issue’ leading to delays in signing off council accounts

Further delays to the audits of 2020/21 local authority accounts have been attributed to issues over the valuation of infrastructure assets that are affecting a significant number of upper-tier councils.
Chris Tambini, president of the Society of County Treasurers (SCT), told Room151 that this was “potentially a major issue for all upper-tier local authorities”. It is currently affecting those authorities that have not already had their 2020/21 accounts signed off and is likely to impact a larger number of councils for their 2021/22 accounts.

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25 Apr 2022 - Cashless Parking

Almost half of councils in England and Wales now use parking machines that don’t accept cash, but instead require drivers to pay via a mobile phone app or bank card, a Freedom of Information Act request reveals. Campaigners at Age UK are concerned that with just 50 per cent of people over 65 using a smartphone, cashless parking could be difficult. Cllr David Renard, transport spokesperson for the LGA, said: “Like so many organisations, councils have found the public welcome the convenience of online technology. But they also pay close attention to the needs of those for whom online payment isn’t attractive.”

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25 Apr 2022 - Council criticised over community fund monitoring

Between 2015-16 and 2018-19, awards from the council’s Mayoral Neighbourhood Fund (MNF) regularly lacked application forms or other relevant paperwork, a report going to an audit committee this week said.
It said the council failed to provide terms and conditions to charities, which received around half the fund’s £1m yearly budget, and it did not request or collect data on how the money was spent.
Prior to a council review in February 2019, third sector organisations were given funding without providing evidence that the money was spent in line with the objectives of Liverpool's city plan, the report said.

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24 Apr 2022 - Delays of up to six months as council tax rebate scheme descends into chaos

Families will have to wait for up to six months for their £150 council tax rebates after local authorities failed to prepare and missed government deadlines.
Only a fraction of councils have credited taxpayers with the handout, designed to help some 28 million pay for soaring energy bills, despite assurances that the "vast majority" would receive support this month.
Many said residents would not receive payments until late May or in some cases even September because they needed to implement new software to facilitate the payments.

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22 Apr 2022 - Corruption prevention cheaper than cure

Former Treasury minister Lord Agnew’s resignation speech in the House of Lords in January will not be easily forgotten.
In it, he characterised oversight by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the British Business Bank as “woeful” and described the Treasury as having “no knowledge or little interest in the consequences of fraud to our economy or society”.
Lord Agnew drew on what has been an enduring organisational problem, especially during Covid-19, for the public and private sector alike — the failure to implement a systemic approach to anti-corruption.

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22 Apr 2022 - Auditors criticise council for trading with dormant company

Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) has operated a facilities management contract since 2013, but Grant Thornton’s 2020-21 audit report found that the firm has been dormant through the duration of the agreement.
In January 2021, the council found that BBLP was dormant on Companies House, but the authority failed to take legal advice until GT raised concerns in March 2022, the report added.
The report said: “We consider the council’s contract appointment and management arrangements include a significant weakness, as it did not establish the validity of contracting and continuing to trade with a company that was dormant or otherwise non-trading from a formal perspective.”

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22 Apr 2022 - Authorities scrap merger amid council-owned company concerns

In December, the two authorities agreed to submit a request to the government to form South Warwickshire District Council from April 2024, in a bid to streamline services and save money.
However, the councils confirmed in a joint statement that they will abandon the merger, as Stratford said it would be unable to complete due diligence on a Warwick housing company before a government response next month.
The joint statement said: “There is a significant difference between the approaches and ambitions of the two councils that have proved to be irreconcilable, and this means that a joint request, subject to council approval, will now be made to the government to stop the merger process.

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21 Apr 2022 - Gove takes Thatcher's lead in struggle to fix Britain's housing crisis

Margaret Thatcher created an entire new class in Britain.
Her flagship ‘right-to-buy’ policy redefined housing across the country, providing legal rights to shift ownership from councils to their former tenants at a knock-down price, and with it moving the state’s control over peoples’ lives. The prime minister won swathes of voters as a result.
“Thousands of people in council houses and new towns came out to support us for the first time because they wanted a chance to buy their own homes,” Thatcher said in May 1979, just after the election when she ousted the incumbent Labour government of James Callaghan.
“It will give to more of our people that freedom and mobility and that prospect of handing something on to their children and grandchildren which owner-occupation provides.”
Fast forward more than 40 years and multiple governments, and housing secretary Michael Gove has invoked some of the same spirit - if in a slightly unexpected direction. He has proposed boosting social rented property as a cheaper alternative to private rents.

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21 Apr 2022 - Don’t expect an infrastructure levy any time soon

The government plans to axe section 106 agreements in favour of an infrastructure levy, but Richard Harbord warns that consultation paralysis, levelling-up concerns and developer opposition could block any progress.

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20 Apr 2022 - Councils should focus on improving roads and housing, poll suggests

Voters want their local councils to improve roads and provide more affordable housing, a new poll has found.
The survey carried out by Ipsos ahead of the local elections on May 5 found 50% of people thought improving the condition of roads and pavements should be a top priority for councils.

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20 Apr 2022 - Get the balance right: Tackling inflation in the public sector

Inflation is back. If you are under 35 years of age you were probably still in school when it was something that had to be taken seriously so it’s fair to say that corporate memories are fading.
A little bit of inflation can actually be desirable for the economy. It incentivises investment and allows the real value of debt to fall.
However, it is a very delicate balancing act. Once the inflation rate outpaces wage growth, workers experience a pay cut (in real terms).
How can treasurers in the public sector manage inflation challenges?

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20 Apr 2022 - Flexible working allows council to sell new HQ

The council completed construction of a new office building in The Sands area of Durham city last month, accommodating up to 1,200 staff members.
However, next week, councillors will consider proposals in a report outlining a plan to sell the property to Durham University, with the receipts funding the construction of three smaller offices.
The report said that this would mean a slightly reduced office capacity, but that "any shortfall can be readily accommodated through the revision of capacity in the council’s other facilities, following the introduction of flexible working practices”.

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20 Apr 2022 - Calls for price cap scrap

Chief executives of some of the UK’s largest energy suppliers have called on the Government to abolish the existing energy price cap in favour of a new system that would see the better off pay more. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee heard how these “unprecedented” measures are needed to prevent a fuel poverty crisis next winter.

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20 Apr 2022 - Revealed: Whitehall’s consultations black hole

LGC reveals concerns that the government’s slowness to respond to consultations is affecting councils’ work.
Ministers have failed to respond to more than 40 consultations which impact on local government’s work, leading to concern that councils are being hindered by limited central capacity, LGC research shows.

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19 Apr 2022 - Jacob Rees-Mogg calls for civil servants to return to the office

Civil servants must stop working from home and return to the office to ensure government buildings are at full capacity, ministers have been told.
Cabinet Office minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has written to cabinet colleagues urging them to send a "clear message" to the civil service about returning.
The FDA union said his comments were out of step with practice in the private sector.

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19 Apr 2022 - Calls grow for free or low-cost Covid tests to keep staff safe

After years of disruption, many firms are hoping for things to return to normal. But it's not yet business as usual.
The recent spike in Covid cases has caused havoc, with staff sickness impacting entire supply chains.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is now calling for all companies to be given free or cheap lateral flow tests.

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19 Apr 2022 - UK set for slowest growth in G7 as Ukraine war hits global economy

The war in Ukraine will "severely set back" the global economic recovery with the UK hit harder than most, the International Monetary Fund has said. This means the UK will no longer be the fastest growing economy in the G7, and will be the slowest in 2023, it says.
The UK's economy is now predicted to grow by 3.7% this year, down from the previous forecast of 4.7% made in January.
However, next year, the UK is expected to have the slowest growth in the G7 and across Europe's main economies, at just 1.2%, a near halving from the 2.3% expected previously. The 2023 UK figure is the slowest apart from heavily-sanctioned Russia in the wider G20,
UK inflation is expected to be 5.3% next year - the highest in the G7, and higher than all EU members, and only exceeded in the G20 by crisis-ridden Argentina, Turkey and Russia.


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19 Apr 2022 - Summer recession risk

Britain’s economy is at risk of falling into a summer recession amid a squeeze on household incomes, according to economists at the bank IMG. Analysts warned that economic activity would also be reduced by an extra bank holiday for the Queen’s platinum jubilee in June.

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19 Apr 2022 - Living wage could rise by 10.5% as inflation hits councils

The national living wage could rise by 20% in two years, sparking alarm for senior finance officers who are in the eye of the inflation storm.
There are fears councils will need to make further service cuts as they face surging costs to heat their buildings, plus significant price rises in many other areas.

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19 Apr 2022 - Gove set to consult on new developer tax

Proposals to abolish section 106 charges in favour of a new infrastructure tax could disincentivise investment in poorer regions, working against 'levelling up', according to experts.

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18 Apr 2022 - Britain could fall into recession this summer, say experts

Britain’s economy is at growing risk of falling into a summer recession amid the biggest squeeze on household incomes since the mid 1950s, as soaring inflation curtails consumer spending power, forecasters have said.
Economists said the double blow from slowing post-lockdown growth and rising living costs after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could result in a fall in gross domestic product (GDP) for two consecutive quarters, which is the definition of a recession.
After a weaker-than-expected growth performance in February, and with the inflation rate reaching the highest levels since 1992 last month, City forecasters said UK GDP was now on track to grow by about 1% in the first quarter of 2022 before slipping into reverse this summer.

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18 Apr 2022 - English councils pay £1m per child for places in private children’s homes

Councils in England are paying more than £1m a year for a single place in privately run children’s homes, with operators citing the cost of living crisis as a reason for raising their prices, the Guardian has learned.
Private providers have been accused of making “obscene” profits out of some of society’s most vulnerable children, as local authorities reveal they are being quoted as much as £50,000 a week (£2.6m a year) for one child.
Children with complex needs – such as having received death threats, behavioural problems, autism spectrum disorders or being a danger to themselves or others – may require supervision from staff with specialist training, or numerous carers.

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14 Apr 2022 - Council chiefs welcome £300m to tackle drug addiction

Council leaders have welcomed a Government announcement of additional funding for local areas to tackle drug dependency as an ‘important step forward’.
Communities in England most affected by drug-related crime and addiction will receive over £300m of additional funding over the next three years to strengthen treatment and recovery services, the Department of Health and Social Care announced yesterday.

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13 Apr 2022 - Council tax rebate date: When you will get the £150 energy support payment and who is eligible to claim it

UK households feeling the squeeze of the cost of living crisis will receive a council tax rebate this spring to mitigate rising prices.
The one-off £150 payment forms part of a series of a £9.1bn Treasury support package unveiled by Rishi Sunak in February.
Unlike a separate £200 energy bill rebate being made later in the year, the rebate will not need to be repaid.

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13 Apr 2022 - Cost of living: Inflation hits 30-year high of 7% as effects of Russia's war in Ukraine begin to show

The annual rate of inflation shot up to a fresh 30-year high of 7% in March reflecting, for the first time, the immediate effects of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The largest contributors to growing inflation were increased fuel prices and energy bills, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The consumer prices index (CPI) rose from 6.2% in February and was higher than expected, with economists having predicted a rate of 6.7%.

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13 Apr 2022 - Homebuilders pledge to pay £5bn towards fire safety costs, says government

Developers have pledged to pay a combined £5bn to fix buildings with dangerous cladding and other fire safety issues, according to the housing secretary.
Thirty-five of the UK's biggest housebuilders have signed an agreement to pay a minimum of £2bn to fix their buildings.
Another £3bn is expected to be raised through an expansion to the Building Safety Levy that will be chargeable on all new residential buildings in England.

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13 Apr 2022 - Communities across UK handed control of £2.6bn levelling up funding

Communities across the United Kingdom will benefit from £2.6bn of government funding being allocated today to help spread opportunity and level up the country.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund will see places that need it most draw up plans this year to deliver on their local priorities, based on a conditional allocation of funding over the next three years.
This could include regenerating rundown high streets, fighting anti-social behaviour and crime, or helping more people into decent jobs, helping to revive communities, tackle economic decline and reverse geographical disparities in the UK, the government said.

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12 Apr 2022 - Councils will have to provide DLUHC with more data – and more often

Councils should drill deeper into their data to provide the government with more "granular" and more regular reports, an official review recommends.
But, despite the probable extra workload, an expert from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountability said it could "help decision making" and improve relationships between the government and local authorities.

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12 Apr 2022 - Biggest squeeze for public sector pay in 20 years

Public sector pay for jobs such as NHS workers, teachers and civil servants fell further behind price rises in the three months to February, figures show. While wages rose for public sector workers, price rises outpaced them meaning a 3% drop in spending power, the biggest fall in 20 years. In contrast, an average private sector employee's wage bought 0.5% less.
The latest inflation figures show the cost of living is rising at its fastest pace for 30 years. "Basic pay is now falling noticeably in real terms," said Darren Morgan from the Office for National Statistics describing the fall in spending power. The most recent figures show that inflation reached 6.2% in February and new data, due out on Wednesday, is expected to show a further rise in March.
The ONS said the unemployment rate fell to 3.8% from 3.9% last month. Capital Economics said the fall in unemployment was mainly due to people taking themselves out of the workforce by retiring or by looking after family or long-term sick.

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12 Apr 2022 - Councils could be stripped of anti-terror responsibilities in Prevent shake-up

Councils could be stripped of responsibility for Britain’s counter-terror programme under recommendations in a long-awaited review of Prevent.
William Shawcross, the former chairman of the Charity Commission leading the review, is expected to propose an independent network of Prevent professionals free from council control and with a greater focus on national security.
It follows growing criticism that the programme has failed to stop numerous terrorists in the past five years, including Ali Harbi Ali, the killer of Sir David Amess who was referred to Prevent but left unchecked after only one meeting to carry out the attack.

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12 Apr 2022 - [Opinion] Will the cap fit this time?

By Richard Humphries (Senior adviser to the Health Foundation and Newton Europe):
Last September the Government announced its ‘Build Back Better’ plan for health and social care.
This featured the introduction of an £86,000 cap on lifetime care costs, a far more generous upper financial means test threshold, the ability for self-funders (people who pay for their own care) to access care and support at the council-funded rate, and plans for councils to pay providers a ‘fair rate of care’.
The Government deserves credit for resurrecting plans to protect people from catastrophic costs, after three decades of inaction where successive governments failed to grasp the nettle. But six months on from the announcement, there are worrying signs that delivery of the reforms is heading for trouble.

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12 Apr 2022 - [Opinion] It is imperative to get the SEND reforms right

By Simon Edwards (CCN):
It has taken three years, but the end of last month saw the release of the Government’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Green Paper.
In the years since a review was first announced in 2019, County Councils Network (CCN) member authorities’ collective SEND deficits have risen dramatically and could reach £1.3bn this year. Only a handful of councils are in the black, so it is an understatement to say this paper has arrived at a critical time.
The root cause of the costs spiralling out of control are the legislative changes in the 2014 Children’s Act have which led to a huge increase in demand for education, health and care plans (EHCPs). The number of young people on EHCPs rose by 72% from 2016 to 2021 in county areas alone.
Proposals to address the future demand pressures in EHCPs through a set of national standards are welcome... However, it remains to be seen whether the paper can adequately address the substantial deficits many of our member councils currently have. Beyond the ‘Safety Valve’ programme, which are bespoke agreements with individual councils, there appears little to address the serious financial issues local government faces.

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12 Apr 2022 - Councils ‘cannot afford’ government’s waste disposal shake-up

The local authority sector has warned that government plans to ban charges for disposing of DIY waste from households threaten to pressure council finances further “beyond breaking point”.

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12 Apr 2022 - Cornwall’s housing crisis: planning and tax reforms ‘urgently required’

The section 151 officer at Cornwall Council has called on the government to implement reforms to planning and tax rules to help local authorities urgently respond to the housing crisis.
Tracie Langley, who is also Cornwall’s chief operating officer, told Room151 that the county faced a number of housing issues including: a seasonal workforce that increases demand; private sector rental owners “flipping” their properties into holiday lets; and derelict former tin-mining areas that are difficult to regenerate without government investment.

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12 Apr 2022 - Time to pause adult social care proposals

Proposed government reforms to adult social care will place huge additional burdens on local authorities with significantly increased costs. Leigh Whitehouse discusses the forecast impact at Surrey County Council and calls for a pause in the implementation to review the policy.

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11 Apr 2022 - Council tax discounts for second homeowners offering up properties for Ukrainians

Families who offer their second homes to Ukrainians will get a 50 per cent council tax discount under new laws to be laid before Parliament today. Discounts for lone householders who take in new arrivals will also be protected.

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11 Apr 2022 - DIY waste consultation

Fees for disposing of DIY waste at council recycling centres in England could be banned under government plans set out in a consultation today.

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11 Apr 2022 - LGPS employers could face legal action over sharia law compliance

Local Government Pension Scheme employers could face discrimination claims over concerns the scheme is not compliant with sharia law and staff are not offered an alternative.
A legal opinion commissioned by the LGPS advisory board found that a discrimination claim in an employment tribunal or a broader human rights-based challenge in the civil courts was possible.

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11 Apr 2022 - Tony Travers: Local government is taken for granted

The nation relies on councils’ ingenuity to deliver in response to repeated crises – but they are unlikely to get significant extra resources, writes the director of LSE London.

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11 Apr 2022 - Government pulls £100m grant for tackling obesity

Programmes to tackle obesity will have to close because the government is pulling the plug on a £100m grant for weight management services, despite evidence obesity is still rising.
Hopes have been dashed that the £100m weight management grant, which was shared between the NHS and councils, will continue into the current financial year.

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11 Apr 2022 - Councils ‘don’t have muscle’ to beat profiteering in children’s social care

Only central government can do something to stop profiteering in the children’s social care sector, the new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services said.
Speaking to LGC following his inaugural speech as president, Steve Crocker, who is also the director of children’s services at Hampshire CC, said neither local nor regional government had "sufficient muscle to deal with” the issue.

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11 Apr 2022 - New grant funding for local authorities to clamp down on fly-tipping

A number of councils in England will be awarded grants to tackle fly-tipping through trial projects, including CCTV to target hotspots, the government has announced.
Fly-tipping is a crime which blights communities, poses a risk to public health and the environment, costing up to £392m a year.

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10 Apr 2022 - Up to 40,000 civil service jobs face the axe

Thousands of civil service jobs created to tackle the pandemic and Brexit face the axe as the Treasury attempts to rein in soaring Whitehall headcounts.
Plans to slash as many as 40,000 roles will focus on cutting pandemic-related staff in the Department of Health and workers no longer needed after Brexit, The Telegraph can reveal.
The push comes as unions are warned by ministers to expect a new attempt to slash civil service exit payments as they prepare to cut the public payroll.

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10 Apr 2022 - Council tax discount for opening second homes to Ukraine refugees

Families who offer their second homes to Ukrainian refugees will get a 50 per cent council tax discount worth as much as £1,000 under new laws to be laid before Parliament on Monday.
Councils will also be barred from removing the discounts of lone householders who take in refugees under the legal changes to be unveiled by Lord Harrington, the refugees minister.
The moves are designed to ensure that no household is financially penalised if they take part in the Homes for Ukraine scheme. More than 200,000 individuals or organisations have registered, of which more than 40,000 have applied.

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08 Apr 2022 - NHS wards busy with patients ready for discharge

NHS beds are being blocked by “well” patients with three quarters still on wards despite increasing COVID-19 pressures. Of the 87,775 patients in ward beds as of April 5, around 16 per cent had Covid, the highest proportion since February 17. But separate figures published by NHS England show 71 per cent of patients deemed medically fit to leave remained stuck.

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08 Apr 2022 - Planning objections to be blocked

Homeowners will be unable to object to new solar panels, wind turbines and nuclear reactors under government plans. Its new energy strategy includes a push to build eight new nuclear reactors by 2050, carpet an area larger than Exmoor with solar panels and allow communities to be offered lower energy bills if they permit new onshore wind turbines to go ahead.

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08 Apr 2022 - Northants: one year on

As West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire unitary councils register their first full year in existence, James Smith looks at the progress made since the demise of the ill-fated county council.

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08 Apr 2022 - Fairer funding – will the wait be worth it?

Chris Buss says that any review of local government finance must address social care, business rates and council tax, but the danger is that these are just too difficult to resolve.

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08 Apr 2022 - Social care 'back of the queue' for government funding

The funding committed to social care bodies through Health and Social Care Levy, which went live today, is not enough to meet cost pressures and sector reforms, according to an expert.

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08 Apr 2022 - Council leaders defend pay decisions after pressure group findings

Council leaders have defended senior pay in response to a report that found the number of staff receiving more than £100,000 increased.
Research by the right-wing libertarian think-tank TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) found the number of council staff receiving more than £100,000 increased by 119 to at least 2,921 people during the pandemic.

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08 Apr 2022 - Section 106 agreements to be scrapped

The Government is to press ahead with plans to scrap Section 106 agreements in its forthcoming shakeup of planning.
Proposals for a standard Infrastructure Levy to replace the current system will be included in an overhaul of planning, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has confirmed.

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08 Apr 2022 - Councils urged to apply for grants to tackle gum pollution

Councils are being urged to apply for funding to clean chewing gum off of pavements and help prevent people from dropping gum in the first place.
Grants of up to £20,000 are being made available to individual councils from the Chewing Gum Task Force Grant Scheme.

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08 Apr 2022 - Consultation on replacing Vagrancy Act is launched

The Government has launched a consultation on replacing an 'outdated' law that criminalises homeless people.
It announced earlier this year it was looking to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824, which makes it an offence to sleep rough or beg in England and Wales.

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07 Apr 2022 - Defining the reporting boundary for public sector sustainability

Sustainability reporting is, by and large, a new endeavour for most of the public sector. While some jurisdictions have some form of environmental reporting, it's often not integrated with other forms of reporting, such as the annual financial statements or an organisation's annual report.
As a relatively recent addition to public sector reporting, a number of fundamental questions need to be addressed regarding how a reporting entity’s boundary should be defined. Specifically, to what extent will the reporting entity’s upstream and downstream activities be addressed by sustainability reports? This could include the impact of everything from activities in an organisation's supply chain to the funding or services they provide. Should both financial and non-financial impacts of the entity should be included?

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06 Apr 2022 - 12,000 Afghan refugees still in hotels

Around 12,000 Afghan refugees are still living in hotels as they wait for permanent housing, more than seven months since their arrival in the UK. The arrangements cost the Home Office £1.2 million a day and are reportedly prolonged by a combination of a lack of affordable housing and delays to paperwork. LGA Chairman Cllr James Jamieson, said: “Families should not be living in hotels. Government need to engage more fully with local authorities and share regular data to enable proper planning of placements, housing, school places and other support across the UK.”

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06 Apr 2022 - Business rates income set to remain below pre-pandemic level

Money raised from business rates is set to jump to £22.5bn in this financial year - but will still be well short of the amount collected before the Covid pandemic.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has compiled returns from England's 309 billing authorities, outlining what they expect to get from non-domestic rates in 2022-23.

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06 Apr 2022 - Town halls must find more cash for wages

Councils have been warned they will have to find more in their budgets to fund the sector’s increasing wage bill.
Most councils have budgeted for an increase of around 2% for future pay awards but many are now planning to revisit this amid significant increases in the rate of inflation.
The sector is particularly under pressure to increase salaries for the lower pay points as the minimum wage increases over the next few years.

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06 Apr 2022 - Councils banned from using capital flexibilities to fund redundancies

The government outlined the change in a statutory guidance letter sent to finance directors at local authorities this week, extending the flexible capital receipts regime until the end of 2024-25.
Authorities are allowed to use income from property sales to fund the revenue costs of transformation programmes aimed at reducing costs, but will now be unable to use the money to fund redundancy payments.
The guidance said: “Discretionary redundancy payments cannot be qualifying expenditure and must not be capitalised under the direction.

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05 Apr 2022 - Government maintains LEP funding levels for transition period

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will receive £375,000 funding from central government this year, as bodies prepare plans to merge with combined authorities.

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05 Apr 2022 - Council set to spend £1m to bolster cyber security

Essex County Council is set to invest £1m to help improve its cyber security, after experts warned of heightened risks of Russian interference in public bodies.

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05 Apr 2022 - Headteachers’ leaders call for return of free Covid tests

Headteachers’ leaders have criticised Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi for his “continued failure” to respond to them over the “acute” Covid situation in schools as they call for a reintroduction of free lateral flow tests.
Free lateral flow tests for pupils and staff were discontinued on April 1.
In the open letter from the Association of School and College Leaders and the NAHT school leaders’ union, headteachers’ leaders said they are “deeply concerned” about the Government’s “apparent lack of concern and support” for pupils and staff as they faced the next phase of Covid.

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05 Apr 2022 - Kimberly McIntosh: Household support fund extension fails to meet need

The Child Poverty Action Group’s senior policy and research officer says the chancellor needs to make long term investments in an adequate social security system and decent local crisis support.

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05 Apr 2022 - Revealed: 31 areas of England to get millions for bus improvements

Thirty-one areas of England have won the race for a share of funding that could see cheaper bus fares and more frequent services
The Department for Transport (DfT) today named the 31 counties, city regions and unitary authorities getting money to fund their bus service improvement plans.
Successful SCT areas are:
* Central Bedfordshire: £3.7m
* Cornwall (including Isles of Scilly): £13.3m
* Derbyshire: £47m
* Devon: £14.1m
* East Sussex: £41.4m
* Hertfordshire: £29.7m
* Kent: £35.1m
* Norfolk: £49.6m
* Nottinghamshire: £18.7m
* Oxfordshire: £12.7m
* Somerset: £11.9m
* West Sussex: £17.4m

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05 Apr 2022 - Care sector ‘on its knees’ as infection control funding ends

The withdrawal of the infection control and testing fund, a financial “lifeline” for care providers during the pandemic, has sparked fears it will lead to a wave of care providers going bust.
The fund, which has provided £1.35bn to adult social care since May 2020 and £288m for testing, will not continue from this month onwards.
One of its aims had been to help providers pay care staff off sick or forced to self-isolate as close to a full wage as possible as workers only become eligible for statutory sick pay after three days.

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05 Apr 2022 - Council depots see attempted fuel thefts in wake of price hikes

A Warwickshire council has been forced to step up security at depots following attempted fuel thefts.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said thieves had attempted to steal fuel at their Gresham Road depot, but had been stopped after security systems prevented the crime.

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05 Apr 2022 - Adult social care workforce receives £500m boost

People working in adult social care in England are set to benefit from a £500m boost that will go towards improving the recruitment and retention of staff.
The funding will come out of the £36bn that the Health and Social Care Levy, which comes into force tomorrow, is predicted to raise over the next three years.

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05 Apr 2022 - DLUHC figures highlight disjointed funding regime

Government funding for the New Homes Bonus was £622.3m for 2021-22, according to figures released by local government minister Kemi Badenoch.
Responding to a Parliamentary question from Labour MP Liam Byrne, the minister outlined the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities’ expenditure for the financial year.

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05 Apr 2022 - New restrictions on use of capital receipts

New restrictions have been imposed on the use of capital receipts by local authorities.
An updated direction published by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) states that councils will be able to continue use funds from asset sales to cover revenue costs of projects that reduce costs, increase income, or improve efficiency, as has been the case since 2016, until the 2024-25 financial year.

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05 Apr 2022 - “Let’s not overlook austerity’s impact on rural communities” says Kim McGuinness as she launches new ‘Fighting Poverty, Fighting Crime’ plan

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness has spoken out about rural poverty across the North East as she outlines how plans to tackle it will help reduce crime.
Highlighting the impact of austerity on rural communities, the Commissioner’s ‘Fighting Poverty, Fighting Crime’ Plan is the first Police and Crime Plan of its kind to focus on poverty.
The plan focuses on reducing crime through boosting jobs and youth opportunities for the region as a crucial way of supporting operational policing.
The new approach covers the whole force area – all of which is impacted by poverty, including the rural communities – from Gateshead in the south to Wooler in the north.

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04 Apr 2022 - Over £1bn of support for vulnerable families

Vulnerable families across the UK are set to receive around £1bn of support to help them access advice and services, the Government has announced.
Seventy-five local authorities have been announced as eligible for a share of £302m to create new Family Hubs. These hubs give parents advice on how to take care of their child and make sure they are safe and healthy.

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04 Apr 2022 - Council chiefs welcome £130m to tackle violent crime

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s announcement of a multi-million-pound funding package to tackle serious violence and homicide.
Around £64m of the funding will go to the existing 18 Violence Reduction Units (VRU), which bring together local partners in policing, education, health, and local government to identify and help those who might become involved in crime.

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04 Apr 2022 - ‘This is not their death’: Government promises ‘key role’ for Leps

The government has promised to not preside over the "death" of local economic partnerships (Leps) as it set out its long-awaited vision for their future as council devolution gathers pace.
Just over a year after it was announced, the government has set out the conclusions of its Lep review in a 13-page letter to Lep chairs and combined authority mayors.

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04 Apr 2022 - Mike Brewer: Sunak left councils without funds to tackle cost-of-living crisis

The Resolution Foundation's chief economist and deputy chief executive writes that the extra support announced in the spring statement is not enough for local authorities to protect their worst-off residents.

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04 Apr 2022 - Thirty-one areas given cash to boost bus services

Thirty-one areas in England including Liverpool, Norfolk and Cornwall have been picked to receive government funding to boost bus services.
However, other places such as Blackpool and Slough will miss out on the £1.08bn pot of money allocated by government.
The transport department said it gave money to areas which had the "ambition to repeat the success achieved in London - which drove up bus usage".

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04 Apr 2022 - Headteachers’ leaders call for return of free Covid tests

Headteachers’ leaders have criticised Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi for his “continued failure” to respond to them over the “acute” Covid situation in schools as they call for a reintroduction of free lateral flow tests.
Free lateral flow tests for pupils and staff were discontinued on April 1.
In the open letter from the Association of School and College Leaders and the NAHT school leaders’ union, headteachers’ leaders said they are “deeply concerned” about the Government’s “apparent lack of concern and support” for pupils and staff as they faced the next phase of Covid.

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03 Apr 2022 - Rising prices and wages land councils with their own cost-of-living crisis

Councils are facing growing challenges as the cost-of-living crisis impacts around the country. The highest rates of inflation for at least three decades are causing a sharp rise in the cost of the raw materials, labour and services they have to buy to provide public services. The LGA has estimated that even before taking account of inflation, councils will have a £1 billion funding gap in the next few years as they face growing pressures from an ageing population and an economy still dealing with COVID-19.

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03 Apr 2022 - Quarter of bus routes axed in England in last decade

Research by the Campaign for Better Transport has found that 27 per cent of bus services in England have disappeared in the last decade, with the pandemic accelerating the decline.

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03 Apr 2022 - Up to 100,000 new homes delayed by nutrient neutrality regs

The government’s promise to build 300,000 homes per year could be placed in jeopardy by new regulations put in place by Natural England.
A report by The Times said that as many as 100,000 homes have been delayed due to new ‘nutrient neutrality’ regulations.
Advice previously issued by Natural England has stated local planning authorities in areas affected by nutrient pollution may only approve projects if they are certain they will not increase the levels of nutrients in the development’s catchment area.

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02 Apr 2022 - Councils should help Ukrainian pupils attend school as soon as possible – Zahawi

The Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, has said councils should work with newly arrived Ukrainian families to make sure children can attend school as soon as possible. This includes going above published admission numbers or exceeding infant class sizes where appropriate. The LGA said councils had “concerns” about “what happens if children arrive in an area and schools are already at capacity, or schools are unwilling to take children”. It said there were potential issues with academy schools, which councils cannot direct to take pupils. The LGA’s lines were also reported by the Evening Standard.

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02 Apr 2022 - UK Homes for Ukraine scheme launches

The first UK government-funded scheme pairing sponsors with Ukrainian arrivals has been launched. The charity Reset Communities and Refugees has launched a service to link sponsors with new arrivals, provide training and help with safeguarding.

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01 Apr 2022 - New unitary may inherit ‘significant’ financial issues, report says

Cumberland Council could face a difficult start when it launches next April - thanks to a host of "significant" financial issues being tackled by one of its three successor authorities.
Copeland BC, which will merge with Allerdale BC and Carlisle City Council to form Cumberland Council on April 1 2023, is in a "financially challenging position", according to a Grant Thornton audit report, seen by LGC.

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01 Apr 2022 - No more locally-led responses to future Covid outbreaks

Experts fear the fight against Covid will be hampered after the government axed outbreak funding to councils, while it emerged that future variants would be managed nationally, not locally.
Local authorities are letting go public health staff taken on during the pandemic, after yesterday's announcement that there would be no more Covid outbreak management funding (Comf) - even though cases and hospitalisations continue to rise.

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01 Apr 2022 - Councils to fund housing for homeless refugees

Councils will have to pick up the bill for accommodating homeless Ukrainian refugees from their own budgets, a minister has said.
Latest figures from the Local Government Association found 144 Ukrainian refugees have presented to councils in England as homeless so far.
Shadow communities spokesperson Baroness Hayman pressed refugees minister Lord Harrington on what was being done for those who ‘urgently need housing’.

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Archived Headlines

2022

01 Apr 2022 - Court finds in favour of councils over child placements 01 Apr 2022 - Provisional Localised Council Tax Support Admin Grant Allocations 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling up plans will fail, IfG report claims 01 Apr 2022 - Council chiefs welcome £7.5m domestic abuse funding 01 Apr 2022 - Testing requirement for care home visits to end next month 01 Apr 2022 - Local authority accounts: embrace the complexity 01 Apr 2022 - PM pledges to explore Universal Credit increase 01 Apr 2022 - Minister pledges 'scrupulous focus' on government efficiencies 01 Apr 2022 - Betts: Government must ‘get a grip’ of energy rebates 01 Apr 2022 - Two million households on low incomes ‘face waiting weeks’ for £150 council-tax rebate 01 Apr 2022 - Energy bills rebate: Average council tax bill will fall this year after Rishi Sunak stepped in to ease cost of living crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Homes for Ukraine scheme 01 Apr 2022 - NAO: Billions in Covid-19 PPE not 'fit for purpose' 01 Apr 2022 - Liverpool launches consultation to scrap mayor 01 Apr 2022 - 1.3m families to miss out on council tax rebate 01 Apr 2022 - Gove pledges a 'waterfall of devolution' 01 Apr 2022 - Afghan refugees still unhoused 01 Apr 2022 - Amy Harhoff: Local government cannot tackle cost-of-living crisis alone 01 Apr 2022 - Gove criticises number of competitive funding pots 01 Apr 2022 - Councils call for producers to cover cost of littering 01 Apr 2022 - Government urges councils to review contracts with Russian companies 01 Apr 2022 - Government vows to end 'postcode lottery' on SEND 01 Apr 2022 - Cash-strapped councils face steep costs for breaking off Russian energy contracts 01 Apr 2022 - Ambitious reform for children and young people with SEND 01 Apr 2022 - Further council tax rebate ‘under consideration’ 01 Apr 2022 - Children’s social care provider profits warning 01 Apr 2022 - Most councils haven’t shared a penny of pandemic rate relief 01 Apr 2022 - Councils seeking clarity on Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Councils allowed to set up academy trusts in shake-up of schools system 01 Apr 2022 - Fuel prices hit school transport services 01 Apr 2022 - Nine councils to receive £300m in return for overhaul of Send services 01 Apr 2022 - Councils to bid for charge point funding as part of EV ‘revolution’ 01 Apr 2022 - IFS: public services to 'feel the squeeze' 01 Apr 2022 - Fears that devolution bill could be delayed until early 2023 01 Apr 2022 - Whitty: Focus on smoking, obesity and alcoholism has ‘gone backwards’ 01 Apr 2022 - Hopes fading for funding reform 01 Apr 2022 - Gloucestershire County Council to close four care homes 01 Apr 2022 - Minister confirms over 500 new accessible toilets to be built 01 Apr 2022 - Minister confirms over 500 new accessible toilets to be built 01 Apr 2022 - Council chiefs call for ‘urgent’ extension of COVID fund 01 Apr 2022 - ‘I’ve rattled Rishi upside-down’ – Leadsom predicts Start for Life funds boost 01 Apr 2022 - Spring statement 2022: Public sector workers 'face real-terms £1,800 pay cut' 01 Apr 2022 - Spring Statement 2022: National insurance hypothecation a 'myth' 01 Apr 2022 - School academy trust staff pay criticised 01 Apr 2022 - Spring Statement 2022: Cost of living dismay despite extra council cash 01 Apr 2022 - Spring Statement: Rishi Sunak seeks to combat cost-of-living squeeze 01 Apr 2022 - Chancellor Announces Spring Statement 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers urged to reverse public health cuts 01 Apr 2022 - Sector set to clash over rates reform 01 Apr 2022 - Inflation hits new 30-year high ahead of Sunak statement 01 Apr 2022 - A fifth of children in care self-harmed during pandemic, research finds 01 Apr 2022 - Covid inquiry ‘ignores that children paid the ultimate price’ during pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Cost to fix crumbling and pothole-plagued roads in England and Wales soars by almost a quarter to £12.6bn with backlog taking 9 years to complete 01 Apr 2022 - Council calls for support after appointing Gazprom replacement provider 01 Apr 2022 - Spring Statement 2022: What to look out for 01 Apr 2022 - Bigger councils 'not always more efficient', report finds 01 Apr 2022 - Councils remain in dark as refugees arrive 01 Apr 2022 - Unison calls for above-inflation pay rise for public sector 01 Apr 2022 - New £10m fund to help create traveller sites 01 Apr 2022 - Funding reforms key to ‘levelling up’ 01 Apr 2022 - Councils to step in if 'Homes for Ukraine' fails 01 Apr 2022 - Pressure put on Treasury for extra COVID cash 01 Apr 2022 - Cost of charging electric cars on the street hits new high 01 Apr 2022 - No 10 eyes toll roads to collect tax lost to e-cars 01 Apr 2022 - Covid hospitalisations in southern England surge 01 Apr 2022 - Roads repair backlog reaches £12.6 billion 01 Apr 2022 - Prioritise mental health support for Ukrainians arriving in UK, experts say 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak to cut fuel duty to ease cost-of-living crisis 01 Apr 2022 - How much will council tax bills be in YOUR area? Map reveals areas with biggest rise where hard-pressed families in average homes could face paying more than £2,300 a year 01 Apr 2022 - Public health measures are key to curbing Covid in UK, say scientists 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Airbrushing’ children’s lockdown experiences from the Covid inquiry is a ‘shocking oversight’ 01 Apr 2022 - Business rates ‘finished’ as funding source, says Pickles 01 Apr 2022 - DWP slashes housing crisis fund for poor Brits to lowest level in a decade 01 Apr 2022 - Government ‘unleashing chaos’ with Homes for Ukraine refugee scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Covid immunity declines steeply in care home residents in England – study 01 Apr 2022 - CIPFA/LASAAC backs IFRS16 implementation delay 01 Apr 2022 - BoE hikes interest rates again 01 Apr 2022 - IFS: Inflation to mark a doubling of income tax revenues 01 Apr 2022 - Southern cities show strongest potential 01 Apr 2022 - Send support requirements expected to be set out in law 01 Apr 2022 - Care homes ‘could close’ due to underfunded reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Discretionary housing payments to be reduced 01 Apr 2022 - Government ‘unleashing chaos’ with Homes for Ukraine refugee scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Concerns over refugee data 01 Apr 2022 - War in Ukraine: No time to check homes of refugee hosts, says minister 01 Apr 2022 - Local authorities will be able to top up council tax rebate 01 Apr 2022 - Authorities seek new solution to ease Gazprom contract exits 01 Apr 2022 - Rising social care demand 01 Apr 2022 - Disabled people facing difficult decisions in cost of living crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Authorities seek new solution to ease Gazprom contract exits 01 Apr 2022 - Stronger UK finances set to be unveiled at Spring Statement 01 Apr 2022 - Council forecasts £9m rise in energy costs 01 Apr 2022 - ‘I had no choice but to sort private care’: Families hit as councils struggle with rising social care demand 01 Apr 2022 - Britons paying over £4,000 council tax in some parts of the country with April rises due 01 Apr 2022 - Counting the infrastructure costs for county councils 01 Apr 2022 - Rob Whiteman: We can turn around the problems of local audit 01 Apr 2022 - Heseltine: government moving at ‘the slowest consensual pace’ 01 Apr 2022 - Campaigners call for new homes tax to be scrapped 01 Apr 2022 - Greater Manchester bus journeys to cost £2 01 Apr 2022 - Cornish towns fear losing out from post-Brexit regional funding scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Free Covid testing in special schools in England to end this month 01 Apr 2022 - Petrol prices set to ease after hitting record highs 01 Apr 2022 - Call to devolve Afghan refugee responsibilities 01 Apr 2022 - Leaders voice ICS frustration to minister 01 Apr 2022 - Minister rules out 'abandoning' devolution framework 01 Apr 2022 - Census delay could hit finance reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Rural communities face ‘tsunami of poverty’ 01 Apr 2022 - Energy bills rising faster than wages 01 Apr 2022 - Calls to expand fourth vaccine dose offer 01 Apr 2022 - Asset deprivation and care homes 01 Apr 2022 - Delaying National Insurance rise ‘no problem’ 01 Apr 2022 - Poorest families face prospect of inflation exceeding 10 per cent this year 01 Apr 2022 - Background checks to be carried out on people offering refuge to Ukrainians 01 Apr 2022 - Homes for Ukraine scheme 01 Apr 2022 - New refugee sponsorship scheme to include role for local authorities 01 Apr 2022 - Council chiefs call for reform of ‘adversarial’ SEND system 01 Apr 2022 - Lessons from Ukraine: are defence exclusions ‘responsible’? 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Extreme’ Prudential Code will impact reserves, warns Mike Jensen 01 Apr 2022 - No more Government support to help with energy costs 01 Apr 2022 - UK has ‘sleepwalked’ into dysfunctional children’s social care market 01 Apr 2022 - People to be asked to host Ukrainian refugees in their homes 01 Apr 2022 - Councils and NHS trusts battle to break off contracts with Gazprom Energy over Ukraine 01 Apr 2022 - No one knows how many children there are in England, children’s commissioner admits 01 Apr 2022 - How to get the council tax rebate: When it will be paid, which bands get it and how to switch to direct debit 01 Apr 2022 - Why robust procurement is essential 01 Apr 2022 - Half of NHS budget spent on preventable diseases 01 Apr 2022 - New minister for refugee crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Government gives minded approval for unprecedented bailout 01 Apr 2022 - No one knows how many children in England, says children’s commissioner 01 Apr 2022 - Croydon, Nottingham and Slough set to balance books after eleventh hour support 01 Apr 2022 - DLUHC ‘working intensively’ with sector on Ukrainian refugee scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Lords reject government bid to amend care cap 01 Apr 2022 - DLUHC officials: Councils ‘overfunded’ for Covid costs 01 Apr 2022 - Government faces 'uphill battle' on improving health 01 Apr 2022 - Planning laws reformed to speed up 5G roll-out 01 Apr 2022 - Trade unions call for £200 fuel loan to be a grant 01 Apr 2022 - Tony Travers: Levelling up will be undermined by the shunning of local leaders 01 Apr 2022 - Councils to be given chance to sponsor displaced Ukrainians 01 Apr 2022 - Government announces £150m final funding package for bus services 01 Apr 2022 - Sanctioning Gazprom would legally protect councils, Salford mayor says 01 Apr 2022 - Ukraine refugees may struggle to find places in English schools, councils say 01 Apr 2022 - Priti Patel to relax rules to allow all Ukrainian refugees fleeing Putin’s invasion to come to Britain 01 Apr 2022 - Ukraine war: UK grants 50 Ukrainian refugee visas so far 01 Apr 2022 - Concerns over 'ever-rising' cost of Gloucester City Council cyber attack 01 Apr 2022 - Councils slam local audit process 01 Apr 2022 - Cost of living crisis drives rising demand 01 Apr 2022 - Costs warning as Defra delays start date for packaging waste reform 01 Apr 2022 - LA maintenance funding frozen after cut fears 01 Apr 2022 - Extra £4.7bn for schools unlikely to cover cost pressures 01 Apr 2022 - COVID business rates relief ‘a total joke’ 01 Apr 2022 - The public bodies tied into Gazprom contracts 01 Apr 2022 - A tough sell: LGPS faces Russian divestment challenge 01 Apr 2022 - Successor schemes exceed EU structural funding, Sunak claims 01 Apr 2022 - DfE shows ‘apparent disregard’ for unequal schools’ financial health 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Shambolic’ audit system slammed for missed deadlines 01 Apr 2022 - UK’s economic growth to halve this year 01 Apr 2022 - Schools being impacted by budget reductions 01 Apr 2022 - Free flu jab to end for over 50’s 01 Apr 2022 - English councils seek exit from Russian energy firm 01 Apr 2022 - Number of children's social workers leaving roles hits five-year high 01 Apr 2022 - Second homes in Wales could face threefold council tax rise 01 Apr 2022 - No more compulsory Covid jabs for care home staff 01 Apr 2022 - Minister warns of risks of devolving 'volatile' taxes 01 Apr 2022 - Councils to have access to new online PPE portal 01 Apr 2022 - Warnings over unmet care needs 01 Apr 2022 - Clark: Reorganisation opportunity has come and gone 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax on rental homes of multiple occupation 01 Apr 2022 - Councils ‘will have to cut key services to pay for UK storm damage’ 01 Apr 2022 - Warning over ‘destabilising’ cost of social care reforms 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Disappointed’ south east counties eye second round of devo deals 01 Apr 2022 - White Paper has welcome ambition but fails to mention role of austerity 01 Apr 2022 - 'Underfunded' adult social care reforms put services at risk, warn councils 01 Apr 2022 - Cumbria drops legal challenge to reorganisation 01 Apr 2022 - Unite announces industrial action over pay 01 Apr 2022 - Homes that are not energy efficient will cost an extra £390 after price cap rises, study says 01 Apr 2022 - Woman forced to sleep in wheelchair due to lack of care staff 01 Apr 2022 - One million people risk delay getting £150 council tax rebate 01 Apr 2022 - Extra 100,000 people from Ukraine will be able to seek sanctuary in UK 01 Apr 2022 - London borough to cut council tax 01 Apr 2022 - Ukraine crisis could push annual energy bills above £3,000 for millions, expert warns 01 Apr 2022 - External review to probe council property purchases 01 Apr 2022 - MPs approve amendment restricting LGPS ‘political divestment’ 01 Apr 2022 - Care homes in England lose 1,600 beds in six-month period 01 Apr 2022 - Town halls 'could employ 1,200 youth workers with cash stripped from vital fund' 01 Apr 2022 - Sam Freedman: Give councils new powers in an all-academy school system 01 Apr 2022 - What part of ‘mayor’ don’t you understand? 01 Apr 2022 - First wave of £67m Home Upgrade Grant awarded to 22 local authorities 01 Apr 2022 - Johnson under renewed pressure to scrap National Insurance surcharge 01 Apr 2022 - County deal talks begin amid prevailing reluctance to elect mayor 01 Apr 2022 - Shared prosperity fund devo offer ‘not real devolution’ 01 Apr 2022 - Reserves needed for county to balance final budget 01 Apr 2022 - Council to bring some services back in-house 01 Apr 2022 - Service decline expected despite spending power boost 01 Apr 2022 - Public health directors warn of dangers in ending COVID-19 testing 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Tidal wave’ of homelessness warning amid cost of living crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Spring Covid boost for over-75s and high risk 01 Apr 2022 - England ending Covid isolation laws and mass free testing 01 Apr 2022 - UK government pushed to ‘come clean’ as decision on bus funding looms 01 Apr 2022 - Over 80s set to get free COVID-19 tests 01 Apr 2022 - Funding uncertainty prompts ‘Living with Covid’ warning 01 Apr 2022 - Henry Overman: Judge levelling up white paper’s success by opportunities for individuals 01 Apr 2022 - UK government pushed to ‘come clean’ as decision on bus funding looms 01 Apr 2022 - Care home founders took Covid funding and sent £2m offshore 01 Apr 2022 - Millions in England face ‘second pandemic’ of mental health issues 01 Apr 2022 - Mayor halts Bristol budget talks 01 Apr 2022 - Thousands of elderly residents kicked out in 'tsunami' of private care home closures 01 Apr 2022 - NHS bosses call for free tests and isolation to remain 01 Apr 2022 - Prepare for mass migration to cities in climate crisis, UK mayors warn 01 Apr 2022 - Basic income: Care leavers to be offered £1,600 a month for two years under Wales pilot scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Delay warning on energy bill support 01 Apr 2022 - DCN plans fee hike to fund 'ambitious' expansion 01 Apr 2022 - O'Brien backs multi-year settlement idea 01 Apr 2022 - County forecasts ‘phenomenal’ £230m funding gap 01 Apr 2022 - Analysis: ‘There is a significant risk that London is levelled down’ 01 Apr 2022 - County clashes with districts over its reluctance to adopt mayor 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling up white paper’s pensions plan could cost councils dear 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson to 'restore a smaller state' as part of No 10 'reset', says Steve Barclay 01 Apr 2022 - Gove: devolve business rates to mayors 01 Apr 2022 - Council creates cyber attack reserve 01 Apr 2022 - Inflation rises to 5.5% in January 01 Apr 2022 - Croydon to sell properties to avoid capitalisation borrowing 01 Apr 2022 - Dramatic fall in youth services spending per child 01 Apr 2022 - UK wage growth lags rising cost of living 01 Apr 2022 - Bus services could be cut by a THIRD as Covid emergency funding is axed, experts fear 01 Apr 2022 - Anger as councils sit on £850m of pandemic grants 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak’s council tax bodge undermines Gove’s white paper 01 Apr 2022 - Councillors urged to ensure short-term funding reaches social care frontline 01 Apr 2022 - Wales to consider bringing in a 'tourism tax' 01 Apr 2022 - Councils secure £174m funding for 'move on' homes for rough sleepers 01 Apr 2022 - Johnson ‘having a laugh’ over rail claim 01 Apr 2022 - Councils in the dark over bus cash pledge 01 Apr 2022 - Anna Ambrose: Councils must unlock unspent money for skills 01 Apr 2022 - NHS trusts raise ‘significant concerns’ over ‘single accountable figure’ plan 01 Apr 2022 - DLUHC official Tom Walker on the levelling up white paper 01 Apr 2022 - Councils 'in the dark' on Afghan resettlement 01 Apr 2022 - Councils rule out mayoral model 01 Apr 2022 - Councils demand to know more about deposit return scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Government has no action plan for improving children's social care 01 Apr 2022 - HMRC faces criticism over ‘cavalier’ attitude to lost billions 01 Apr 2022 - Confusion reigns over secret council audit report 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Funding cuts have changed the scale, shape and scope of local government’ 01 Apr 2022 - MRP consultation: don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater 01 Apr 2022 - How best to respond to local audit delays? 01 Apr 2022 - Clampdown on commercialism ‘could push some councils to the cliff edge’ 01 Apr 2022 - Pothole row as angry husband demands council pay for damage to wife's Porsche 01 Apr 2022 - Comment: The Red Wall Deserves a Fairer Council Tax System 01 Apr 2022 - Local Government Finance Settlement 01 Apr 2022 - Road repairs cuts to funding 01 Apr 2022 - Cost of living crisis triggering requests to help to councils, LGA warns 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Insufficient’ preparation led to IR35 non-compliance 01 Apr 2022 - Britain must choose between decades of higher taxes and cutting back welfare state, top economist warns 01 Apr 2022 - Gove asked to clarify new council tax rebate 01 Apr 2022 - Gove ‘interested’ in fiscal devolution 01 Apr 2022 - Social workers report 'surge' in children with mental health needs 01 Apr 2022 - ‘No fault’ evictions ban expected in Spring 01 Apr 2022 - NHS and social care link to be improved 01 Apr 2022 - Public health funding boost branded an ‘effective’ cut 01 Apr 2022 - Analysis: Devo framework leaves the government holding all the cards 01 Apr 2022 - Final settlement insufficient to tackle long-term pressures, sector leaders say 01 Apr 2022 - Budget cuts mean 11m rural potholes will go unfilled 01 Apr 2022 - Thousands rush to challenge council tax bands to get £150 rebates 01 Apr 2022 - Budget cuts mean 11m rural potholes will go unfilled 01 Apr 2022 - New performance body will measure happiness and life satisfaction 01 Apr 2022 - County deal wish list: Nottinghamshire considers expanding horizons 01 Apr 2022 - County deal wish list: Durham seeks skills, transport and housing powers 01 Apr 2022 - Families spend £14.6m replacing missing disability support 01 Apr 2022 - Social care cap amendment to ‘disproportionately’ hit North 01 Apr 2022 - What levelling up? Councils forced into tax rises and drastic service cuts 01 Apr 2022 - Most Tory voters want more affordable housing stock, finds poll 01 Apr 2022 - Emergency consultation launched on delaying IFRS 16 implementation 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax support scheme will be ‘challenging to deliver’ 01 Apr 2022 - Government sets 5% local investment target for LGPS to help levelling up 01 Apr 2022 - LEPs set to be ‘integrated’ into combined authorities 01 Apr 2022 - Tony Travers: Levelling up will continue to be run from SW1 01 Apr 2022 - Social workers warn of rise in mental health problems among children 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax cut is ‘loopy and lopsided’ 01 Apr 2022 - Home Office criticised for not housing asylum seekers properly as hotel costs mount 01 Apr 2022 - ‘No viable alternative’: UK must introduce road pricing, MPs say 01 Apr 2022 - Millions to receive £350 boost to help with rising energy costs 01 Apr 2022 - Government accused of watering down gigabit broadband pledge after 2030 ‘Levelling Up’ target announced 01 Apr 2022 - The volunteers helping people cope with high energy bills 01 Apr 2022 - New register for children not in school to be launched 01 Apr 2022 - UK hotel bill for 37,000 migrants is £1.2m a day, MPs told 01 Apr 2022 - Theresa May urges her local council to drop plan to abolish arts funding 01 Apr 2022 - Children in care homes 'seen as criminals not victims' 01 Apr 2022 - BoE expected to raise rates again 01 Apr 2022 - Slough bids for £270m capitalisation direction 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling up white paper set to encourage local investment by LGPS funds 01 Apr 2022 - NAO report on levelling up funding 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling Up White Paper 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling up will take years, IFS warns 01 Apr 2022 - Rural health services need ‘levelling up’, MPs say 01 Apr 2022 - Gove announces plan for £16bn LGPS levelling up investment 01 Apr 2022 - Cumbria leader: Judge misunderstood judicial review application 01 Apr 2022 - Government to target 55 ‘cold-spots’ in bid to level up education 01 Apr 2022 - Councils get powers to fine motorists for minor offences 01 Apr 2022 - Poorest households face financial ‘catastrophe’ in April as cost of living increases 01 Apr 2022 - Council chiefs in supply chain warning 01 Apr 2022 - Staff shortages ‘clear and present danger’ 01 Apr 2022 - Government set to break UK Shared Prosperity Fund manifesto commitment 01 Apr 2022 - Government set to break UK Shared Prosperity Fund manifesto commitment 01 Apr 2022 - Minister sets timeline for Send green paper 01 Apr 2022 - Kerslake: Voting system change designed to ‘influence’ election results 01 Apr 2022 - £1.5bn levelling up pot to ‘breathe fresh life’ into disadvantaged areas 01 Apr 2022 - Mandatory jabs for NHS staff in England could end 01 Apr 2022 - Council 'breached procurement laws' over contract with subsidiary firm 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling-up plans target rogue landlords in the private sector 01 Apr 2022 - Auditors identify fraudulent payments in council financial statements 01 Apr 2022 - One-off grant sparks financial ‘cliff edge’ fear 01 Apr 2022 - DfE ‘drawing up proposals’ for councils to run academy trusts 01 Apr 2022 - Budget could increase inflation, says Treasury Committee 01 Apr 2022 - Authority to publish carbon ‘budget’ alongside finances 01 Apr 2022 - NAO: Significant weaknesses remain in government financial modelling 01 Apr 2022 - Gove allows under-pressure councils to drop services 01 Apr 2022 - One in five UK councils have no climate action plan, campaigners say 01 Apr 2022 - National Insurance: Minister says rise in April 'is going ahead' after reports Boris Johnson is considering delaying tax hike 01 Apr 2022 - Domestic abuse rises sharply as cause of homelessness in England 01 Apr 2022 - Rents are rising at ‘the fastest rate on record’ 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling up in doubt as £1bn a year cut from post-Brexit regional funding, MPs warn Rishi Sunak 01 Apr 2022 - One in six office staff would quit if denied flexible working 01 Apr 2022 - Authority to publish carbon ‘budget’ alongside finances 01 Apr 2022 - Cumbria continues legal battle against reorganisation 01 Apr 2022 - LEPs claim survival chances boosted 01 Apr 2022 - £37.8m government funding for local authorities to boost cybersecurity 01 Apr 2022 - Star Hobson: Bradford Council stripped of children's and social care services in wake of toddler's death 01 Apr 2022 - Green revolution of homes ‘slowed down by flaws and gaps in government support’ 01 Apr 2022 - Reinventing schools would boost Britain by £125bn a year, Times Education Commission finds 01 Apr 2022 - Cabinet split emerges over National Insurance increase 01 Apr 2022 - Key worker pay falling behind rising prices, says TUC 01 Apr 2022 - Fair Cost of Care fund won't be enough, say providers 01 Apr 2022 - National tutoring programme is scandalous failure, MPs told 01 Apr 2022 - Gove denies levelling-up funding ‘abuse’ amid concerns raised by MPs 01 Apr 2022 - Minister resigns over government record on Covid business loan fraud 01 Apr 2022 - At least 4,000 non-Covid excess deaths caused by pandemic in England, report finds 01 Apr 2022 - PM ‘committed’ to National Insurance tax rise despite calls to scrap move 01 Apr 2022 - DHLUC official: Voter ID cards ‘by the end of this year’ 01 Apr 2022 - Finance round up: District plans council tax cut as county faces £100m shortfall 01 Apr 2022 - District authority to use reserves to fund council tax reduction 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax rebates could offset rises in energy bills 01 Apr 2022 - Councils call for hybrid meetings for budget setting period 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax rise: Your bills could rise by £220 - are you affected? 01 Apr 2022 - UK’s biggest cities lose nearly a year of sales to Covid-related downturn 01 Apr 2022 - Entire cabinet 'would back a tax hike delay': Ministers are ready to act as top Tories, business chiefs and economists turn up the heat on Boris Johnson over planned national insurance rise, source sa 01 Apr 2022 - NHS ‘destabilising’ care market by paying ‘over the odds’ for carers and beds 01 Apr 2022 - Justine Greening: ‘A thousand levelling up flowers can bloom through councils’ 01 Apr 2022 - Fly-tipping: Government plans to tackle 'new narcotics' of waste crime 01 Apr 2022 - Value of county’s commercial investments plummet 01 Apr 2022 - Self-imposed housing moratorium costs council £1m 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-19: The worst yet to come for local authorities 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers acknowledge long-term savings from Everyone In 01 Apr 2022 - County chief set to revert to district role 01 Apr 2022 - Council chiefs warn vital health services ‘at risk’ 01 Apr 2022 - Sector call for reinstatement of remote meetings gains momentum 01 Apr 2022 - Spending power squeeze amid inflation warning 01 Apr 2022 - Cornwall declares critical care incident 01 Apr 2022 - Two more council partnerships scrapped 01 Apr 2022 - Government calls civil servants back to the office 01 Apr 2022 - Firms fined £33m for role in council pre-paid card ‘cartels’ 01 Apr 2022 - All Covid restrictions in England could end in March under No 10 plans 01 Apr 2022 - Hospitality warning on Covid grants 01 Apr 2022 - Pay rises fail to keep up with the cost of living 01 Apr 2022 - Strike action ‘doubtful’ as union’s ballot results come in 01 Apr 2022 - Joanne Pitt: Effective scrutiny vital as budget decisions get even tougher 01 Apr 2022 - Further details of Lancashire county deal revealed 01 Apr 2022 - Bradford has most 'levelling up' potential, Index finds 01 Apr 2022 - Javid guarantees private hospitals up to £270m before April amid Omicron risk 01 Apr 2022 - Vulnerable adults in England left uncared for as staffing levels fall 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson prepares mass clearout to save own skin 01 Apr 2022 - Drivers warned as UK roads in pothole crisis – ‘can cause costly damage’ 01 Apr 2022 - UK households facing ‘fuel stress’ will treble to 6.3m – thinktank 01 Apr 2022 - Self-isolation law set to be scrapped in favour of move towards ‘learning to live with COVID-19’ 01 Apr 2022 - Half of councils forced to ration care, survey reveals 01 Apr 2022 - IFS: Inner London and shire districts likely losers from funding reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Councils should consider pressures index similar to NHS 01 Apr 2022 - Gove closes tax loophole on second homes 01 Apr 2022 - Consultation on local government finance reform ‘due in the Spring’ 01 Apr 2022 - Government to cut £50m school grant 01 Apr 2022 - Economy at pre-pandemic levels in November 01 Apr 2022 - COVID passes to be scrapped 01 Apr 2022 - Pothole-related breakdowns hit three-year high 01 Apr 2022 - The LGA and WPI Economics have Published Research into LG Funding Reform 01 Apr 2022 - Short term holiday rentals ‘crippling’ rural communities, warns charity 01 Apr 2022 - Improving health of 'left behind' neighbourhoods could boost economy by £30bn, report finds 01 Apr 2022 - Staff shortages are ‘excessively high’, warn care providers 01 Apr 2022 - Councils chosen to pilot planning schemes 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling up funding failing to focus on social issues, finds research 01 Apr 2022 - Councils to lose out following Jamie’s Italian collapse 01 Apr 2022 - Daily cases drop 45 per cent in a week 01 Apr 2022 - Councils can offer rough sleepers cash as ‘incentives’ to get jab 01 Apr 2022 - IFS: Councils overestimated financial hit from pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Gove clashes with Treasury over bid to boost manufacturing 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax rise cancellation call 01 Apr 2022 - Stephen Hughes: Business rates system still needs fundamental reform 01 Apr 2022 - Widespread concern at ‘pointless’ business grants red tape 01 Apr 2022 - Hit services or your residents? The great council tax dilemma 01 Apr 2022 - McManus: Public health funding delay may lead to service cuts 01 Apr 2022 - County leaders hit back at Gove’s governor notion as a ‘recipe for disaster’ 01 Apr 2022 - Council calls on staff to volunteer for social care roles 01 Apr 2022 - Planning U-turn lets residents keep right to reject new builds 01 Apr 2022 - Cutting self-isolation to five days would be helpful, Nadhim Zahawi says 01 Apr 2022 - County seeks approval on care worker payment incentive 01 Apr 2022 - Scrap business rates due to energy costs – Labour 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson drawing up plans for UK to learn to live with COVID-19 01 Apr 2022 - ‘We are coming for you’: Gove’s warning to unsafe property developers 01 Apr 2022 - Too many people living in expensive, unsuitable, poor quality homes – report 01 Apr 2022 - Three-day Covid test wait adding to spiralling workforce pressures 01 Apr 2022 - Essex CC's levelling up plans 'genuinely trailblazing' 01 Apr 2022 - NAO qualifies opinion on BEIS accounts due to fraud in Covid-19 schemes 01 Apr 2022 - Care providers call for ‘emergency army of volunteers’ 01 Apr 2022 - Auditor fined over local audit failings 01 Apr 2022 - Cost of living crisis and social care 01 Apr 2022 - Plea for return of online council meetings 01 Apr 2022 - Councils in £450m ‘truck cartels’ compensation challenge 01 Apr 2022 - District Council proposes U-turn on council tax rise after government boost 01 Apr 2022 - Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi says 'we must do everything we can' to keep schools open as he announces extra help 01 Apr 2022 - Over two thirds of councils set to raise council tax by maximum 01 Apr 2022 - Less than half social care staff have had Covid booster 01 Apr 2022 - Covid: Boris Johnson plans to 'ride out' Omicron wave with no more curbs 01 Apr 2022 - Bins ‘overflowing’ across parts of England due to Covid-related staff shortages after Christmas 01 Apr 2022 - More than 90 care home operators in England declare red alert over staffing 01 Apr 2022 - People who test positive on lateral flow tests won't need follow-up PCR, govt to announce - as 'around a million' isolating 01 Apr 2022 - Extra £60m to support adult social care services 01 Apr 2022 - Councils call for billions of pounds to be diverted from NHS to social care 01 Apr 2022 - Counties' concern at care funding 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Cost-of-living catastrophe’ 01 Apr 2022 - Government drawing up plans to prioritise key workers during test shortages 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling up to wait as No 10 confronts Covid 01 Apr 2022 - Sugar tax diverted away from fighting childhood obesity 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Super stranded’ patients take up 3,000 more NHS hospital beds in a year 01 Apr 2022 - Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: More vulnerable children to be let in school during future lockdown closures 01 Apr 2022 - More COVID-19 absences expected as UK schools return 01 Apr 2022 - NHS trusts declare critical incidents amid COVID-19 staff crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Bins ‘overflowing’ in parts of England as COVID-19 hits collections 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers reject calls for council meetings to be held online

2021

01 Apr 2022 - Councils to get £100m to support businesses hit by Omicron 01 Apr 2022 - Data reveals UK areas with the most new-build homes since 2017 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury windfall from rising energy prices 01 Apr 2022 - Local authority audit crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax rises 01 Apr 2022 - Social care system ‘infuriatingly inadequate’ 01 Apr 2022 - Domestic abuse services brace for surge in victims seeking help in first week of January 01 Apr 2022 - Councils call for billions of pounds to be diverted from NHS to social care 01 Apr 2022 - £316 million government funding boost to tackle homelessness 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak announces £1bn fund for businesses 01 Apr 2022 - Energy bills could hit £2,000 a year 01 Apr 2022 - Deprived areas suffered most from austerity 01 Apr 2022 - Comf funding frustration ‘very much understood’ by senior UKHSA official 01 Apr 2022 - £25m scheme to protect rough sleepers launched 01 Apr 2022 - Councils to receive over £22m to boost vaccine uptake 01 Apr 2022 - Counties' concern at care funding 01 Apr 2022 - School cuts without precedent in ‘post-war UK history’ 01 Apr 2022 - ‘North Shropshire result was about being neglected’ 01 Apr 2022 - Government to extend additional audit funding 01 Apr 2022 - Settlement allocation ‘clear indication of levelling-up’ 01 Apr 2022 - Revised Prudential Code published 01 Apr 2022 - Resettlement of refugees 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling Up: Has COVID-19 changed the maths of where funding should go? 01 Apr 2022 - Anger over child deaths should not trigger knee-jerk overhaul of social care policy 01 Apr 2022 - UK shoppers avoid High Streets amid Omicron fears 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak has just 24 hours to save pubs from lockdown ‘limbo’, industry warns 01 Apr 2022 - Retired teachers urged to return to classrooms to cover staff absence as Omicron takes hold 01 Apr 2022 - Christmas curbs could be brought in within days, says Sajid Javid 01 Apr 2022 - One-year finance settlement provides 4% real-terms boost 01 Apr 2022 - Interest rates rise 01 Apr 2022 - Sector voices disappointment over 'stop-gap' local government settlement 01 Apr 2022 - £53.9bn government funding for councils to help level up country 01 Apr 2022 - Cuts undermine fight against child criminal exploitation 01 Apr 2022 - Government actuary warns of pensions ‘strain’ on council budgets 01 Apr 2022 - No 10 ‘fixation’ with single health and care leader is delaying white paper 01 Apr 2022 - 20-30 councils in ‘active discussions’ over government support 01 Apr 2022 - Nottingham issues section 114 notice following HRA error 01 Apr 2022 - Schools preparing for move to online learning in January 01 Apr 2022 - Councils postpone council meetings over variant fears 01 Apr 2022 - Cut back on social plans over Christmas, warns Chief Medical Officer 01 Apr 2022 - Pubs, shops and restaurants could be forced to shut in January as Omicron rips through Britain sparking staff shortages 01 Apr 2022 - Prepare to bring back furlough, IMF tells Rishi Sunak 01 Apr 2022 - Inflation surges to 10-year high of 5.1pc 01 Apr 2022 - Government defends care reform funding 01 Apr 2022 - Inflation in record increase 01 Apr 2022 - Council ‘named and shamed’ for not paying minimum wage 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Levelling up’ agenda undermined by pandemic response 01 Apr 2022 - Covid booster drive criticised amid call for vaccine hubs within councils 01 Apr 2022 - Analysis: fair funding review edges closer as concern builds over who will lose out 01 Apr 2022 - Bob Hudson: It is not clear what government thinks social care sector is for 01 Apr 2022 - The police bill is an unprecedented assault on our freedom – Priti Patel must be stopped [opinion] 01 Apr 2022 - Heads warn of Omicron chaos in English schools, with staff and pupils absent 01 Apr 2022 - Afghan refugees unable to use more than 3,000 spare rooms offered by UK households, charities say 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak told to abandon tax rises as Omicron surges 01 Apr 2022 - Businesses to get more funding and possible furlough support if further lockdown is imposed 01 Apr 2022 - Government dismisses fears over reorganisation master plan 01 Apr 2022 - Councils call for extension to outbreak funding 01 Apr 2022 - Council chiefs welcome £300m social care funding 01 Apr 2022 - Police warn people less likely to comply with Covid rules after Christmas party scandal 01 Apr 2022 - Covid: Work-from-home guidance reintroduced in England 01 Apr 2022 - Three in five councils fail to carry out a single fly tipping prosecution 01 Apr 2022 - Care home bosses decry £60 pay-outs from fund to retain staff 01 Apr 2022 - Hunt launched to find ‘ghost children’ missing from schools in England 01 Apr 2022 - Homecare services crisis in England at worst point yet, say operators 01 Apr 2022 - Government to spend £500m to tackle overpayment 01 Apr 2022 - MPs urge government to rethink plans for election checks 01 Apr 2022 - Remote meetings: government response promised ‘shortly’ 01 Apr 2022 - Calls to extend Covid outbreak funding as concerns grow over contact tracing capacity 01 Apr 2022 - Anger over white paper leaks purporting mass reorganisation 01 Apr 2022 - Counties face funding shortfall of over £500m next year 01 Apr 2022 - Concerns build over impact of Plan B on councils 01 Apr 2022 - Dozens eyeing council tax rise 01 Apr 2022 - ‘F-20’ councils call for greater government funding 01 Apr 2022 - Fly-tipping in England increases during pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - England introduces Plan B rule changes 01 Apr 2022 - Households in England face 'double-whammy' council tax tax rise next year 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers plan sweeping changes to local government as part of levelling up agenda, leaked paper reveals 01 Apr 2022 - Omicron variant may be 'milder' but its infection rate could be 'devastating', expert warns 01 Apr 2022 - UK economy stutters as health sector drives growth 01 Apr 2022 - Borough in section 114 ‘territory’ 01 Apr 2022 - Council spending on transport soars through Covid-19 01 Apr 2022 - Businesses and unions call for state help after England adopts Covid plan B 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Fury’ that No 10 party will hamper Covid enforcement 01 Apr 2022 - Copeland ‘heading towards section 114’ 01 Apr 2022 - Prudential code changes sparks fear for district finances 01 Apr 2022 - Counties call for strategic planning model 01 Apr 2022 - Catch-up tuition plans in doubt 01 Apr 2022 - Alcohol deaths in UK hit new high after record increase 01 Apr 2022 - LEPs to be ‘scrapped’ as part of levelling up plans 01 Apr 2022 - Work from home plans 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling up white paper delayed until next month 01 Apr 2022 - Pickles committee calls for more freedoms and resources for councils 01 Apr 2022 - Staffordshire councils agree county deal proposals 01 Apr 2022 - Largest ever funding boost to tackle drug misuse 01 Apr 2022 - Plans for council tax reform in Wales 01 Apr 2022 - Omicron spreading in the community, Javid confirms 01 Apr 2022 - Call for minimum funding 'floor' 01 Apr 2022 - McManus: more funding needed to support vaccination drive 01 Apr 2022 - CIPFA reveals support for Prudential Code changes 01 Apr 2022 - Drug policy to be overhauled to focus on getting users healthcare 01 Apr 2022 - 'Councils have been short-changed. We need more government money’ 01 Apr 2022 - Health and social care levy will ‘only go up’, warns Jeremy Hunt 01 Apr 2022 - Next pandemic could be more lethal says jab creator 01 Apr 2022 - Omicron cases rise more than 50 per cent a day 01 Apr 2022 - Government action following murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Civil war by January’? The areas lined up for pilot county deals 01 Apr 2022 - Richard Humphries: White paper will not stop social care crisis deepening 01 Apr 2022 - Cornwall plans to cut 410 jobs to tackle budget shortfall 01 Apr 2022 - Somerset unitary elections date confirmed 01 Apr 2022 - County drafts in army after widespread power cuts 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Not clear’ how government will achieve social care ambitions in white paper 01 Apr 2022 - Much of government spending ‘either not evaluated robustly or not evaluated at all’ 01 Apr 2022 - Designations under coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations 01 Apr 2022 - Officers implore government to rethink remote meeting rules 01 Apr 2022 - Social care White Paper ‘set up to fail’ 01 Apr 2022 - Staff absences impacting pupils, say headteachers 01 Apr 2022 - Inadequate fraud checks for Government Bounce Back Loans 01 Apr 2022 - Afghan refugee resettlement 01 Apr 2022 - Councils set to trial digital technology to support social care 01 Apr 2022 - Figures show 688 homeless people died in 2020 01 Apr 2022 - Government hauls in auditors after 'flying blind' accusation 01 Apr 2022 - DLUHC engages with 150 councils over finances 01 Apr 2022 - Schools beg parents to plug budget gaps 01 Apr 2022 - At least 42,000 social care staff have left sector since April, figures show 01 Apr 2022 - New ‘handyman’ repair service will help elderly stay at home longer 01 Apr 2022 - County borrows £50m to repay LOBO loan 01 Apr 2022 - Local contact tracing funding warning 01 Apr 2022 - Social care staffing crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Adult social care white paper 01 Apr 2022 - Neighbours to decide planning rules using street referendums 01 Apr 2022 - Most deprived schools hit hardest by education cuts in England, IFS says 01 Apr 2022 - DLUHC to tighten rules on debt repayment provision 01 Apr 2022 - Nandy appointed shadow levelling up secretary 01 Apr 2022 - Osborne urges ministers to 'double' devolution efforts 01 Apr 2022 - Government allocates £11m to develop brownfield sites 01 Apr 2022 - Councils urged to invest in public toilets 01 Apr 2022 - Most deprived schools hit hardest by education cuts in England, IFS says 01 Apr 2022 - Watchdog's concern over deprivation of liberty orders 01 Apr 2022 - Josh MacAlister: councils should tackle excess profits in children’s care 01 Apr 2022 - Many DPHs ‘want plan B now’ amid concerns over contact tracing capacity 01 Apr 2022 - Care costs bill 01 Apr 2022 - Almost 400,000 on social care lists amid ‘rapidly deteriorating’ situation 01 Apr 2022 - New vaccines 'ready in 100 days' for Omicron variant 01 Apr 2022 - Schools asked to introduce on-site testing after Christmas 01 Apr 2022 - MPs to probe council tax collection 01 Apr 2022 - Domestic abuse crimes rose by 6% in past year 01 Apr 2022 - Commissioners warn of ‘capacity challenges’ in Liverpool’s finance department 01 Apr 2022 - Cost pressures mount on maintained schools 01 Apr 2022 - Government considering single leader for local NHS and care services 01 Apr 2022 - We’ll pay for northern rail lines, say northern leaders 01 Apr 2022 - Asylum seekers: Councils will be forced to take unaccompanied children arriving in small boats 01 Apr 2022 - Some elderly may have to sell homes to fund care, Boris Johnson admits 01 Apr 2022 - People in residential care dying alone and 'neglected' amid 'dangerously low' staffing levels 01 Apr 2022 - CCN conference: Hunt 'very worried' about social care funding 01 Apr 2022 - CCN conference: LEPs look set to be scrapped 01 Apr 2022 - Children’s homes that cost up to £22,000 per child a week 01 Apr 2022 - MPs back change to social care cost cap funding 01 Apr 2022 - Councils instructed to take care of child asylum seekers 01 Apr 2022 - Dilnot ‘very disappointed’ by social care cap announcement 01 Apr 2022 - Freeports risk being ‘killed off’ by officials in Treasury 01 Apr 2022 - PM told: dump plan for care charges or face Tory rebellion 01 Apr 2022 - County 'breached procurement laws twice' 01 Apr 2022 - New homes to have electric car chargers by law 01 Apr 2022 - Number of people contacting NSPCC about child abuse hits record level 01 Apr 2022 - Almost 100,000 children could be in care by 2025 01 Apr 2022 - MPs to debate social care cost cap plan 01 Apr 2022 - Councils question logic of ministers’ community renewal fund decisions 01 Apr 2022 - £1.7bn early intervention cut prompts Armstrong call for levelling up rethink 01 Apr 2022 - Concern at Cipfa’s plans to tighten prudential code 01 Apr 2022 - Peers warn of ‘a crisis in child vulnerability’ 01 Apr 2022 - No deal from last-ditch pay talks 01 Apr 2022 - Business rate provisions swell council reserves 01 Apr 2022 - £96bn rail improvement programme announced 01 Apr 2022 - Care cost cap architect says change will hit poorest the hardest 01 Apr 2022 - Vulnerable children unable to access help due to austerity, says inquiry 01 Apr 2022 - Social Care: The True Cost? 01 Apr 2022 - A&E overcrowding in UK ‘killing thousands a year’, say doctors 01 Apr 2022 - Poorer pensioners hit as cap on social care costs diluted 01 Apr 2022 - One in four primary children clinically obese 01 Apr 2022 - Inflation: UK prices soar at fastest rate for almost ten years 01 Apr 2022 - Government ‘lost control of universal credit fraud’ during pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Manchester faces £85m budget shortfall by 2025 01 Apr 2022 - Give social care workers £1,000 bonus to protect NHS, ministers urged 01 Apr 2022 - Heseltine on Levelling Up 01 Apr 2022 - Gove eyes a ‘Northern renaissance’ 01 Apr 2022 - ‘End to free COVID-19 tests’ 01 Apr 2022 - Long-awaited SEND review to focus on reducing ‘local variation’ 01 Apr 2022 - Real Living Wage rises to £9.90 an hour 01 Apr 2022 - Relief as local role recognised in COP26 draft text 01 Apr 2022 - Cambridgeshire appoints new chief 01 Apr 2022 - Government ‘misled’ unitary over cyber attack support, say councillors 01 Apr 2022 - Calls for radical expansion of parish and town councils 01 Apr 2022 - Council to consult on care home closures 01 Apr 2022 - People with mental health issues three times more likely to fall into council tax arrears, charity warns 01 Apr 2022 - Projects secure funding to improve safety of women at night 01 Apr 2022 - Local road condition worsens 01 Apr 2022 - NHS leaders call for social care support 01 Apr 2022 - Nottingham sets out plans to tackle £28m budget gap 01 Apr 2022 - Middlesbrough to vote on scrapping chief exec role 01 Apr 2022 - Government to reduce competitive funding pots 01 Apr 2022 - Councils to pilot innovative ways of working with £5m funding boost 01 Apr 2022 - Gove signals ‘redistribution’ of funding to support poorer councils 01 Apr 2022 - Gove calls for PM to chair cabinet committee on levelling up 01 Apr 2022 - Gove ‘genuinely interested’ in double devolution proposals, says MP 01 Apr 2022 - Tony Travers: Gove needs to offer resources and the retreat of Whitehall 01 Apr 2022 - Covid jab to be compulsory for NHS England staff 01 Apr 2022 - Delay mandatory vaccines for care home staff or face ‘mass exodus’, ministers told 01 Apr 2022 - One in ten care workers could lose job over compulsory Covid jabs 01 Apr 2022 - Government to pause leaseholders paying to make cladding safe, Gove confirms 01 Apr 2022 - Gove suggests local government reforms will not go ahead 01 Apr 2022 - Counties warn of a 'chasm' in electric vehicle chargers 01 Apr 2022 - Local government needs £68bn to become net zero, report finds 01 Apr 2022 - Names of two new Cumbria unitaries confirmed 01 Apr 2022 - UK stop-and-search data ‘withheld to hide rise in discrimination’ 01 Apr 2022 - Revised codes set for 'soft launch' 01 Apr 2022 - PWLB borrowing crashed in October 01 Apr 2022 - Authorities ‘disappointed’ at proposed scrapping of school grant 01 Apr 2022 - Commission calls for 'radical rethink' on calculating housing demand 01 Apr 2022 - Half of school CO2 monitors undelivered 01 Apr 2022 - Taxi driver shortages 01 Apr 2022 - 10,000 new charging points amid surge in electric cars 01 Apr 2022 - England’s hospitals already at peak winter bed capacity, bosses warn 01 Apr 2022 - Government extends post-Brexit fund timetable following delay 01 Apr 2022 - BoE keeps interest rate at record low in surprise move 01 Apr 2022 - Government allocates £200m Community Renewal Funding 01 Apr 2022 - Minister says family hubs should be ‘Sure Start plus plus plus’ 01 Apr 2022 - Government extends post-Brexit fund timetable following delay 01 Apr 2022 - Council-backed energy firm delays energy payments to regulator 01 Apr 2022 - Review recommends £43m of property sales at cash-strapped council 01 Apr 2022 - Tony Travers: Upskilling is the key to levelling up, not random cash injections 01 Apr 2022 - Cash-strapped councils must sell off town halls and public toilets, warns minister 01 Apr 2022 - Scheme to replace EU cash for poor areas unveiled 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers launch TV ad campaign to tackle care worker shortage 01 Apr 2022 - Cumbria chief quits after three months 01 Apr 2022 - Over 400,000 firms 'stuck' in business rates appeal system 01 Apr 2022 - More than 60 councils receive share of £52m rough sleeping grant 01 Apr 2022 - LGA seeks urgent clarity on Community Renewal Fund 01 Apr 2022 - Regulator 'disappointed' at timeliness of local government auditor reporting 01 Apr 2022 - Budget 2021: Council tax cut will leave councils struggling, says IFS 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak hails business rates’ ‘central role’ despite £7bn cut 01 Apr 2022 - Social care precept cap to be lowered despite soaring demand pressures 01 Apr 2022 - Lords voice concerns over care levy 01 Apr 2022 - Gove in major review of new department 01 Apr 2022 - Autumn budget 2021: Spending is splendid, until it translates to reality 01 Apr 2022 - LGA in adult social care warning 01 Apr 2022 - Disadvantage kids slower to catch up from learning lost during pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Toughen up rules on ministers’ conduct – watchdog 01 Apr 2022 - Twice as many youth services in England’s richest areas – survey 01 Apr 2022 - All NHS COVID-19 testing sites will start closing early 01 Apr 2022 - Britain won’t reach net zero unless local councils help retrofit homes, MPs warn 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax to soar as costs of social care and Covid rise 01 Apr 2022 - Online sales tax planned after Sunak eases business rates burden 01 Apr 2022 - Autumn Budget 2021: Key points at-a-glance 01 Apr 2022 - Autumn budget 2021: Spending is splendid, until it translates to reality [opinion] 01 Apr 2022 - Budget 2021: Sunak unfreezes public sector pay 01 Apr 2022 - Budget 2021: social care 'left out in cold' 01 Apr 2022 - Spending Review: Councils to receive £4.8bn increase in grant funding 01 Apr 2022 - Fund social care now to protect NHS, Sunak told 01 Apr 2022 - Call to write off ‘two to three billion’ Send deficit 01 Apr 2022 - Councillors fear blame for looming tax rise 01 Apr 2022 - Expectations tempered for Spending Review 01 Apr 2022 - Britain's most expensive towns for council tax revealed 01 Apr 2022 - Councils and health leaders call for greater social care funding in Spending Review 01 Apr 2022 - Public sector pay rise pledge expected to ‘set tone’ of future pay negotiations 01 Apr 2022 - Budget 2021: Public sector workers set for pay rise, says Sunak 01 Apr 2022 - National Living Wage set to rise to £9.50 an hour 01 Apr 2022 - Housing reform could boost public finances by £9bn, Rishi Sunak told by building tsar ahead of Budget 01 Apr 2022 - Recycling plastics does not work, says Boris Johnson 01 Apr 2022 - Councils warn children’s social care costs will soar by £600m a year 01 Apr 2022 - Budget 2021: Ministers pledge £500m to support young families 01 Apr 2022 - Gove on social care, levelling up and planning 01 Apr 2022 - Government rejects financial ‘yellow card’ idea 01 Apr 2022 - Watchdog warns care services face a 'tsunami of unmet need' 01 Apr 2022 - Spending Review set to reveal future of council finance reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Government undershoots deficit estimate 01 Apr 2022 - Councils’ net spend up 11% during pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Two ministers given ‘levelling up’ responsibilities 01 Apr 2022 - £850m cash boost for high streets to regenerate old buildings 01 Apr 2022 - Private children's home providers’ prices and profits too high, says UK regulator 01 Apr 2022 - Councils rubbish plans for universal green waste collections 01 Apr 2022 - Home care system for elderly with dementia is ‘on its knees’ 01 Apr 2022 - Homecare costs outstrip funding from councils, says report 01 Apr 2022 - Budget about investing in public services - Sunak 01 Apr 2022 - NHS in England to receive £5.9bn to cut waiting lists 01 Apr 2022 - £2bn for new homes on derelict or unused land 01 Apr 2022 - Professors urge 'some kind of Plan B' and warn emergency departments are in 'terrible place' 01 Apr 2022 - Home Office refuses to reveal details of Afghans’ resettlement 01 Apr 2022 - Tory MPs back plan to give people a vote on new housing in their areas 01 Apr 2022 - Councillors demand better protection from abuse and death threats 01 Apr 2022 - Care Homes Risk Being Hit By 'Tsunami' Caused By Workforce Exodus 01 Apr 2022 - Afghan refugees may be housed in UK hotels for up to a year, say councils 01 Apr 2022 - Third of low-income households unable to pay bills, finds research 01 Apr 2022 - Anti-obesity scheme to offer voucher rewards for healthy living 01 Apr 2022 - Spending Review set to reveal future of council finance reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Badenoch takes charge of local government finance 01 Apr 2022 - Cabinet backs 20-20 vision for Oxfordshire 01 Apr 2022 - Councils commit to net zero half a decade before Government 01 Apr 2022 - Care managers report 'significant' service disruption due to staff shortages 01 Apr 2022 - Gove to be quizzed on councillor security 01 Apr 2022 - Questions over taskforce purpose 01 Apr 2022 - Government ‘flying blind’ on service backlogs 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury rules out borrowing for net zero transition 01 Apr 2022 - One in three care home residents has received third dose of Covid jab 01 Apr 2022 - Authority dips into Covid-19 reserves to reduce capitalisation requirement 01 Apr 2022 - Care England chief: Councils should use other budgets to support social care 01 Apr 2022 - Government unveils £3.9bn heat and buildings strategy 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak urged to tackle backlogs in public services or face greater costs 01 Apr 2022 - British households will be £1,000 worse off next year, thinktank warns 01 Apr 2022 - How England’s ‘no jab, no job’ policy will hit a care worker 01 Apr 2022 - Net zero strategy launched 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak expected to confirm end to public sector pay freeze 01 Apr 2022 - Cautious Sunak feels the heat as ministers demand cash not cuts 01 Apr 2022 - Bed-blocking soars as care homes struggle 01 Apr 2022 - Social care boss warns basic services will collapse without urgent new government plan 01 Apr 2022 - Bus services in crisis as drivers lured away to fill lorry vacancies 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax increase warning 01 Apr 2022 - PM to lead Commons tributes to David Amess as family call for unity 01 Apr 2022 - Schools ‘propping up a failing welfare state’ 01 Apr 2022 - Councils brace themselves for local government exit pay cap 01 Apr 2022 - Government admits Everyone In data gap 01 Apr 2022 - Research shows drop in council pay over past decade 01 Apr 2022 - Public sceptical of mayors leading on county deals, CCN survey finds 01 Apr 2022 - One in five public sector key workers consider quitting, union says 01 Apr 2022 - Winter support package expected for 20 local authorities over coronavirus fears 01 Apr 2022 - Bexley withdraws capitalisation request 01 Apr 2022 - District hopes of controlling £500m fund dashed 01 Apr 2022 - State-run app will offer rewards for beating obesity 01 Apr 2022 - 20 local authorities set to get winter support package over COVID-19 fears 01 Apr 2022 - Council house waiting lists ‘could double as Covid support ends’ 01 Apr 2022 - £58m to councils for home building on derelict land 01 Apr 2022 - Care staff shortage worse than before pandemic, study shows 01 Apr 2022 - Towns told to 'adapt or die' in face of flooding risk 01 Apr 2022 - Lords warn social care funding increase is not enough 01 Apr 2022 - Shortage of gritter drivers could leave motorists stuck on icy roads this winter, councils warn 01 Apr 2022 - UK cyber head issues ransomware warning 01 Apr 2022 - Gritter driver shortage warning 01 Apr 2022 - Budget: Little room for more spending, says IFS 01 Apr 2022 - Social care tax ‘must double’ to tackle crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Pandemic response ‘one of UK’s worst ever public health failures’ 01 Apr 2022 - Councils calls for extension of council tax support funding 01 Apr 2022 - Digital innovation could bring over £1 trillion to local economies by 2030 says report 01 Apr 2022 - Councils warned of 'shocking' audit fee increase 01 Apr 2022 - LGA calls for council tax support grant extension 01 Apr 2022 - Uncertain winter ahead as flu circulates at same time, says Harries 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak urged to cut business rates to boost high street recovery 01 Apr 2022 - Call for stronger Covid measures in schools after 270,000 secondary pupils affected last week 01 Apr 2022 - Pothole repair funding lost from council budgets 01 Apr 2022 - £220m levelling-up fund has not been given out by ministers 7 months on 01 Apr 2022 - Sajid Javid working on radical plan to merge social care with health in England 01 Apr 2022 - Counties say 8% council tax rises needed without more funding 01 Apr 2022 - Former communities secretary James Brokenshire dies aged 53 01 Apr 2022 - Croydon to get directly elected mayor 01 Apr 2022 - IFS: Councils face new funding headache 01 Apr 2022 - Services rethink needed over £36m budget gap 01 Apr 2022 - North Northants Council to pay real living wage 01 Apr 2022 - One in three say levelling up is meaningless 01 Apr 2022 - Council workers reject 'insulting' 1.75% pay increase offer 01 Apr 2022 - NHS aims to give 35m flu jabs amid warnings of up to 60,000 deaths 01 Apr 2022 - Vaccine rollout in teenagers described as haphazard 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax could rise by £220, say researchers 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak urged to bring in one-off wealth tax to plug £2.21tn debt black hole – poll 01 Apr 2022 - New strike threat as more unions reject pay offer 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson pledges no homes will be built on green fields 01 Apr 2022 - Government’s ‘Closer to Home’ campaign to begin 01 Apr 2022 - Javid vows to reform health and social care 01 Apr 2022 - Gove lays out his vision to level up the red wall 01 Apr 2022 - Tony Travers: Gove needs to offer resources and the retreat of Whitehall 01 Apr 2022 - Pensions check could lead to ‘contrary outcomes’ 01 Apr 2022 - Conservative conference: Council tax likely to rise to plug social care funding gap, Gillian Keegan warns 01 Apr 2022 - Schools told to stock up on tinned food 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax likely to rise to plug social care funding gap 01 Apr 2022 - Open letter to Michael Gove from Rob Whiteman 01 Apr 2022 - Government attempts to clarify ‘levelling-up’ 01 Apr 2022 - Unison warns of strike action over pay 01 Apr 2022 - Public health grant cuts run counter to levelling up, say experts 01 Apr 2022 - Health funding cut said to threaten levelling up 01 Apr 2022 - Chancellor declines to rule out further tax increases 01 Apr 2022 - Gove tells Britons: ‘I’ll help you live your best life’ 01 Apr 2022 - Gove outlines government's levelling up aims 01 Apr 2022 - What the former housing ministry's new levelling up role means for planning 01 Apr 2022 - What do Michael Gove and Andy Haldane really mean by ‘Levelling Up’? 01 Apr 2022 - Landmark health and care leadership review launched to ‘drive up efficiency’ 01 Apr 2022 - A million extra health and social care staff needed in the next 10 years, says report 01 Apr 2022 - Javid announces £388m to protect care sector over winter 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers mull council tax rise to plug social care black hole 01 Apr 2022 - HGV driver shortage impacting waste collections 01 Apr 2022 - LGA warns council tax income cannot meet £8bn extra cost pressures by 2024/25 01 Apr 2022 - Council proposes using infrastructure levy receipts to service borrowing costs 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak to extend job support schemes over winter 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers mull council tax rise to plug social care black hole 01 Apr 2022 - Afghanistan refugee resettlement 01 Apr 2022 - Police & Local Authorities given extra £23.5m for safer streets 01 Apr 2022 - Problem gambling costs society £1.27 billion a year, review finds 01 Apr 2022 - Local services will face £8bn funding blackhole by 2024, councils warn 01 Apr 2022 - Martin Reeves lays into levelling up 01 Apr 2022 - Top recruiter predicts exodus 01 Apr 2022 - Whiteman accuses some councils of going too far' 01 Apr 2022 - City writes to government over £24m education pressures 01 Apr 2022 - Local services need £8 billion extra funding just to stand still, councils tell Rishi Sunak 01 Apr 2022 - Areas hold back on county deal plans ahead of white paper 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers under fire over breaking of mental health crisis pledge in England 01 Apr 2022 - Furlough scheme ends with almost 1 million left in limbo 01 Apr 2022 - Cost of living: £500m in new grants to help poorest households 01 Apr 2022 - Government launches £500m support for vulnerable households over winter 01 Apr 2022 - Grant Thornton fined £2.3m over Patisserie Valerie audit work 01 Apr 2022 - Councils would get funding from digital services tax under Labour 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury considers lifting social care precept cap 01 Apr 2022 - Social care system 'progressively failing' people, says ombudsman 01 Apr 2022 - England and Wales records more than 70,000 excess deaths in private homes since start of COVID-19 pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - LGO annual report warns of rise in upheld complaints in social care 01 Apr 2022 - Vulnerable people ‘at risk of harm’ as fuel crisis disrupts care services 01 Apr 2022 - Local authorities predict children’s services overspend 01 Apr 2022 - Steve Reed interview: Fears about Gove, Labour’s devo thinking, and ‘council tax bomb’ 01 Apr 2022 - Labour vow to ban junk food billboard adverts near schools in battle of bulge 01 Apr 2022 - Labour conference: Reeves promises £28bn a year to make economy greener 01 Apr 2022 - School funding under threat as chancellor Rishi Sunak reins in spending 01 Apr 2022 - Vaccine passports could be mandatory at indoor and outdoor venues under revived scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Shadow chancellor proposes scrapping business rates 01 Apr 2022 - Social care plan 'contains far too little detail' warn councils 01 Apr 2022 - Union calls for reversal of pay cuts to give economy £3.3bn boost 01 Apr 2022 - Record number of children referred to mental health services 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Gove can lead levelling up agenda’ 01 Apr 2022 - Starmer to set out education reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Care providers warn of lending refusal 01 Apr 2022 - Clive Betts: Short-Changed Again 01 Apr 2022 - Triple whammy set to leave the poorest £1,000 out of pocket 01 Apr 2022 - Labour: Axing business rates will aid High Streets 01 Apr 2022 - Whitty: Deprived coastal towns need redesign 01 Apr 2022 - Adass president: social care system is ‘past breaking point – it’s broken’ 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling up 'must start with councils' 01 Apr 2022 - Leicestershire faces worsening financial crisis 01 Apr 2022 - MHCLG rebranding a ‘misstep’ 01 Apr 2022 - Record number of students absent from class due to COVID-19 01 Apr 2022 - Hughes hints at multi-year funding settlement 01 Apr 2022 - Council apologises for SEND failures 01 Apr 2022 - Key Cumbria services to operate countywide say architects of two-unitary plan 01 Apr 2022 - Ministry in rebrand to put levelling up centre stage 01 Apr 2022 - Government brushes off reorganisation challenge 01 Apr 2022 - Commission calls for shift of focus in levelling up 01 Apr 2022 - Developers who sit on land face new tax to fix cladding 01 Apr 2022 - ‘New deal’ call for England’s children amid mental health concerns 01 Apr 2022 - More delays predicted for major local government finance reforms 01 Apr 2022 - MHCLG to be renamed ‘Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak to impose ‘tighter’ fiscal rules 01 Apr 2022 - Local government still in the dark over social care funding 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury tells Gove not to expect lots of new cash for levelling up 01 Apr 2022 - Gove to oversee rebranded department 01 Apr 2022 - Number of children in A&E with serious mental health issues jumps 50 per cent since start of pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Regional COVID-19 restrictions could return as local health chiefs get new powers 01 Apr 2022 - Councils fear social care reforms will fall apart 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick sacked as communities secretary 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick sacked as communities secretary 01 Apr 2022 - Councils could lose COVID cash over lack of data 01 Apr 2022 - Increase workers' pay to improve care 01 Apr 2022 - Hunt: Social care will ‘not get money it needs’ 01 Apr 2022 - PM’s levelling up advisor joins MHCLG 01 Apr 2022 - Analysis: Gove’s clout offers sector hope 01 Apr 2022 - Ten per cent of private renters are now behind on rent, says debt charity 01 Apr 2022 - England care homes ‘may be forced to close’ as coronavirus jab deadline expires 01 Apr 2022 - LGC map reveals emerging devolution plans 01 Apr 2022 - Humphries (ADASS): Social care plan is quickly losing its sheen 01 Apr 2022 - Hall leaves MHCLG as Badenoch joins department 01 Apr 2022 - County Councils look for progress with Gove 01 Apr 2022 - Councils prepare for legal battle with Home Office 01 Apr 2022 - Councils call for more time to spend community renewal cash 01 Apr 2022 - LGC map reveals emerging devolution plans 01 Apr 2022 - ‘You can’t level up everywhere’, says Sigoma report 01 Apr 2022 - Rural and coastal economies could see £51bn boost by 2030 report finds 01 Apr 2022 - Councils to receive 'generous' funding under Afghan resettlement plan 01 Apr 2022 - New polls timetable would cause ‘catastrophic failure’ 01 Apr 2022 - ADASS 'perplexed' at social care plans 01 Apr 2022 - MHCLG’s Wolverhampton HQ unveiled by Communities Secretary 01 Apr 2022 - Pension funds to face ‘huge pressure’ to reduce council contributions 01 Apr 2022 - Rob Whiteman: Does local government need a new warning system for financial failure? 01 Apr 2022 - Interview: Districts call for ‘equal seat at the table’ in devo discussions 01 Apr 2022 - Senior civil servant voices disappointment over Test and Trace scrutiny 01 Apr 2022 - Councils to receive funding boost for accommodating Afghan refugees 01 Apr 2022 - NHS funding settlement ‘less likely’ to meet future needs 01 Apr 2022 - Refuse collectors ‘poached’ by haulage firms 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19 winter plan unveiled 01 Apr 2022 - Developers' levy needed to support blue light services 01 Apr 2022 - Social care reforms ‘could leave sector worse off’ 01 Apr 2022 - Clive Betts: Johnson’s care ‘plan’ offers councils no extra funding 01 Apr 2022 - Unitary considers tourist tax 01 Apr 2022 - Health and social care will account for 40 per cent ‘of all public spending’ by next year 01 Apr 2022 - Starmer moves to set out Labour's alternative for social care 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers drop shake-up of planning laws 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Council tax set to rise’ under social care plan 01 Apr 2022 - Kent County Council resumes admittance of lone child migrants 01 Apr 2022 - Chancellor forecasts £650bn infrastructure investment over coming decade 01 Apr 2022 - Nearly 70,000 may die waiting for adult social care before Johnson plan kicks in 01 Apr 2022 - North of England may get three more mayoralties in devolution agenda 01 Apr 2022 - Rough sleeping is rising again as Covid emergency measures wind down 01 Apr 2022 - England vaccine passport plans ditched, Sajid Javid says 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson prepares to reveal winter plan based on vaccines not lockdowns 01 Apr 2022 - UK economic growth slows sharply in July 01 Apr 2022 - Extension to use of vaccine passports will be looked at if there is a 'public health need', Oliver Dowden says 01 Apr 2022 - Booster jabs 'set for go-ahead next week' - but vaccine creator says not everyone may need them 01 Apr 2022 - Young people ‘permanently disadvantaged’ by pandemic, study suggests 01 Apr 2022 - Half a million town and city centre jobs at risk as Brits continue working from home 01 Apr 2022 - County needs ‘clear plan’ on council tax 01 Apr 2022 - IFS: departmental spending to ‘remain tight’ 01 Apr 2022 - UK economy growth slows 01 Apr 2022 - Social care tax rise: Boris Johnson wins Commons vote 01 Apr 2022 - Health and social care will devour 40pc of all public spending by next year 01 Apr 2022 - UK care homes say funding shake-up threatens their viability 01 Apr 2022 - UK care homes say funding shake-up threatens their viability 01 Apr 2022 - Nearly 300,000 on adult social care ‘waiting lists’ in England 01 Apr 2022 - Mandatory jabs for health staff being considered in consultation 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19: Growing numbers of pupils at risk of exclusion and 'falling off the radar' as schools return to normal 01 Apr 2022 - Support for care self-funders ‘could destabilise market’ 01 Apr 2022 - NHS backlog ‘not a short-term fix’ 01 Apr 2022 - Cost of county road repairs ‘spiral’ 01 Apr 2022 - Council scrutiny ‘superficial and inadequate’ 01 Apr 2022 - Social care ‘short-changed’ by tax funding 01 Apr 2022 - Tony Travers: How much graffiti and fly tipping do ministers want? 01 Apr 2022 - Devolution ‘exactly the right thing to do’ says Essex leader 01 Apr 2022 - Chancellor faces tough call on on care, pensions and welfare 01 Apr 2022 - North Yorkshire reorganisation to cost £38m 01 Apr 2022 - Pandemic causes fostering crisis as the number of vulnerable children needing help soars 01 Apr 2022 - NHS to get £5.4bn extra to deal with Covid backlog 01 Apr 2022 - Promise of cut to care home fees for the better-off 01 Apr 2022 - PM to unveil overhaul of ASC sector in England 01 Apr 2022 - Councils hit by bin collection delays due to driver shortage 01 Apr 2022 - Tax rise for 25 million to pay for social care 01 Apr 2022 - Thousands of Afghans to be held in hotels indefinitely as councils left ‘in dark’ over housing plan 01 Apr 2022 - Where will Afghan refugees go? Homes found for half of 8,000 new arrivals 01 Apr 2022 - Care home vaccine deadline triggering NHS ‘bed blocking’ crisis 01 Apr 2022 - School funding warning as pupils return to class in England 01 Apr 2022 - Waste collection still disrupted by HGV driver shortage 01 Apr 2022 - Government commits £5m to help councils resettle Afghan refugees 01 Apr 2022 - Shell aims to install 50,000 EV chargepoints 01 Apr 2022 - SEND children being left behind by council 01 Apr 2022 - LGA backs rates revaluation reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Survey reveals interest in PSAA scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Afghans who helped British forces to be offered indefinite leave to remain in the UK 01 Apr 2022 - The remarkable rise of the independent councillors 01 Apr 2022 - The remarkable rise of the independent councillors 01 Apr 2022 - Drivers face paying extra £70 for late parking tickets 01 Apr 2022 - Ofgem launches £450m fund to help homes and businesses go green 01 Apr 2022 - Schools will need to reintroduce tougher Covid measures in weeks, warn unions 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling up: The seaside town debating what change is needed 01 Apr 2022 - Actuaries call for economic growth link for public pension contributions 01 Apr 2022 - Actuaries call for economic growth link for public pension contributions 01 Apr 2022 - Youth services funding warning 01 Apr 2022 - Increase in smoking in young 01 Apr 2022 - Schools told to stay open when pupils return in September 01 Apr 2022 - Calls for ‘golden halos’ to incentivise new care home staff 01 Apr 2022 - Tenth of care home staff yet to have first COVID-19 vaccine dose 01 Apr 2022 - £3bn gap looms for councils 01 Apr 2022 - Third of most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund, research finds 01 Apr 2022 - LGA ‘not keen on’ mandatory refugee quotas, says Jamieson 01 Apr 2022 - Cornwall calls for further devolution to crack down on second homes 01 Apr 2022 - Councils should work with Home Office on rough sleeping, says minister 01 Apr 2022 - Concern as MHCLG seeks more data on reserve levels 01 Apr 2022 - Tensions in north east as MHCLG begins county deal discussions 01 Apr 2022 - £25m government funding for carbon dioxide monitors in all schools 01 Apr 2022 - High Court grants permission for ‘Levelling Up Fund’ legal challenge 01 Apr 2022 - Social care charges: Disabled and vulnerable adults hit by steep rises 01 Apr 2022 - Rise in social care costs 01 Apr 2022 - County devo process ‘will move quickly’, says CCN chair 01 Apr 2022 - Council chiefs call for extension of apprenticeship incentive scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Yorkshire council in ASC staff shortage warning 01 Apr 2022 - Disadvantaged children ‘locked out’ of early years opportunities 01 Apr 2022 - Government announces £20m for Family Hubs 01 Apr 2022 - New COVID-19 guidance for schools 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19 impact on council finances 01 Apr 2022 - Councils collect record £1.76bn in car fines and fees 01 Apr 2022 - Social care ‘postcode lottery’ preventing 80,000 elderly people from keeping their home 01 Apr 2022 - Borough defends £1bn capital borrowing limit 01 Apr 2022 - The quest for local government audit sustainability 01 Apr 2022 - Union to ballot members over 'insulting pay' offer 01 Apr 2022 - Overlapping bids for devo discussions launched in Devon 01 Apr 2022 - Luton defends £1bn borrowing limit 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Pandora’s box’ opened in Hampshire as four councils request devo talks 01 Apr 2022 - Afghanistan: Councils in England pledge to welcome refugees 01 Apr 2022 - Free childcare policy ‘damages life chances’ of poor children in England 01 Apr 2022 - UK set to welcome 20,000 Afghan refugees 01 Apr 2022 - Classrooms in England ‘urgently’ need air filters, school unions say 01 Apr 2022 - Councils will not ‘lose out’ on business rate proposals 01 Apr 2022 - Partly-owned council energy company incurs £4m of losses 01 Apr 2022 - Proposed borrowing caps a ‘credit positive’ 01 Apr 2022 - Inter-council lending drops sharply 01 Apr 2022 - PWLB borrowing booms as councils restart building projects 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Pandora’s box’ opened in Hampshire as four councils request devo talks 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak pledges ‘no return to austerity’ 01 Apr 2022 - North Yorks presses for devo talks as districts accept county unitary 01 Apr 2022 - Hampshire expresses interest in early county deal 01 Apr 2022 - Shapps announces £15m congestion and pothole scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury clarifies PWLB borrowing restrictions 01 Apr 2022 - Data project to aid pandemic recovery 01 Apr 2022 - Four councils in bid to create East Midlands combined authority 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19 measures ‘reduced the risk of infection in school’, data shows 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Significant inequities’ in SEN funding exposed 01 Apr 2022 - Essex draws on reserves to fund legal dispute 01 Apr 2022 - Hampshire prepares for public health cuts 01 Apr 2022 - Nature recovery network expected to follow county boundaries 01 Apr 2022 - Councils and climate change 01 Apr 2022 - UK economy grows by 4.8% but misses forecasts 01 Apr 2022 - England’s pandemic crisis of child abuse, neglect and poverty 01 Apr 2022 - Winchester is least affordable UK city to buy a home 01 Apr 2022 - Scientists warn that herd immunity ‘impossible’ 01 Apr 2022 - Self-isolation ends for double-jabbed and under-18s 01 Apr 2022 - Tory cuts to English youth services fuelling crime, says Keir Starmer 01 Apr 2022 - The cost of Boris Johnson’s ‘levelling up’: £2tn, says UK thinktank 01 Apr 2022 - Millions of children are breathing dangerously polluted air in school 01 Apr 2022 - Tonnes of recycling contaminated by ‘wishcyclers’ who can’t bear to chuck 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury clarifies PWLB borrowing restrictions 01 Apr 2022 - Covid to ‘rip’ through schools unless safety measures brought in immediately, ministers warned 01 Apr 2022 - North Yorkshire: How we created a blueprint for rural communities to grow and prosper 01 Apr 2022 - Retailers tell Government to fix ‘broken’ business rates system 01 Apr 2022 - Cumbria to fight Jenrick’s two-unitary decision 01 Apr 2022 - Highways England announces £200m roads investment across South West 01 Apr 2022 - Call to invest £600m to avoid 'bed blocking' this winter 01 Apr 2022 - Councils warn licensing decisions should cover public health 01 Apr 2022 - PWLB borrowing booms as councils restart building projects 01 Apr 2022 - Dementia killing more women than COVID-19 01 Apr 2022 - Fly-tipping fines should be increased to deter offenders, says LGA 01 Apr 2022 - Herd immunity close ‘but Covid restrictions needed beyond winter’ 01 Apr 2022 - More than 100 councils and charities vow to boycott Home Office policy to deport rough sleepers 01 Apr 2022 - Workers ignore Sunak's 'back to the office' call 01 Apr 2022 - Soaring numbers of pupils taught in ‘supersized’ classes 01 Apr 2022 - Councils lose ‘hundreds of millions from tax loophole’ 01 Apr 2022 - Councils agree shared services agreement 01 Apr 2022 - Fears councils could be cut out of LEP role 01 Apr 2022 - Councils may miss out on contain funding 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers refuse to reveal bid funds to be binned 01 Apr 2022 - MHCLG spend on consultants soars 01 Apr 2022 - Councils missing out on £110m a year due to holiday home tax break 01 Apr 2022 - Rural communities 'overlooked' in levelling-up funding, report finds 01 Apr 2022 - More details of county deals criteria emerge 01 Apr 2022 - Counties accused of planning to ‘retake’ unitaries through devo deals 01 Apr 2022 - Council exit payments halved 01 Apr 2022 - Authority forced to rent facilities to hold Covid-safe meetings 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax ‘scandal’ sees people in deprived areas pay higher rates than London’s wealthiest streets 01 Apr 2022 - Mums and veterans urged to apply to become bin lorry drivers as national shortage threatens refuse collection 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Use it or lose it’ rule for housebuilders amid crackdown on land banking 01 Apr 2022 - Districts call for 'equal footing' on devo deals 01 Apr 2022 - Council cyber-attacks rocket 01 Apr 2022 - Incoming CCN chair lukewarm on PM’s county mayors idea 01 Apr 2022 - NHS pay rise funded from ‘within existing budget’ 01 Apr 2022 - Extra £82 million a year needed to end rough sleeping by 2024 01 Apr 2022 - Devo deals vision: upper-tier leading role and directly elected leaders 01 Apr 2022 - Councils given £13m to help prison leavers find secure homes 01 Apr 2022 - Slough to make £200m capitalisation request 01 Apr 2022 - Unravelling the knot of education, health and care plans 01 Apr 2022 - ONS Blog: Ensuring population statistics meet the needs of everyone 01 Apr 2022 - Unions 'expect to reject' final pay offer 01 Apr 2022 - Dorset to grapple with £8m budget gap 01 Apr 2022 - Multi-million pound boost to cycling and walking budget 01 Apr 2022 - Brighton & Hove raises concerns over support for asylum-seeking children 01 Apr 2022 - Councils call for urgent action to tackle health inequalities 01 Apr 2022 - Changing Places toilet fund opens for bids 01 Apr 2022 - New LGA guide to help councils shape devo bids 01 Apr 2022 - Special needs demand increases for every council 01 Apr 2022 - Peers call for council tax reform 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury civil servants given pay rises and £15,000 bonuses during pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - TfL shaves costs but will need £500m more 01 Apr 2022 - Calls to reform Business Rates as 1 in 7 shops now vacant across the UK 01 Apr 2022 - Walking and cycling investment 01 Apr 2022 - Home Secretary urged to force councils to take share of child migrants 01 Apr 2022 - Average cost of council exit payments rises 01 Apr 2022 - Divided we fall: Unity needed over council finance lobbying 01 Apr 2022 - England's Covid care home deaths could be thousands higher than official figures, say providers 01 Apr 2022 - 250,000 jobs at risk as furlough scheme ends 01 Apr 2022 - Councils face bin collection challenge due to ‘pingdemic’ 01 Apr 2022 - Government considers stricter capital borrowing caps 01 Apr 2022 - County set to appoint new chief 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Systemic problems’ in council services on the rise 01 Apr 2022 - Devo deals vision: upper-tier leading role and directly elected leaders 01 Apr 2022 - More details emerge of government thinking on levelling up 01 Apr 2022 - Additional audit fee allocation ‘sensible’ 01 Apr 2022 - Young people exiting furlough scheme fastest 01 Apr 2022 - MPs call for 'five a day'-style campaign to get kids exercising an hour a day after lockdowns 01 Apr 2022 - 'Crazy' plans to give every home SEVEN bins will send families 'mad' 01 Apr 2022 - Council pay offer increases to 1.75% 01 Apr 2022 - Districts defend Cumbria two unitaries plan as county claims bias 01 Apr 2022 - Waste crime could be costing the UK nearly a billion pounds a year 01 Apr 2022 - Commission calls for funding reset 01 Apr 2022 - Johnson has flunked levelling up explanation chance, says MP 01 Apr 2022 - Councils will continue to draw on reserves, predicts Moody's 01 Apr 2022 - Empowering county councils ‘game-changer’ for levelling-up 01 Apr 2022 - Sharp spike in government debt interest payments 01 Apr 2022 - How to fund Britain’s social care system [opinion] 01 Apr 2022 - English care homes could lose 70,000 staff over mandatory Covid jab 01 Apr 2022 - Key questions about plans for domestic Covid passports in England 01 Apr 2022 - Self-isolation hits bin collections across country 01 Apr 2022 - NHS staff’s 3% pay rise ‘likely to come out of social care tax’ 01 Apr 2022 - Rebellion due over COVID-19 identification 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Real concern’ over pent-up demand for services says lead counties chief 01 Apr 2022 - North Yorks among councils still holding meetings remotely 01 Apr 2022 - Covid sparks 6% rise in spend with external suppliers 01 Apr 2022 - Chancellor facing 'difficult' spending review 01 Apr 2022 - Rebellion due over COVID-19 identification 01 Apr 2022 - Seaside poor health overlooked, warns Whitty 01 Apr 2022 - Care firm made £24m profits as Ofsted branded its children’s homes ‘inadequate’ 01 Apr 2022 - Javid tests positive for COVID-19 01 Apr 2022 - County approves hybrid model of working for staff 01 Apr 2022 - Second round of schools rebuilding programme announced 01 Apr 2022 - Combined authorities lack ‘maturity’ 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19: Two jabs needed to enter nightclubs from September 01 Apr 2022 - Council finances unsustainable without reform, say MPs 01 Apr 2022 - Government announces strategy to regenerate high streets 01 Apr 2022 - Michael King: ‘Listening to public complaints has fallen off the agenda’ 01 Apr 2022 - DPHs should ‘sit at the top table’ 01 Apr 2022 - Vaccinated social care staff no longer required to self-isolate 01 Apr 2022 - PM plans national insurance rise to fund social care 01 Apr 2022 - Councils forced to suspend waste services due to staff shortages 01 Apr 2022 - Senior figures react to Johnson’s devolution vision 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick sets out ‘key principles’ to widen devolution beyond cities 01 Apr 2022 - High Streets Strategy and last beneficiaries of towns fund unveiled 01 Apr 2022 - Send review delayed again amid concern over legal entitlements 01 Apr 2022 - Councils push back over reserves raid threat 01 Apr 2022 - Government insists Everyone In is 'continuing' 01 Apr 2022 - Local government funding cuts have ‘probably cost lives,’ study warns 01 Apr 2022 - Minister fends off towns fund criticism 01 Apr 2022 - Johnson puts counties in devolution driving seat 01 Apr 2022 - Council criticised for increasing care admin costs 200% 01 Apr 2022 - At least 75,000 people in England wait six months for social care assessment 01 Apr 2022 - £100m plan to slash council’s office space by three quarters 01 Apr 2022 - Councils’ role in net zero 01 Apr 2022 - Early support for vulnerable children halved 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling up: Boris Johnson promises more powers for local leaders 01 Apr 2022 - Police chiefs want criminal inquiry into Matt Hancock leak 01 Apr 2022 - Price rises speed up again as economy unlocks 01 Apr 2022 - Council set to close offices in work-from-home drive 01 Apr 2022 - PAC: Government audit proposals treat local government as ‘an afterthought’ 01 Apr 2022 - MPs approve compulsory vaccinations for care home staff 01 Apr 2022 - Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners making a difference 01 Apr 2022 - Councils ‘offloading’ people with learning disabilities on NHS, MPs say 01 Apr 2022 - Rob Bridge: Merging five Northamptonshire councils into one was not for the faint hearted 01 Apr 2022 - Local leaders call for devolved powers to reach net zero 01 Apr 2022 - Alarm over ‘freedom day’ 01 Apr 2022 - High street regeneration to be key part of PM's levelling up agenda 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-19: PM urges caution as 19 July unlocking set to go ahead 01 Apr 2022 - Javid: tax rise could be ‘practical and obvious’ solution to social care crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Senior LGA figure calls for social care to be taken away from councils 01 Apr 2022 - Javid vows to reform social care 'quite soon' 01 Apr 2022 - Councils told to expect a rise in auditor interventions 01 Apr 2022 - Final COVID support package for bus sector 01 Apr 2022 - Steve Rotheram: ‘Ministers have gone cold on devo – but the genie’s out of the bottle’ 01 Apr 2022 - IFS: ‘Vital’ that fair funding review goes ahead 01 Apr 2022 - Councils' £3bn COVID Black Hole 01 Apr 2022 - Javid casts doubt on social care plan by end of 2021 01 Apr 2022 - Review urges more funding for addiction treatments in England 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick to reduce competitive bidding 01 Apr 2022 - Half may miss September audit deadline 01 Apr 2022 - Whitty calls for more tailored local messaging amid Covid surge 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick pledges to rein in councils pursuing ‘risky commercial strategies’ 01 Apr 2022 - 20 years of economic interventions have failed to help poorest communities, report warns 01 Apr 2022 - First shortlist unveiled for £120m zero emission buses funding 01 Apr 2022 - Fair Funding Review ‘on ice’ for two years 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick to reduce competitive bidding 01 Apr 2022 - Section 114 chief: We will not be the last 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick's exit payment intervention 01 Apr 2022 - LGA calls for debate on impact of long Covid 01 Apr 2022 - Young people not a ‘lost generation’, says Children’s Commissioner 01 Apr 2022 - More WFH chaos thanks to ministers’ mixed messaging 01 Apr 2022 - Self-isolation to be scrapped for double-jabbed and children in England 01 Apr 2022 - Covid bubbles to be axed in England's schools 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick tells councils to produce 10-20 year plans for their areas 01 Apr 2022 - State pension predicted to rise by 8% 01 Apr 2022 - Whiteman: Councils that agreed capitalisation loans could follow Slough 01 Apr 2022 - Croydon could write-off £52m in housing company loans 01 Apr 2022 - Warwickshire launches recovery and investment fund 01 Apr 2022 - Mobile phones could be banned from schools in England as early as January 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak ‘must keep extra £20 on universal credit’ 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson to announce plans for greater control of health service 01 Apr 2022 - Masks will become personal choice, says minister 01 Apr 2022 - Schools ‘bleeding out’ from Covid bubble system, council leaders warn 01 Apr 2022 - Grenfell prompts creation of building safety regulator 01 Apr 2022 - Slough Council issues section 114 notice following mounting money troubles 01 Apr 2022 - Net-zero plans 01 Apr 2022 - Social care tax rises 01 Apr 2022 - Authority-owned property investment company assets fall by £12m 01 Apr 2022 - Funding for deprived schools in England has shifted to wealthy areas, study finds 01 Apr 2022 - Eight councils to undergo independent financial reviews 01 Apr 2022 - Chancellor hails sharp fall in furlough numbers as scheme starts to wind down 01 Apr 2022 - Town Halls have been ordered to fund women’s refuges 01 Apr 2022 - UK 'must add 127,000 chargepoints by 2025' 01 Apr 2022 - Cash set aside for school catch-up plan is ‘peanuts’, warns education chief 01 Apr 2022 - UK's furlough scheme starts to wind down 01 Apr 2022 - Government urged to create post-Covid 'golden age' of cycling 01 Apr 2022 - Business Rates Revaluations Consultation Launched 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Jaw-dropping’ fall in life expectancy in poor areas of England, report finds 01 Apr 2022 - School self-isolation hitting poor pupils hardest 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdowns leave half of teenagers battling anxiety and trauma 01 Apr 2022 - [OPINION] Is levelling up just a soundbite? 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Left behind’ areas receive less targeted funding, research reveals 01 Apr 2022 - Luton bails out airport with another £140m 01 Apr 2022 - Labour warns UK needs more than 127,000 chargepoints by 2025 01 Apr 2022 - LGA to review county finances as new administration questions strategy 01 Apr 2022 - Low income households could pay no Council Tax under authority's scheme 01 Apr 2022 - £1bn business grants still to be allocated 01 Apr 2022 - England’s poorest areas left far behind with lack of social infrastructure 01 Apr 2022 - Councils rake in £1m a week from drivers after bus lane fines double 01 Apr 2022 - Gangs warning for pupils missing majority of school 01 Apr 2022 - Mobile phone ban plan to improve school behaviour 01 Apr 2022 - Covid: School isolation rules could end in autumn 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-19: End of England's Covid rules still set for 19 July 01 Apr 2022 - CIPFA to provide further clarity on borrowing restrictions 01 Apr 2022 - London council prosecutes firm over jams 01 Apr 2022 - £483m government investment to boost and improve school buildings 01 Apr 2022 - Lincolnshire districts set to join forces with eye to unitarisation 01 Apr 2022 - Cyclists worst hit as fatality rate rises 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax debt rises to £4.4bn 01 Apr 2022 - Council capital spending to reach five-year high in post-Covid bounce 01 Apr 2022 - Revealed: Budget increases for key services due to Covid 01 Apr 2022 - Nearly half of UK councils still don't recycle kitchen leftovers 01 Apr 2022 - Sajid Javid new Health Secretary 01 Apr 2022 - Council faces spiralling costs of remedying fire-risk building 01 Apr 2022 - Auditor voices ‘serious concerns’ over council’s finances 01 Apr 2022 - Does local government need a new red flag system to signal looming financial crisis? 01 Apr 2022 - Inflation spike creates watching brief for treasury officers 01 Apr 2022 - Finance chiefs may have to ’embrace the uncertainty’ in financial planning 01 Apr 2022 - Income losses and lack of data hamper Whitehall’s support of councils in the pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Next settlement an opportunity to head off s114 dangers 01 Apr 2022 - Beauty spots turned into impromptu 'clubbing venues’ with piles of rubbish left in wake 01 Apr 2022 - 100,000 pupils failed to return to education full-time when schools reopened 01 Apr 2022 - Small businesses warn of 18-day gap in support 01 Apr 2022 - Social care leaders urge reform now to combat ‘perfect storm’ of problems 01 Apr 2022 - Javid to update MPs on lifting restrictions 01 Apr 2022 - Children needing foster care ‘to rise by 33%’ leaving councils struggling to cope 01 Apr 2022 - Inflation to rise above 3 per cent this year, warns Bank of England 01 Apr 2022 - Plea for urgent cash injection for social care system as ministers delay talks on reform blueprint 01 Apr 2022 - Fear for English children living in ‘education deserts’ 01 Apr 2022 - Pandemic will force changes to next year’s GCSEs and A-levels 01 Apr 2022 - Leicestershire to reject £15m grant 01 Apr 2022 - Social care reforms delayed until at least Autumn 01 Apr 2022 - Northern English cities faced ‘avalanche’ of debt during COVID-19 – study 01 Apr 2022 - Quarter of a million children in England missed school last week due to COVID-19 01 Apr 2022 - Birmingham makes ‘great strides’ on financial management 01 Apr 2022 - Somerset CC to open up to 10 new children's homes 01 Apr 2022 - Council to buy Bunkabins and park homes to house homeless people 01 Apr 2022 - Duty to share data across health and social care planned 01 Apr 2022 - Social care: Ministers urged to 'act now' on funding reform 01 Apr 2022 - Poorer white pupils let down and neglected - MPs 01 Apr 2022 - Government borrowing eases in May 01 Apr 2022 - Government postpones ‘do or die’ meeting on social care in England 01 Apr 2022 - We have a duty to build more homes, Robert Jenrick tells Tory heartlands 01 Apr 2022 - Smart traffic lights get green light for cutting emissions by a quarter 01 Apr 2022 - Return of the Covid passport could keep pubs open 01 Apr 2022 - Councils highlight role of libraries in national recovery from COVID-19 01 Apr 2022 - Remote working sees major cities lose billions in spending, research warns 01 Apr 2022 - Lift Covid restrictions when 70 per cent are double-jabbed, Susan Hopkins says 01 Apr 2022 - 'Great hope' restrictions can end early on 5 July and UK not in third wave, says vaccine expert 01 Apr 2022 - Parents back longer school day to catch up after Covid 01 Apr 2022 - Croydon may need higher 2020-21 bailout amid ongoing turmoil 01 Apr 2022 - Self-isolation grants refused in 6 out of 10 cases 01 Apr 2022 - More than four million parking tickets issued despite car use plummeting 01 Apr 2022 - Autumn booster jab plan needed – health leaders 01 Apr 2022 - Government actuary proposes greater pension cost cap flexibility 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak announces launch of UK Infrastructure Bank 01 Apr 2022 - Government announces £16m for virtual school heads programme 01 Apr 2022 - Rob Whiteman: There is a pressing need to make council accounts more transparent 01 Apr 2022 - Eviction ban on firms behind on rent is extended by nine months 01 Apr 2022 - Children's social care a 'Jenga held together with Sellotape,' says damning review 01 Apr 2022 - New minor traffic offence powers 01 Apr 2022 - Children miss out out on free school meals funding 01 Apr 2022 - Children’s care providers under scrutiny 01 Apr 2022 - Bank of England code ‘protects’ authority-to-authority borrowing 01 Apr 2022 - Liability benchmark could save sector ‘tens of millions of pounds’ 01 Apr 2022 - PSAA proposals ‘pay lip service’ to smaller audit firms 01 Apr 2022 - Council property deals plummet due to Covid-19 and borrowing changes 01 Apr 2022 - Virtual meetings have boosted local democracy, survey finds 01 Apr 2022 - Councils levy over £1m fines for COVID offences 01 Apr 2022 - Call to give councils greater role in creating jobs and training opportunities 01 Apr 2022 - Two million requests for care have been rejected in past two years 01 Apr 2022 - Government to set new targets on air pollution 01 Apr 2022 - Proportion of children securing first choice secondary school places falls 01 Apr 2022 - Free school meals: Poorer pupils miss out in funding change, say unions 01 Apr 2022 - All councils in England and Wales handed powers to fine drivers £70 for minor traffic offences - such as yellow-box junction infringements - from December 01 Apr 2022 - £36 million contract for new MOD Police Patrol Craft 01 Apr 2022 - Parents of children with special needs tell Ofsted of Covid despair 01 Apr 2022 - Eviction ban on firms behind on rent is extended by nine months 01 Apr 2022 - Care services too focused on investigating families in crisis, says review 01 Apr 2022 - Ban on commercial evictions introduced during the pandemic to be extended until 2022, govt source says 01 Apr 2022 - Adult social care services face ‘deluge’ of requests for support 01 Apr 2022 - Health department has ‘poor oversight’ of local care market 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers 'knew early years was underfunded' argues charity 01 Apr 2022 - Councils receive extra COVID support as lockdown easing delayed 01 Apr 2022 - SEND services in Suffolk to be reviewed 01 Apr 2022 - Revealed: Government thinking on future role of LEPs 01 Apr 2022 - Scientists warn of consequences of lockdown delay 01 Apr 2022 - Adult social care services face ‘deluge’ of requests for support 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19 vaccine to be required for England care home staff 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdown easing in England delayed to 19 July 01 Apr 2022 - Restaurants and pubs ‘face collapse’ during extended England lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Limits on weddings in England to be scrapped from 21 June - but rules on singing and dancing remain 01 Apr 2022 - Delta variant increases hospitalisation risk but vaccine protection remains high, study suggests 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdown easing delayed to 19 July 01 Apr 2022 - Alarm growing over Covid financial support cliff edge 01 Apr 2022 - Key figures in Northants turnaround recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 01 Apr 2022 - Ofsted to rate schools ‘outstanding’ only if they can prove they are helping the poorest children 01 Apr 2022 - Furlough will not be extended 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdown easing in England to be delayed 01 Apr 2022 - Waste collection plans to cost £680m a year, councils warn 01 Apr 2022 - Councils welcome fall in rough sleeping numbers 01 Apr 2022 - Profits from English children’s care homes indefensible, bosses to be told 01 Apr 2022 - Households ‘will have up to 7 bins each’ 01 Apr 2022 - Addiction treatment harder to get since councils took over, says Tory MP 01 Apr 2022 - PSAA outlines proposals to increase audit quality 01 Apr 2022 - Patel reveals rota replacement scheme for unaccompanied asylum seeking children 01 Apr 2022 - Surrey chief part of four-strong team of Liverpool commissioners 01 Apr 2022 - Councils press for bin collections overhaul funding 01 Apr 2022 - Hillier in financial sustainability transparency warning 01 Apr 2022 - Hancock claims he followed ‘clinical advice’ on care homes policy 01 Apr 2022 - Hancock: government needs more powers to intervene in social care 01 Apr 2022 - 30 towns to share government’s £725m Towns Fund 01 Apr 2022 - Former CIPFA president headed for chief executive role 01 Apr 2022 - Education advisor resigns following funding dispute 01 Apr 2022 - Uproar at move towards 'national bin service' 01 Apr 2022 - Councils in 'mad dash to splash the cash' 01 Apr 2022 - Eight in 10 councils forced to overspend on children’s social care 01 Apr 2022 - Tony Travers: Levelling up should focus on FE and devolution 01 Apr 2022 - Councils should have legal duty to provide ‘early help’ says report 01 Apr 2022 - Waste collections 01 Apr 2022 - Local government severance guidance ‘expected shortly’ 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick hints opportunity for remote meetings legislation if roadmap shifts 01 Apr 2022 - Child migrant legal threat to Home Secretary 01 Apr 2022 - McArdle: Northants downfall due to ‘dangerous over-confidence’ 01 Apr 2022 - Hampshire faces £80m budget gap 01 Apr 2022 - Surrey council leader to chair County Councils Network 01 Apr 2022 - Controversial Somerset poll backs district plan 01 Apr 2022 - Staff burnout in social care and health at 'emergency level' 01 Apr 2022 - 26 towns to receive share of £610 million fund to revamp their communities 01 Apr 2022 - Parliament: Shake-up of England's electoral map outlined 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Grief and confusion clashed with unconditional love and joy’: The hidden lives of young carers 01 Apr 2022 - June 21 lockdown lifting set to be delayed by fortnight 01 Apr 2022 - 'Jabs are working' as Covid hospital cases plunge 01 Apr 2022 - Taxpayers could end up paying 'more for less' as council tax rises while services are cut 01 Apr 2022 - Work from home advice could continue beyond June 21 01 Apr 2022 - Education bodies slam £1.4bn recovery fund 01 Apr 2022 - Schoolchildren to get 100 million hours extra lessons in Covid recovery plan 01 Apr 2022 - Councils ‘must raise game’ to tackle housing shortage 01 Apr 2022 - Counties see fastest growth in number of people claiming out of work benefits 01 Apr 2022 - Free council parking for NHS and social care workers to end 01 Apr 2022 - Banned insulation still used on schools 01 Apr 2022 - Eviction ban ends 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak seeks tech business tax deal 01 Apr 2022 - School day ‘to be extended’ 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdown easing debate intensifies 01 Apr 2022 - EXCLUSIVE: Finance reforms in 2022-23 'challenging but possible' 01 Apr 2022 - Cummings slams 'useless' Whitehall procurement system 01 Apr 2022 - Meg Hillier: early warning system needed for local government 01 Apr 2022 - £500m scale of Covid-19 council tax hit revealed 01 Apr 2022 - Thousands of girls ‘failed’ by police and social services 01 Apr 2022 - 75 per cent of new COVID-19 cases are Indian variant 01 Apr 2022 - Councils snubbed as government changes Covid guidance without telling them 01 Apr 2022 - Districts reprimanded by Jenrick over ‘offensive’ spoof campaign website 01 Apr 2022 - More disadvantaged children at risk of missing school since lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Rural areas face threat of 400,000 new homes 01 Apr 2022 - Government urges against travel to eight COVID-19 areas 01 Apr 2022 - Council companies lose £600k 01 Apr 2022 - Road funding will be cut by more than a fifth this year, warn council chiefs 01 Apr 2022 - New guidance on council-owned companies to be published 01 Apr 2022 - Covid: Parts of England to trial self-isolation support 01 Apr 2022 - Covid: Parts of England to trial self-isolation support 01 Apr 2022 - Chance of England Covid restrictions ending on 21 June ‘looking good’ 01 Apr 2022 - Parents oppose longer school days to help children catch up 01 Apr 2022 - Half of UK children playing out with friends less since pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Opinion: Councils must meet their SEND legal duties 01 Apr 2022 - Nottinghamshire pressed to abandon reorganisation 01 Apr 2022 - Councils charged triple the recommended mark-up on IT products 01 Apr 2022 - Report makes case for Annual Proportional Property Tax system 01 Apr 2022 - Final £576m allocations of future high streets fund announced 01 Apr 2022 - Joint chief of county and unitary set to retire 01 Apr 2022 - ‘A step in the right direction’ – sector responds to local audit proposals 01 Apr 2022 - Government announces new local audit leader 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers under pressure to revoke law which makes it illegal to sleep rough, as 10 people a week prosecuted 01 Apr 2022 - Schools set to lose £118m funding for poor pupils 01 Apr 2022 - Death rate in England is lowest since records began 01 Apr 2022 - Doctors hit back at NHS bosses over orders to see patients face-to-face 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Disappointing’ pay offer for council employees announced 01 Apr 2022 - Councils charged triple the recommended mark-up on IT products 01 Apr 2022 - COVID crisis exposed council underfunding, says watchdog 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdown reverses 40-year decline in smoking 01 Apr 2022 - Employers offer 1.5% 'paltry' pay rise 01 Apr 2022 - Green light for councils' legal action worth £10m 01 Apr 2022 - New laws for house buyers, renters and homeowners coming this year 01 Apr 2022 - Tiers may return if Indian variant takes hold 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers lambasted by select committee 01 Apr 2022 - County leader in planning power grab 01 Apr 2022 - Burnham calls for Labour push on devolution 01 Apr 2022 - Auditors defend council governance 01 Apr 2022 - Council criticised for handling of COVID-19 business support 01 Apr 2022 - Government to improve reporting and transparency of LGPS 01 Apr 2022 - NHS and local government ‘need financial sustainability to deal with future crises’ 01 Apr 2022 - Indian variant hotspot data set to determine roadmap future 01 Apr 2022 - Councils urge government to ‘retreat carefully’ with COVID-19 support 01 Apr 2022 - Social care evidence 01 Apr 2022 - Court ruling closes business rates loophole 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdowns ease in England, Wales and most of Scotland 01 Apr 2022 - Increasing confidence jabs work against Indian variant 01 Apr 2022 - Covid vaccines offered to teenagers at Indian variant hotspot Bolton 01 Apr 2022 - Queen’s Speech: government introduces McCloud remedy bill 01 Apr 2022 - Level best? What the Queen's Speech tells us - and does not - about 'levelling up' 01 Apr 2022 - Tackle high needs before it is too late 01 Apr 2022 - County Councils Network announces interim chair 01 Apr 2022 - New index reveals most and least prosperous local authorities 01 Apr 2022 - Delays for Special Needs Plans 01 Apr 2022 - Watchdog asks police to investigate council accounts 01 Apr 2022 - UK economic bounceback set to outpace peers after big 2020 decline 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson told to deliver 10-year social care plan or risk derailing health reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Half of pools, gyms and leisure centres in England at risk, prime minister told 01 Apr 2022 - Pupils in England ‘waiting up to five years for special needs plan’ 01 Apr 2022 - Indian variant: Second jabs could be brought forward to tackle rise 01 Apr 2022 - Every patient to have right to see a GP as NHS abandons ‘total triage’ 01 Apr 2022 - Ban on bailiff evictions to be lifted next month as Covid support ends for tenants 01 Apr 2022 - Tony Travers: Levelling up is top down 01 Apr 2022 - Dismay at plans to shorten poll lead-in time and require voter ID 01 Apr 2022 - Serving MP set to become county council leader 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19 inquiry promised within a year 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson promises Covid inquiry within a year 01 Apr 2022 - UK economy picks up as lockdown restrictions ease 01 Apr 2022 - Indian Covid variant calls in question 17 May reopening in UK, say experts 01 Apr 2022 - Theresa May leads Tory revolt over push for new housing 01 Apr 2022 - MPs revolt over new planning reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Government's legislative agenda to focus on Boris Johnson's 'lifetime skills guarantee' 01 Apr 2022 - Failure to act on social care reform ‘will be bitter blow for millions’ 01 Apr 2022 - Indoor pints and hugs with family - Boris Johnson confirms new lockdown easing in England from 17 May 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson says 'one-metre plus' rule could be ditched from 21 June - and hints at no 'papers for pub' 01 Apr 2022 - No more face masks in schools from 17 May - while all university students will return 01 Apr 2022 - Queen's speech: PM's 'live local and prosper' promise 01 Apr 2022 - English elections 2021: Conservatives make gains across country 01 Apr 2022 - Local elections 2021: Counties buck the Tory trend 01 Apr 2022 - Scale of local authority Covid-19 pressures revealed 01 Apr 2022 - Social care reform expected to be delayed amid cost concerns 01 Apr 2022 - New measures to boost recycling rates 01 Apr 2022 - Unions talk up judicial review over McCloud reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Social care spending ‘lower than in 2010’ 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-19 pressures hit council-funded nurseries 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-19 funding frees up capital investment 01 Apr 2022 - Scale of local authority Covid-19 pressures revealed 01 Apr 2022 - London borough to refund overcharged water fees 01 Apr 2022 - Poor pupils fall further behind in maths 01 Apr 2022 - Fireplaces and stoves are bigger polluters than traffic 01 Apr 2022 - Drivers could be 'criminally liable' and may be charged for driving over a pothole 01 Apr 2022 - Devolution White Paper to be replaced by levelling up proposals 01 Apr 2022 - Call for masks to remain compulsory in England’s schools 01 Apr 2022 - Government announces ‘levelling up’ white paper 01 Apr 2022 - MPs want law to protect care home visiting rights 01 Apr 2022 - Schools struggle to access tutoring 01 Apr 2022 - New ‘levelling up’ adviser to steer government’s agenda 01 Apr 2022 - Disposable masks pose pollutants risk, study finds 01 Apr 2022 - Holidays abroad should be discouraged to stop Covid third wave, say MPs 01 Apr 2022 - Hospitality bosses lose court battle over indoor opening 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson delays social care reform amid cost fears 01 Apr 2022 - 1m plus rule could end from 21 June, says Johnson 01 Apr 2022 - Government taskforce urges permanent job flexibility for all workers 01 Apr 2022 - More than 15 million people now fully vaccinated as UK reports 14 more deaths 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson wants planning reforms to feature in Queen’s Speech 01 Apr 2022 - Covid modellers ‘optimistic’ third wave may not happen at all 01 Apr 2022 - NHS draws up Pfizer Covid vaccine plan for schoolchildren 01 Apr 2022 - Quarantine for Covid contacts could be scrapped 01 Apr 2022 - 'I moved a few miles up the road and my council tax bill doubled' 01 Apr 2022 - Record rate of online Covid vaccine bookings 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-19 infections in UK back to late summer levels - ONS 01 Apr 2022 - Thousands head to UK's first club night in more than a year for coronavirus safety pilot event 01 Apr 2022 - Care home isolation rule axed for low-risk trips in England 01 Apr 2022 - New modelling ‘optimistic’ third wave may not happen at all 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19 vaccine plan for schoolchildren 01 Apr 2022 - Planning reforms to feature in Queen’s Speech 01 Apr 2022 - Social care reform ‘expected to be delayed’ 01 Apr 2022 - 1m plus rule could end from 21 June, says PM 01 Apr 2022 - ‘More congestion, more pollution’: Clean air campaigners concerned about 20,000 more Ubers 01 Apr 2022 - Social distancing not needed at big events, Boris Johnson to be told 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-19 vaccine offered to people aged 40 and over in England 01 Apr 2022 - Councils obliged to meet burdensome finance data requests 01 Apr 2022 - Legal bid to continue virtual council meetings fails 01 Apr 2022 - Former Bexley finance director appointed chief executive of London Councils 01 Apr 2022 - Complex and failing: the social care provider market 01 Apr 2022 - Grahame Morris MP: Replace council tax with a proportional property tax 01 Apr 2022 - Social care ‘needs 1948 moment’ 01 Apr 2022 - Hertfordshire County Council loses High Court bid to continue remote meetings 01 Apr 2022 - Grenfell: Bid to shield residents from cladding costs fails 01 Apr 2022 - Gavin Williamson wants to turn more state schools into academies 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Try before you buy’ offer for schools to join academies, Williamson to announce 01 Apr 2022 - Vaccinating adolescents could help prevent third wave of Covid in UK – study 01 Apr 2022 - 40m people in England live in areas almost free from Covid 01 Apr 2022 - One dose of vaccine halves transmission - study 01 Apr 2022 - Scottish unions reject 2% council pay offer 01 Apr 2022 - Scottish party manifestos united by ‘disconnect from fiscal reality’ 01 Apr 2022 - £50m boost to London local government pension investment fund 01 Apr 2022 - Newham to appeal loan fraud claim verdict 01 Apr 2022 - MHCLG intervention – what is going wrong? 01 Apr 2022 - Trial period offer for schools to join academies 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson: We’re on track to lift all Covid restrictions by June 21 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdown fines should be reviewed, say MPs 01 Apr 2022 - Schools to share £1.8bn for building repairs 01 Apr 2022 - Summer schools programme opens for bids 01 Apr 2022 - Funds unveiled to support uptake of neighbourhood planning 01 Apr 2022 - All-female team create new guide to support safer public spaces 01 Apr 2022 - Questions over impact of reorganisation on Levelling Up Fund 01 Apr 2022 - Public sector pension reforms ‘on track’ 01 Apr 2022 - Cameron ‘persistently’ lobbied Treasury officials for Covid-19 relief 01 Apr 2022 - Bank considers risk of financial collapse from cladding scandal 01 Apr 2022 - The pothole pimpernels filling in for the council 01 Apr 2022 - Scrap social distancing in June to give people control of their lives, say scientists 01 Apr 2022 - Half of UK population has had first jab - and more than 12 million fully vaccinated 01 Apr 2022 - Mask-free summer on the cards, as vaccines take control of the pandemic, say experts 01 Apr 2022 - Johnson presses Sunak over cap on cost of social care in old age 01 Apr 2022 - Watchdog urges 'revaluation' of councils' role 01 Apr 2022 - Charity warns over 60,000 families 'tipped into homelessness last winter' 01 Apr 2022 - Children and families need £12.5bn over three years, says new ADCS president 01 Apr 2022 - Cap on cost of care in old age reportedly being considered 01 Apr 2022 - Scrap social distancing in June to give people control of their lives, say scientists 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Battle not over’ amid jab campaign for under-50s 01 Apr 2022 - Time to replace fiscal rules, think-tank says 01 Apr 2022 - LGA calls for clarity on exit data request 01 Apr 2022 - Homelessness charity calls for Home Office rules to be scrapped 01 Apr 2022 - Children and families need £12.5bn over three years, says new ADCS president 01 Apr 2022 - Charity warns over 60,000 families 'tipped into homelessness last winter' 01 Apr 2022 - Fears over MHCLG’s weak influence in Whitehall 01 Apr 2022 - Brit Awards to have live audience as part of COVID-19 event trials 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury to look at public health spending 01 Apr 2022 - District's loophole to allow virtual meetings 01 Apr 2022 - Councils at 'forefront' of climate change action 01 Apr 2022 - The beginner’s guide to freeports 01 Apr 2022 - Government proposes extension to audit fee deadline 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers defend Levelling up Fund criteria 01 Apr 2022 - A “proper” transitional system could improve funding predictability 01 Apr 2022 - UK borrowing 01 Apr 2022 - 20,000 children off school register 01 Apr 2022 - MHCLG proposes more flexible audit rules 01 Apr 2022 - MHCLG to continue monthly data returns ‘for some time’ 01 Apr 2022 - MHCLG: No plans to extend Covid financial support beyond June 01 Apr 2022 - Minister urged to ‘grasp the nettle’ and prioritise local government standards 01 Apr 2022 - Plans to overhaul recycling collections suffer delays 01 Apr 2022 - Shielding scheme took too long to identify up to 800,000, says PAC 01 Apr 2022 - Homeless charity warns calls from young people up a third in past year 01 Apr 2022 - MPs hit out at decision to scrap Green Homes Grant 01 Apr 2022 - Councils wait on capitalisation directions 01 Apr 2022 - Warnings of financial shock for care sector 01 Apr 2022 - Government to set new 2035 emissions target in law 01 Apr 2022 - Rising fuel costs drive UK inflation to 0.7 per cent in March 01 Apr 2022 - Jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of murder 01 Apr 2022 - Pothole figures 'a watershed moment' 01 Apr 2022 - UK reports four more COVID deaths - lowest rise since early September 01 Apr 2022 - Under-30s less compliant with Covid rules, UK data shows 01 Apr 2022 - Young people who have had coronavirus will get £5,000 for being deliberately re-exposed to the virus 01 Apr 2022 - Unemployment puts hundreds of thousands more at risk of poor mental health 01 Apr 2022 - More children worried about pollution near schools 01 Apr 2022 - No simple north-south divide, says report 01 Apr 2022 - Pregnant women should be offered Covid-19 vaccine in their age group 01 Apr 2022 - England's R number drops slightly as coronavirus infection level falls across UK 01 Apr 2022 - Welsh council funding gap to hit £178m next year 01 Apr 2022 - Local government SEND funding ‘pitiful’ 01 Apr 2022 - £36.5m council funding to support Hong Kong arrivals 01 Apr 2022 - County reverses decision to leave LGA 01 Apr 2022 - No simple north-south divide, says report 01 Apr 2022 - Commission calls for abolition of Spending Reviews 01 Apr 2022 - Debate should move from survival to stability, says NAO lead 01 Apr 2022 - Storm brewing over exit payment data demands 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick moves to quell districts’ plan for reorganisation referendum 01 Apr 2022 - Virtual meetings case ‘helped’ by Jenrick move 01 Apr 2022 - Power of local government eroded over decades, report concludes 01 Apr 2022 - LGA welcomes Covid-19 grant scheme extension 01 Apr 2022 - Welsh PPE procurement praised despite pandemic challenges 01 Apr 2022 - Sector raises worries over homes bonus threshold proposal 01 Apr 2022 - Croydon hopes to receive ‘majority’ of housing company loan interest 01 Apr 2022 - Pfizer boss says people may need additional vaccines beyond their second dose 01 Apr 2022 - Rapid Covid testing in England may be scaled back over false positives 01 Apr 2022 - 4.6m people missed out on hospital treatment in England in 2020 01 Apr 2022 - England gets third jab as Moderna rollout begins 01 Apr 2022 - Pubs and bars face being punished for Covid rule-busting queues 01 Apr 2022 - People in their forties are next in line as Covid vaccine rollout hits target 01 Apr 2022 - UK records lowest deaths and cases figures since September 01 Apr 2022 - Covid lockdown eases: 'Sense of celebration' as pubs and shops reopen 01 Apr 2022 - Extent of mental health crisis in England at ‘terrifying’ level 01 Apr 2022 - Public back more city devolution 01 Apr 2022 - Councils urged to bid for £15m traffic signals cash 01 Apr 2022 - Children ‘bearing brunt’ of mental health crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Shapps announces £18m cycle training fund 01 Apr 2022 - MPs call for review of 'dangerous' obesity strategy 01 Apr 2022 - People can start thinking about foreign travel - Shapps 01 Apr 2022 - Twice-weekly lateral flow coronavirus tests now available for free in England 01 Apr 2022 - English councils handing huge extra care bills to disabled and mentally ill adults 01 Apr 2022 - England’s Covid vaccine programme could slow sharply, Sage says 01 Apr 2022 - Shoppers may need Covid vaccine passports 01 Apr 2022 - Almost 3,000 council fat cats now earn more than £100,000 a year: Shocking rise in pay for town hall bosses amid growing fury over soaring local tax bills 01 Apr 2022 - Appetite for PWLB borrowing returns in March 01 Apr 2022 - Campaigners in legal challenge to Levelling Up Fund criteria 01 Apr 2022 - Councils underspend £62m of childcare funding 01 Apr 2022 - IFS: Funding 30% higher per head in Scotland than England 01 Apr 2022 - High Street sales tipped to surge 50% on 12 April 01 Apr 2022 - Hong Kong families moving to UK to benefit from £43m support package 01 Apr 2022 - COVID passports have ‘significant implications’ for councils 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson gives green light for shops and pubs to open from Monday 01 Apr 2022 - More help for new and expectant mothers in England 01 Apr 2022 - Tests to be offered twice-weekly to all in England 01 Apr 2022 - Two-thirds of councils cashing in with biggest bill hikes are Labour: 51 left-wing local authorities ramped up charges to 5% limit - more than 12 times the inflation rate of 0.4% 01 Apr 2022 - Parents forced to crowdfund to stop playgrounds in England crumbling 01 Apr 2022 - Coronavirus passports can get people 'back to doing things they love', culture secretary says 01 Apr 2022 - Sunset clause planned to head off vaccine certificate revolt 01 Apr 2022 - Many students say their mental health is worse due to pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Everyone's Invited: Schools abuse helpline and review launched 01 Apr 2022 - Second vaccine doses outnumber first jabs for first time in single day 01 Apr 2022 - Grant Thornton defends Liverpool audits 01 Apr 2022 - Shielding coming to an end for millions 01 Apr 2022 - Rise in pothole repairs 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Favouritism’ in levelling up grants shows declining standards, says anti-corruption body 01 Apr 2022 - Get aboard £120m zero-emission bus scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Government 'recycling' cash between flagship funds 01 Apr 2022 - Principal authorities encouraged to pass £56m Welcome Back funding to local councils 01 Apr 2022 - Rob Whiteman: To solve local government funding, form should follow function 01 Apr 2022 - Alert apps and ‘sponge’ road surfaces among new technology to deal with flooding 01 Apr 2022 - £500m mental health plan targets people affected by pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Councils face rise in demand for short-term care 01 Apr 2022 - Short-term funding has held back care, says watchdog 01 Apr 2022 - Financial collapse at Croydon could have been avoided 01 Apr 2022 - Next phase of Supporting Families programme launched with £165m 01 Apr 2022 - NHS trusts climb down over business rates claim 01 Apr 2022 - Government to ban Covid-19 business rates appeals 01 Apr 2022 - Councils call for long-term plan to tackle education inequalities 01 Apr 2022 - Government opts to retain legacy public pension calculations 01 Apr 2022 - County set to walk out of LGA membership 01 Apr 2022 - Lack of social care strategy left system weakened when COVID-19 struck – report 01 Apr 2022 - UK to set up health agency to combat future pandemics 01 Apr 2022 - Cost of social care to double within two decades, says NAO 01 Apr 2022 - Baroness Harding: communities not aware of Covid financial support 01 Apr 2022 - Marmot: austerity-era cuts to local government must be reversed 01 Apr 2022 - Government to ban Covid-19 business rates appeals 01 Apr 2022 - NHS trusts climb down over business rates claim 01 Apr 2022 - Online ‘family hubs’ 01 Apr 2022 - SEND family spends £20k fighting for school place 01 Apr 2022 - Hancock: Integration with DPHs the ‘only way’ new health security agency can work 01 Apr 2022 - Business rates review finds little enthusiasm for more localised system 01 Apr 2022 - Increase in small funding pots will hinder levelling up efforts, warn met chiefs 01 Apr 2022 - Second home owners face tax changes 01 Apr 2022 - £34.5m stolen in pandemic scams 01 Apr 2022 - Commission calls on councils to improve digital services for social care 01 Apr 2022 - Government allocates £562m green improvement fund 01 Apr 2022 - Online sales tax ‘could help subsidise business rate reductions’ 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Inevitable’ third Covid-19 wave will not change the plan, vows Boris Johnson 01 Apr 2022 - Smokers in England cost local care services £1.2bn each year 01 Apr 2022 - Commission calls on councils to improve digital services for social care 01 Apr 2022 - Government allocates £562m green improvement fund 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19: How has the past year affected council staff? 01 Apr 2022 - Government piles on pressure to speed up business grant distribution 01 Apr 2022 - Whitty warns of ‘real risk’ of local and national links disappearing post-crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Government strengthens tax policymaking with over 30 updates, consultations and documents published 01 Apr 2022 - UK faces 'Covid decade' due to damage done by pandemic, says report 01 Apr 2022 - Life expectancy a decade lower for men in poorest areas 01 Apr 2022 - Payrolled employment rises for third month after a year of lockdown misery for jobs 01 Apr 2022 - Hopes rise for office-based companies of cut in business rates 01 Apr 2022 - Pandemic forces finance reform rethink 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19 shows need to reform, fire service told 01 Apr 2022 - 1.4% funding rise for council health services labelled `inadequate' 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick announces £212m pot to tackle rough sleeping 01 Apr 2022 - Size of Slough and Copeland loans revealed as support package hits £287m 01 Apr 2022 - IFS: Local government cuts set to be far worse than expected 01 Apr 2022 - Social care leaders warn of funding 'cliff edge' 01 Apr 2022 - Marsham Street told to improve transparency 01 Apr 2022 - Exclusive: Districts question fairness of reorganisation consultation process 01 Apr 2022 - Schools and hospitals face 'serious disruptions' as PFI contracts end 01 Apr 2022 - Hancock unveils £7bn funding boost for NHS and social care 01 Apr 2022 - Special needs support in schools 01 Apr 2022 - Schools missing out on millions 01 Apr 2022 - Five councils strike bailout deals with government over SEND 01 Apr 2022 - Communities call for funding powers 01 Apr 2022 - Mets to get bigger share of Covid outbreak fund as their income plunges 01 Apr 2022 - Plymouth to set up council-owned care company 01 Apr 2022 - 'Welcome back' fund launched for high streets and coastal areas 01 Apr 2022 - Local authorities allocated £100m leisure recovery fund 01 Apr 2022 - Sleep-in shifts legal battle ends 01 Apr 2022 - More councils in funding talks 01 Apr 2022 - Government to extend duration of Right to Buy expiry 01 Apr 2022 - London – 40 per cent of households in four boroughs claiming housing costs 01 Apr 2022 - Kerslake: Levelling up set to become ‘synonymous with pork barrel politics’ 01 Apr 2022 - Whitehall to pilot place-based approach to local government 01 Apr 2022 - Half of local audits late as NAO calls for reform 01 Apr 2022 - E-scooters are coming to a street near you amid surging demand 01 Apr 2022 - UK vaccination surge expected in coming days 01 Apr 2022 - Net zero 'not enough' to combat climate change, Environment Agency warns 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson launches £3bn ‘greener bus revolution’ to improve services 01 Apr 2022 - Services at risk unless NHS England gets £8bn extra funding within days 01 Apr 2022 - Major review aims to transform children’s lives in England 01 Apr 2022 - Safer Streets fund doubled to £45m in wake of Sarah Everard death 01 Apr 2022 - Fresh council warning over rates appeals 01 Apr 2022 - Councils welcome boost to COVID Winter Grant Scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson unveils £3bn bus revolution in ‘act of levelling up’ 01 Apr 2022 - Reform urged for outdated council tax that hits poor hardest 01 Apr 2022 - Third wave of Covid in autumn is inevitable, says ONS chief Sir Ian Diamond 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling-up ‘losing its way’ 01 Apr 2022 - LGA forced to pay back £1m in unused grant 01 Apr 2022 - Only 60% of care home workers vaccinated in one part of UK as progress stagnates 01 Apr 2022 - Council to consider capitalisation direction offer 01 Apr 2022 - Income losses drive 11% jump in net council expenditure 01 Apr 2022 - Local authority test and trace ‘hampered’ by limited funding 01 Apr 2022 - Council Tax hikes to see some baseline household bills exceed £2,000 for first time 01 Apr 2022 - A tale of two Budgets? 01 Apr 2022 - Where are elections happening on 6 May and why do they matter? [OPINION] 01 Apr 2022 - MPs condemn Government’s ‘staggering’ cost of programme that failed to stop spread of Covid-19 01 Apr 2022 - NAO: Local authority finances a ‘concern’ amid funding gap 01 Apr 2022 - Air quality soars in school streets that banished cars 01 Apr 2022 - Child abuse laws to be expanded in England and Wales 01 Apr 2022 - Children who receive false positive Covid tests at school to be banned from class for 10 days 01 Apr 2022 - Warning over photo ID law change for UK-wide and English elections 01 Apr 2022 - People aged 56 to 59 in England invited to book in for a coronavirus jab from next week 01 Apr 2022 - Concern quick-result tests on pupils will give too many false positives 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson urges caution as England schools to reopen 01 Apr 2022 - Mental health money for children's services 01 Apr 2022 - Households face paying £100 a year more in council tax 01 Apr 2022 - NHS may face a million long Covid patients after pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - UK 'well-equipped' to stay ahead of Covid variants, says top scientist 01 Apr 2022 - All businesses in England to be given rapid coronavirus tests free of charge 01 Apr 2022 - UK Covid deaths and infections fall by a third in a week with 236 fatalities and 5,947 cases in last 24 hours 01 Apr 2022 - Cautious continuity Budget indicates a lack of post-Covid vision [OPINION] 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak’s Budget focuses on growth – but little mention of public services 01 Apr 2022 - DCN bids to attract unitaries with new offer 01 Apr 2022 - A £150k semi-detached home that pays more tax than a £77m mansion: That's just one of the injustices in the council tax postcode lottery 01 Apr 2022 - NHS reforms risk sowing confusion and undermining safety, MPs warned 01 Apr 2022 - End Covid payments delay, says struggling events industry 01 Apr 2022 - Households of school aged children eligible for rapid COVID tests 01 Apr 2022 - Labour calls for council powers to intervene in high streets 01 Apr 2022 - MPs call for review of local authority flood funding 01 Apr 2022 - Councils' loans legal action fails 01 Apr 2022 - Government considers pubs plan that would see alcohol duty frozen 01 Apr 2022 - PM has 'no doubt' about strong jobs recovery 01 Apr 2022 - 'Now is not the time for tax rises', say MPs 01 Apr 2022 - Election campaigning allowed from 8 March 01 Apr 2022 - Encourage unemployed to staff polling stations, says Cabinet Office 01 Apr 2022 - ‘levelling up is levelling down for London’ 01 Apr 2022 - Unison call for election safety measures 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury officials are likely to find themselves in Darlington 01 Apr 2022 - School closures risk 'permanent scarring' to children, adviser warns 01 Apr 2022 - If we don't reform social care now, when will we? 01 Apr 2022 - Compulsory jabs for care staff supported by Robert Buckland 01 Apr 2022 - Single Pfizer vaccine dose could be enough for people who have had Covid, studies show 01 Apr 2022 - How ministers are planning to seize control of policy from Public Health England 01 Apr 2022 - Doorstep campaigning for local elections to resume in England 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak to inject £126m to boost traineeship scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak to use budget to start repairing UK's public finances 01 Apr 2022 - Councils to provide grocery shopping to stop people breaking Covid self-isolation rules 01 Apr 2022 - Coronavirus levels 'burning quite hot' in some of UK 01 Apr 2022 - Vaccinating by age not job 'will save the most lives' - Hancock 01 Apr 2022 - Prudential code: “Not perfect, but its heart is in the right place” 01 Apr 2022 - Is local government funding “broken”? 01 Apr 2022 - MPs investigate ditching smart motorways 01 Apr 2022 - Green homes grant will meet only tiny fraction of target in England 01 Apr 2022 - Major cities falling well behind in UK's bid to vaccinate its way out of lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - English school leaders despair over new rules on Covid tests and masks 01 Apr 2022 - Councils fail to hand out £1.6bn of Covid grants for small business 01 Apr 2022 - NHS struggles with dysfunctional audit market 01 Apr 2022 - Oxfordshire pays out £1.6m following procurement dispute 01 Apr 2022 - UK government denies £1.7bn request from Scottish Government 01 Apr 2022 - Leap in size of local authority peer lending 01 Apr 2022 - Judge throws out council LOBO fraud claim against Barclays 01 Apr 2022 - Government considering local audit ‘system leader’ 01 Apr 2022 - Mendip District Council back universal basic income trial 01 Apr 2022 - Council facing legal action over 'knee-jerk' cycle lane removal 01 Apr 2022 - Ring-fence national insurance to cover many care costs says PM’s ex-aide 01 Apr 2022 - New Levelling Up Fund using money diverted from Towns Fund 01 Apr 2022 - MHCLG to make move from Whitehall to Wolverhampton 01 Apr 2022 - Councils bending rules to vaccinate key workers 01 Apr 2022 - Children’s services face £824m budget gap 01 Apr 2022 - Index reveals funding woes 01 Apr 2022 - Figures show pre-pandemic fly-tipping rise across England 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak is planning 'giveaway' budget next week to inject the UK with a post-lockdown boom after No10's slow road to freedom - with help for motorists, hospitality firms and the housing market 01 Apr 2022 - New legislation extends proxy voting in local elections 01 Apr 2022 - Levelling Up Fund to feature rapid bid process 01 Apr 2022 - pposition to national audit body risks more MHCLG regulation 01 Apr 2022 - Review of business rates delayed until autumn 01 Apr 2022 - Councils predict £2bn black hole due to business rate appeals 01 Apr 2022 - Pressure mounts over SEND grant deficit 01 Apr 2022 - Councils walk away from business rates pools amid income fears 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-19 pressures hit grant fraud prevention 01 Apr 2022 - Grants of £150m available to councils in homes partnership initiative 01 Apr 2022 - Buss to take over as Croydon finance chief 01 Apr 2022 - Budget 2021 rumour round-up: Corporation tax ‘hike expected’ 01 Apr 2022 - Torbay latest council to shelve commercial investment 01 Apr 2022 - Under-25s worst-hit as unemployment rises again 01 Apr 2022 - 'Large wave' of infections if restrictions were eased too fast and some measures will be needed beyond 2021, scientists warn 01 Apr 2022 - Covid test and vaccine certificates could help sectors reopen in England 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson unveils plan to end England restrictions by 21 June 01 Apr 2022 - Keep funding green homes to meet emissions target, say businesses 01 Apr 2022 - Labour urges Rishi Sunak to extend Covid self-isolation payments 01 Apr 2022 - UK homeless deaths rise by more than a third in a year, study finds 01 Apr 2022 - More than 7% of children have attempted suicide by 17 01 Apr 2022 - Catch-up narrative putting 'huge pressure' on children, psychologists say 01 Apr 2022 - UK vaccine rollout should turn to children 'as fast as we can', says SAGE expert 01 Apr 2022 - Firms with government licences caught fly-tipping, Panorama investigation finds 01 Apr 2022 - UK reports another 215 coronavirus deaths as number of people jabbed hits 17.5 million 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson to unveil 'cautious' plan to lift England's lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Doubling up: Somerset better off with two unitaries 01 Apr 2022 - Study launched to assess council Covid-19 procurement 01 Apr 2022 - Northern transport network scraps contactless payment plan 01 Apr 2022 - Resilience index shows drop in reserves 01 Apr 2022 - Value of council's purchases plummet due to pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Church of England land should be used to help tackle housing crisis, says report 01 Apr 2022 - UK government under growing pressure over Covid procurement 01 Apr 2022 - End outside sport ban, top scientist urges Johnson as all adults set for jab by July 01 Apr 2022 - All UK adults to be offered jab by 31 July 01 Apr 2022 - Housing department confirms second headquarters in Wolverhampton 01 Apr 2022 - Ambulance delays led to 'secondary Covid victims' 01 Apr 2022 - Burnt-out NHS staff to be boosted by military medics as they brace for wave of non-coronavirus patients 01 Apr 2022 - Whitty at odds with Johnson over 'big bang' reopening of schools in England 01 Apr 2022 - Fears of English local elections chaos due to lack of staff and venues 01 Apr 2022 - Ban on placing under-16s in unregulated housing risks creating 'two-tier' system 01 Apr 2022 - Tories accuse Lib Dems over doorstep campaigning 01 Apr 2022 - Two Croydon directors resign as disciplinary process begins 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson pledges surplus to poorer countries at G7 01 Apr 2022 - Special needs pupils in England 'pushed to one side' in Covid crisis 01 Apr 2022 - One in six new universal credit claimants forced to skip meals 01 Apr 2022 - 'Large number' of contact tracers to be sacked - as PM prepares to announce loosening of lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak to extend rates relief and furlough 01 Apr 2022 - Some children won't return to school until April under phased reopening plans 01 Apr 2022 - 10,000 children in care were sent to potentially unsafe places to live - including caravans, tents and barges 01 Apr 2022 - Public sector fraud ‘should be treated as national security issue' 01 Apr 2022 - Scottish Government to extend rates relief 01 Apr 2022 - NAO to probe local authority audit deadlines 01 Apr 2022 - Councils predict £2bn black hole due to business rate appeals 01 Apr 2022 - Covid: Boris Johnson to focus on 'data, not dates' for lockdown easing 01 Apr 2022 - Cash-strapped youth services 'at crisis point' in coronavirus crisis, warns YMCA 01 Apr 2022 - Covid shows need for bigger government role, says Starmer 01 Apr 2022 - Chancellor urged to use budget to tackle rent debt crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Parents to test children for Covid twice a week 01 Apr 2022 - Exit pay cap revoked 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Exceptional support’ councils promised £96m by 2022 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick confirms £3.5bn plan to replace unsafe cladding 01 Apr 2022 - DfE tells returning officers to use businesses for polling stations 01 Apr 2022 - Croydon senior management team suspended 01 Apr 2022 - New phase begins after first vaccine target hit in England 01 Apr 2022 - Hotel quarantine comes into force in UK 01 Apr 2022 - MPs urge government to spell out economic and health impacts of easing lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Social businesses shut out of government support 01 Apr 2022 - Johnson should repay north of England voters with private investment 01 Apr 2022 - Funding to fix equivalent of 10 million potholes allocated to local authorities 01 Apr 2022 - Remove parking spaces to drive greener travel, study says 01 Apr 2022 - ONS gears up for once-in-a-decade challenge with 2021 census 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury climbdown over public sector exit cap 01 Apr 2022 - Government ‘lacks knowledge of environmental tax impacts’ 01 Apr 2022 - UK economy shrinks by double previous record in 2020 01 Apr 2022 - Environmental issue - the UK's new green bond 01 Apr 2022 - Eviction ban in England extended until March 01 Apr 2022 - Call for 'summer of play' to help English pupils recover from Covid-19 stress 01 Apr 2022 - Teachers and police set to be given Covid vaccine priority after over-50s 01 Apr 2022 - UK economy suffered record annual slump in 2020 01 Apr 2022 - £27bn roads plan in doubt after Shapps overrode official advice 01 Apr 2022 - Anger at cladding 'betrayal': Government pledges £3.5bn to help fix crisis - but innocent victims STILL face massive bills to make their fire-risk homes safe 01 Apr 2022 - School catch-up in England could take 5 years, says education recovery tsar 01 Apr 2022 - Four English councils get emergency government funding 01 Apr 2022 - Duncan McGinty: Stronger Somerset devo model recognises county’s diversity 01 Apr 2022 - Poll venues in short supply as Williamson urged to unblock schools use 01 Apr 2022 - Just 11% back May elections date amid Covid concern 01 Apr 2022 - Councils warn of budget shortfall for May elections 01 Apr 2022 - Government set to announce billions in funding to help homeowners with cladding removal 01 Apr 2022 - Putting councils 'in the driving seat' would save £1.6bn, says report 01 Apr 2022 - Poor parents sending their kids to relatives during Covid so they can get food 01 Apr 2022 - At least 12 English councils in rescue talks as Covid shatters local finances 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19: Boris Johnson doesn't rule out extending school summer term to help pupils catch up 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson’s golden chance to fix social care 01 Apr 2022 - Spending power ‘two percentage points lower’ than government's claim 01 Apr 2022 - £15m ‘uplift’ for Covid-19 elections 01 Apr 2022 - Budget 2021: Council tax centralisation could hurt local democracy 01 Apr 2022 - Covid hits exam-taking and poorer pupils worst, study finds 01 Apr 2022 - Reform business rates or risk a high street collapse, say firms 01 Apr 2022 - UK care workers use up leave to avoid losing pay while sick with Covid 01 Apr 2022 - Executive who sold cladding for Grenfell to appear before inquiry 01 Apr 2022 - Labour would oversee radical insourcing of public services 01 Apr 2022 - Six month delay to government’s new health protection agency 01 Apr 2022 - Coronavirus: Care home bans on visits 'breach' human rights 01 Apr 2022 - PM says 8 March 'prudent' for English schools' return as scientists issue warning 01 Apr 2022 - PM names head of school pandemic catch-up plan 01 Apr 2022 - Fix failing poverty-fighting schemes run by local councils after huge cuts, Tory MPs say 01 Apr 2022 - Half of care home staff at UK's largest provider have not had Covid vaccine 01 Apr 2022 - Care homes 'could soon reopen to visitors' before residents have second shot of Covid vaccine 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson pushes to reopen schools as Covid cases fall 01 Apr 2022 - England might not return to regional restrictions as lockdown is eased, Boris Johnson suggests 01 Apr 2022 - 9.3 million people have received first vaccine dose as UK records another 406 deaths 01 Apr 2022 - Care home vaccine 'milestone' reached in England 01 Apr 2022 - Firms call for details of post lockdown reopening so they can plan 01 Apr 2022 - Government faces more pressure to extend £20-a-week Covid top-up 01 Apr 2022 - Binmen lift the lid on mountains of beer bottles and garden waste 01 Apr 2022 - Starmer demands help for ‘hostages’ in unsellable flats 01 Apr 2022 - Plea for children's play to be designated 'essential exercise' during lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Older age groups in UK ‘will die’ if Covid vaccine priority goes to younger key workers 01 Apr 2022 - Social distancing may have to remain in place all year 01 Apr 2022 - Jobs first as ministers plan for life after Covid-19 01 Apr 2022 - Tory rebellion looms over flat-owners’ cladding bills 01 Apr 2022 - The devastating toll of the pandemic on children 01 Apr 2022 - Right to repeat a year should be considered by ministers, headteachers say 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson wants all schools open when Covid lockdown is relaxed 01 Apr 2022 - Covid infections remain high but stable 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-hit pupils 'should be allowed to repeat a year' 01 Apr 2022 - Councils flag concerns about 'excessive profits' at children's homes 01 Apr 2022 - Northampton dealings with football club ‘unlawful’ 01 Apr 2022 - Council Tax Tracker uncovers reluctance to make maximum rise 01 Apr 2022 - Council proposes 3.5% council tax rise despite deficit 01 Apr 2022 - Covid: Social workers 'braced for tsunami of needs' after lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Children's mental health services in England 'unable to meet demand' 01 Apr 2022 - Pandemic could impact children's mental health for years, report warns 01 Apr 2022 - LGA fears over government threats to slash grant 01 Apr 2022 - Covid: 'Virus going in right direction but not fast enough' 01 Apr 2022 - UK mayors urge Boris Johnson to commit to tougher air pollution targets 01 Apr 2022 - £1 million wasted on cycle-friendly road zones that councils abandoned 01 Apr 2022 - Schools in England need post-Covid fund to tackle mental health decline, says report 01 Apr 2022 - Schools in low Covid infection areas may open sooner, parents told 01 Apr 2022 - 'Poor decisions' to blame for UK death toll, scientists say 01 Apr 2022 - Scottish Government funding for councils falls short 01 Apr 2022 - Fury as long-awaited UK environment bill is delayed for third time 01 Apr 2022 - Government plans to turn England homes green 'in chaos' with debt and job losses 01 Apr 2022 - UK unemployment reaches four-year high in Covid-19 lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - County lines gangsters face longer jail terms under tough new sentencing rules 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Significant Brexit challenges’ weaken UK economy 01 Apr 2022 - Local authorities' Covid-19 pressures 'set to deepen' 01 Apr 2022 - High air pollution linked to irreversible sight loss 01 Apr 2022 - Depression among children is at frightening levels, doctors warn 01 Apr 2022 - Schools will be told of reopening plans 'as soon as we can' 01 Apr 2022 - UK records lowest daily rise in coronavirus cases so far this year 01 Apr 2022 - Almost four in five of over-80s have received first dose of coronavirus vaccine but supply is 'tight', says Matt Hancock 01 Apr 2022 - Quarantine hotel plans set to be announced 01 Apr 2022 - Fears grow over hidden child abuse since start of pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Pressure cooker’ lockdown set to drive rising costs 01 Apr 2022 - Councils report nearly 5% dip in parking profits 01 Apr 2022 - Swathes of England's vital flood defences ‘almost useless’ 01 Apr 2022 - Cambridgeshire’s £24m education boost may not be enough for SEND pupils 01 Apr 2022 - Most job roles for youths not yet filled 01 Apr 2022 - councils to get £23m to encourage high-risk groups to have jab 01 Apr 2022 - Government must use 2021 to get levelling up back on track 01 Apr 2022 - Councils back postponement of May local elections 01 Apr 2022 - Pandemic is 'levelling down' the South, report warns 01 Apr 2022 - English council chiefs back postponement of May local elections 01 Apr 2022 - UK variant 'may be more deadly' 01 Apr 2022 - County’s leaders present legal solution to let remote meetings continue 01 Apr 2022 - Councils ‘in driving seat’ over shared prosperity fund, Jenrick insists 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick ‘made arguments within government’ to delay local elections 01 Apr 2022 - Council shifts £11m of land to housing account 01 Apr 2022 - Council finances a ‘significant risk' to the Treasury 01 Apr 2022 - Auditors raise questions over council transparency 01 Apr 2022 - UK borrowing hits highest December level on record 01 Apr 2022 - Councils face legal challenges against pop-up cycle lanes and road closures introduced during Covid-19 pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Government finances at 'significant risk' from debt-laden councils due to Covid 01 Apr 2022 - Johnson raises fears of lockdown in England continuing into summertime 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers to discuss £500 Covid payment to boost self-isolation rates 01 Apr 2022 - Majority of discretionary self-isolation support applications rejected, Labour say 01 Apr 2022 - Record 343,000 people in UK receive Covid vaccine in one day 01 Apr 2022 - Oxford scientists preparing new vaccine versions to combat emerging Covid strains 01 Apr 2022 - Rollout of daily testing of close contacts paused in English schools 01 Apr 2022 - High Court deals blow to expansion of cycle lanes and wider pavements 01 Apr 2022 - Nottingham plans £100m asset sale 01 Apr 2022 - Councils urged to update their Local Plans 01 Apr 2022 - New homes will need to reduce emissions by at least 75% by 2025 01 Apr 2022 - Inquiry launched into role of local authority pension funds in fighting climate change 01 Apr 2022 - UK cities and towns hardest hit by COVID-19 likely to recover fastest, report finds 01 Apr 2022 - Government greenlights councils’ ambitious zero carbon housing plans 01 Apr 2022 - Croydon ordered to hold May mayoral referendum 01 Apr 2022 - London chief takes on national vaccines role 01 Apr 2022 - Cost of living up despite Covid Christmas curbs 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-related deaths in care homes in England jump by 46% 01 Apr 2022 - Schools might not all reopen at the same time across England, suggests Dr Jenny Harries 01 Apr 2022 - Fears over coronavirus vaccine supplies as rate drops 01 Apr 2022 - £148m to target county lines drug gangs and treat addiction 01 Apr 2022 - Spelthorne commercial income allows council tax freeze 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury minister warns against tax rises 01 Apr 2022 - Brexit deal ‘could impact UK credit rating’ 01 Apr 2022 - Councils told to visit every supermarket as Covid enforcement ramps up 01 Apr 2022 - Casey accuses government of ‘systemic failure’ over no recourse to public funds 01 Apr 2022 - Return of free school meals voucher scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Babies’ needs overlooked in COVID response 01 Apr 2022 - Forget local government, the whole country needs a fair funding review 01 Apr 2022 - COVID-19 living standards hit ‘ahead, rather than behind us’, think tank warns 01 Apr 2022 - Former housing association chair named new MHCLG minister 01 Apr 2022 - £120m care staff funding branded ‘gesture politics’ 01 Apr 2022 - Call for inquiry into COVID’s 'devastating' impact on children 01 Apr 2022 - £269m given to local authorities for social care 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury in property tax rethink 01 Apr 2022 - Councils raked in £7.3m from rubbish-tip 'tax' last year amid fly-tipping fears 01 Apr 2022 - MPs call for Universal Credit cut to be scrapped - but majority of Tory MPs abstain 01 Apr 2022 - Fewer UK children 'school ready' after Covid nursery closures 01 Apr 2022 - One in four UK young people have felt 'unable to cope' in pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Call to prioritise minority ethnic groups for Covid vaccines 01 Apr 2022 - As many as six in 10 care home residents in England still awaiting Covid jab 01 Apr 2022 - Covid jabs diverted to over-80s in vaccination blackspots 01 Apr 2022 - London chief to leave after 17 years 01 Apr 2022 - £120m care staff funding branded ‘gesture politics’ 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick accused of starting ‘culture war’ with new statues law 01 Apr 2022 - Universal credit: Labour presses PM for action ahead of benefit vote 01 Apr 2022 - Green belt at risk from ‘wrong ideas about cities’ 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Far too many turned away’: Domestic abuse victims left with nowhere to go as services struggle in pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Make May elections in England more Covid-safe, Labour urges 01 Apr 2022 - Free fast broadband offered in UK to support home schooling 01 Apr 2022 - 24-hour vaccination sites to be piloted in London before end of January 01 Apr 2022 - Vaccination rollout begins for over-70s in England 01 Apr 2022 - Second Covid-19 lockdown hurts UK GDP 01 Apr 2022 - TfN’s budget cuts to ‘threaten levelling-up’ 01 Apr 2022 - Councils making the most cash from parking fines named 01 Apr 2022 - Low-paid shun Covid tests because the cost of self-isolating is too high 01 Apr 2022 - Councils losing tens of millions of pounds supporting businesses through pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - All over 18s could have vaccine by 'end of June' 01 Apr 2022 - Doctors told to throw away leftover Covid vaccines rather than giving second doses 01 Apr 2022 - UK to face delay in delivery of Pfizer Covid vaccine 01 Apr 2022 - UK shuts travel corridors and requires negative Covid tests to enter 01 Apr 2022 - School closures could wipe out a decade of progress for less privileged pupils 01 Apr 2022 - Public could force councils to sell off vacant land and buildings under proposed 'right to regenerate' law 01 Apr 2022 - UK population 'in biggest fall since Second World War' 01 Apr 2022 - Almost 200,000 patients now waiting at least a year for routine NHS operations 01 Apr 2022 - Regulator refuses to approve mass daily Covid testing at English schools 01 Apr 2022 - 'Shocking' care home Covid outbreaks at levels not seen since first peak 01 Apr 2022 - Marcus Rashford and top chefs demand free school meals review 01 Apr 2022 - Social care directors warn of 'exhausted' workforce 01 Apr 2022 - High Street chemists start vaccinations in England 01 Apr 2022 - NHS orders rapid acceleration of care home Covid vaccinations 01 Apr 2022 - Covid hospital patients can be discharged to care homes without a test, say guidelines sent to providers 01 Apr 2022 - 'High bar' for postponing local elections in England, MPs told 01 Apr 2022 - Schools in England may not reopen after February half-term, Boris Johnson suggests 01 Apr 2022 - Mental Health Act reforms aim to tackle high rate of black people sectioned 01 Apr 2022 - The mental health effects of Covid will last for a decade 01 Apr 2022 - Council disputes MP allegations on Covid-19 grants 01 Apr 2022 - Extra cash made available for self isolation support 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Dismay’ over continuing lack of detail on UKSPF 01 Apr 2022 - Council chiefs call for mental health services funding 01 Apr 2022 - Council chiefs call for restoration of local welfare funding 01 Apr 2022 - Tax reforms 'would raise more than wealth tax' 01 Apr 2022 - Khan proposes 9.5% rise in GLA precept 01 Apr 2022 - Coronavirus (COVID-19): emergency funding for local government in 2020 to 2021 and additional support in 2021 to 2022 01 Apr 2022 - Coronavirus (COVID-19): emergency funding for local government in 2020 to 2021 and additional support in 2021 to 2022 01 Apr 2022 - Labour’s constitution review would put local government on firm footing 01 Apr 2022 - LGA steps up lobbying over council tax and £2.3bn Covid funding gap 01 Apr 2022 - Enough children living in temporary housing to fill 450 primary schools 01 Apr 2022 - Free school meals: Minister demands 'urgent improvement' 01 Apr 2022 - Laptops for all pupils at only one in ten schools 01 Apr 2022 - Retail giants clamp down in bid to halt coronavirus growth 01 Apr 2022 - Hospital patients to be sent to hotels to free up beds for critical Covid-19 cases 01 Apr 2022 - High Court to hear four exit pay cap legal challenges 01 Apr 2022 - Starmer demands halt to ‘absurd’ council tax rises 01 Apr 2022 - Fears over resource implications of rapid community testing scale up 01 Apr 2022 - Council defies government by closing nurseries 01 Apr 2022 - Councils asked to 'redouble efforts' on rough sleeping 01 Apr 2022 - Councils should have key role in getting jabs to the vulnerable, says public health chief 01 Apr 2022 - Local authorities to roll out asymptomatic testing 01 Apr 2022 - Care home bosses ‘jumping ahead of elderly’ for Covid vaccine 01 Apr 2022 - New exercise restrictions in England 'under active consideration' 01 Apr 2022 - 2.6 million jabs given to 2.3 million people - but UK is warned vaccine 'not a free pass' to ignore rules 01 Apr 2022 - Government accused of side-lining millions in sugar tax revenue pledged for children’s health projects 01 Apr 2022 - More fines expected for lockdown breaches as home secretary warns of tighter enforcement 01 Apr 2022 - Vaccinations begin at seven mass jab centres which have opened today 01 Apr 2022 - Covid crisis will force councils to make ‘deep cuts’ to services to plug funding shortfall of up to £2.2bn 01 Apr 2022 - Test and trace needs radical overhaul to prevent further Covid surges in England – experts 01 Apr 2022 - Care homes at risk of being overwhelmed again as outbreaks triple 01 Apr 2022 - Protect family incomes, Starmer urges ministers Published1 hour ago 01 Apr 2022 - High turnout leaves schools struggling in lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Record number of small firms 'set to close' 01 Apr 2022 - Cladding flat owners told not to talk to press 01 Apr 2022 - Intervention threat over 'unwise' investments 01 Apr 2022 - Worcestershire Council aim to plug £26m gap 01 Apr 2022 - County may be forced to limit school places during lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - English schools struggle with demand for key worker places 01 Apr 2022 - People drank more alcohol, exercised less and ate less healthily during first lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Park services ‘need £500m funding boost’ 01 Apr 2022 - Property searches face delays from underfunded councils 01 Apr 2022 - Covid: arrivals to UK will need to show a negative test before entry 01 Apr 2022 - Eviction ban extended days before it was due to end 01 Apr 2022 - The Brexit deal: financial implications for local government 01 Apr 2022 - Council rejects social care precept rise 01 Apr 2022 - Closure of leisure centres to cost £7.25m in missed health savings 01 Apr 2022 - Sadiq Khan proposes 9.5% council tax increase 01 Apr 2022 - Spending watchdog highlights 'litany of failures' on superfast broadband 01 Apr 2022 - Union calls for nurseries to be closed during lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - No third section 114 for Croydon this year 01 Apr 2022 - Covid has exacerbated inequalities 01 Apr 2022 - Prime Minister commits to uplift in public sector jobs 01 Apr 2022 - OECD says public will not accept austerity post-Covid-19 01 Apr 2022 - Former CIPFA presidents receive New Year honours 01 Apr 2022 - Borrowing from PWLB jumps following rate cut 01 Apr 2022 - Major incidents over COVID declared 01 Apr 2022 - Call for ‘urgent clarity’ on elections 01 Apr 2022 - Councils grapple with multi-million pound budget deficits 01 Apr 2022 - Exit pay cap judicial review granted 01 Apr 2022 - Council backs calls for new national lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Leader of England’s largest council calls for Government to “act now” 01 Apr 2022 - High streets across England secure cash boost for regeneration 01 Apr 2022 - Councils resist pressure to reopen schools 01 Apr 2022 - New Year Honours awarded to local government workers 01 Apr 2022 - Pupils without laptops can still go to school in England lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Thousands of children sent to unregulated care homes amid Covid 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak’s business Covid support is a £4bn ‘sticking plaster’

2020

01 Apr 2022 - Whitehall urged to cut council workload as pressures hit crisis point 01 Apr 2022 - Schools in England 'will have less than a third of Covid costs met by government' 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick announces £310m to tackle homelessness 01 Apr 2022 - Councils’ core funding per resident set to drop below 2015-16 levels 01 Apr 2022 - Babies ‘largely invisible’ in pandemic response 01 Apr 2022 - Almost 40,000 retailers in UK in financial straits before tougher Covid rules 01 Apr 2022 - Offices share £481m rebate after interim business rates ruling 01 Apr 2022 - More than half of local authorities expect childcare providers to close when coronavirus support ends 01 Apr 2022 - 840,000 private tenants in England and Wales could be behind on rent 01 Apr 2022 - Schools in England 'will have less than a third of Covid costs met by government' 01 Apr 2022 - January school closures considered as fears grow over new Covid strain's spread among children 01 Apr 2022 - 1,500 lorries stuck in Kent as UK and France aim to restart freight 01 Apr 2022 - England set for New Year lockdown as coronavirus variant spreads across UK 01 Apr 2022 - Questions over settlement boost 01 Apr 2022 - Tory MPs pressure government to overhaul ‘regressive’ council tax 01 Apr 2022 - Government reduces New Homes Bonus 01 Apr 2022 - Teachers won't have to play role in coronavirus testing in schools, minister confirms 01 Apr 2022 - Families face council tax rise next year after local authorities given green light for hike 01 Apr 2022 - Redmond proposal for oversight body rejected 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak extends furlough and loans schemes to bolster economy 01 Apr 2022 - Calls to break down weekly vaccine figures by local authority 01 Apr 2022 - Kent reopens doors to UASC 01 Apr 2022 - Testing rolled out to areas at ‘significant risk’ of moving into Tier 3 01 Apr 2022 - Interim exit cap guidance allows relaxation on ‘compassionate’ grounds 01 Apr 2022 - DfE had ‘no idea’ of latest Covid surge in London schools clash 01 Apr 2022 - Revisions to algorithm and housing funding to shift focus away from south east 01 Apr 2022 - Government caught out ‘reshuffling old money into new pots’ 01 Apr 2022 - The year Covid-19 shook local government finances 01 Apr 2022 - Councils face extra data burden on commercial property 01 Apr 2022 - For the first time in its history UNICEF will help feed children in the UK 01 Apr 2022 - Less than half of UK population could be vaccinated in 2021, spending watchdog says 01 Apr 2022 - London councils defy government and offer schools option to close amid spiralling cases 01 Apr 2022 - Relaxation of UK Christmas rules 'unlikely to change' 01 Apr 2022 - Tory shires escape housebuilding bonanza after new U-turn from Robert Jenrick 01 Apr 2022 - Council finance officers nip £1.5m fraud in the bud 01 Apr 2022 - Leeds withdraws capitalisation application 01 Apr 2022 - Spelthorne commercial income set to rise despite Covid-19 01 Apr 2022 - Concerns as £100m fund for ailing leisure providers opens 01 Apr 2022 - Leaders wrestle with ‘cowardly’ 5% council tax expectation 01 Apr 2022 - Ministry to improve funding delivery 01 Apr 2022 - PSAA to consider 'whopping' 120% audit fee hike 01 Apr 2022 - Vaccinating entire UK population could take a year, scientists warn 01 Apr 2022 - Hospitality worst-hit as unemployment rises again 01 Apr 2022 - 'New variant' of coronavirus identified in UK, health secretary says 01 Apr 2022 - London to move into tier 3 as infections rise 01 Apr 2022 - Deaths of homeless hit new record in England and Wales 01 Apr 2022 - Government starts legal proceedings against council over school closures 01 Apr 2022 - Promise of UK care home visits is not being kept to, warns charity 01 Apr 2022 - Border improvements costs rise by £173m 01 Apr 2022 - UK economic growth continues to slow 01 Apr 2022 - Government to shake up taxes on sharing economy 01 Apr 2022 - CIPFA proposes sector-wide audit report 01 Apr 2022 - EU-UK trade deal still 'significant possibility' but 'won't come at any price', says Oliver Dowden 01 Apr 2022 - Pupils face mass testing as tier 3 Covid measures loom in London 01 Apr 2022 - Number of children adopted from care in England drops for fifth year running 01 Apr 2022 - Test And Trace Private Sector Call Handlers Worked Just 1% Of Their Paid Time 01 Apr 2022 - Backlash over government's overhaul of English planning system 01 Apr 2022 - England’s councils face austerity by stealth 01 Apr 2022 - Nearly 2m children in UK went short of food in 2020, report suggests 01 Apr 2022 - Stagecoach shares rise despite 90% drop in profits 01 Apr 2022 - Councils can’t afford to pay £500 self-isolation grant 01 Apr 2022 - One in ten councillors sign letter calling for rethink of planning reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Remote communities left isolated as councils cut support for buses and journeys fall by almost 100m in a decade 01 Apr 2022 - Liverpool mayor arrested in bribery probe 01 Apr 2022 - Leaked report warns of future section 114 notice 01 Apr 2022 - Up to 5% of councils risk ‘financial failure’ under hard Brexit 01 Apr 2022 - Regional recovery needs support to be tailored, says Lloyds 01 Apr 2022 - Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine could be airlifted to UK if Brexit trade talks collapse 01 Apr 2022 - First person receives Pfizer jab in UK 01 Apr 2022 - Library spending drops by £20m 01 Apr 2022 - Pandemic complications hit audit performance 01 Apr 2022 - Care home vaccinations to start 'within two weeks' 01 Apr 2022 - Doubts over ‘botched’ population data used to justify housebuilding 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak's cuts 'risk plunging more than 3 million into poverty' 01 Apr 2022 - Scrap rapid Covid tests in England's care homes, experts urge 01 Apr 2022 - UK aims to cut emissions by 68% by end of 2030 01 Apr 2022 - Care home staff front of line as vaccine shelved for hospital workers 01 Apr 2022 - Croydon issues second section 114 notice 01 Apr 2022 - Government accused of 'jumping gun' on England care home visits 01 Apr 2022 - Children missing from care ‘abandoned’ to county lines drug gangs 01 Apr 2022 - Extra measures 'to ensure fair exams next summer' 01 Apr 2022 - Shoppers return to stores under England's new tier system 01 Apr 2022 - 'Serious disruption' risk at Channel post-transition period 01 Apr 2022 - Welsh pubs and restaurants banned from selling alcohol and face 6pm curfew 01 Apr 2022 - UK food bank trust says half of users repaying universal credit debts 01 Apr 2022 - Generation of poorer children may never recover from ‘cruel blow’ of pandemic, warns children’s commissioner 01 Apr 2022 - NHS Covid-19 app to gain self-isolation payments 01 Apr 2022 - People who refuse to get vaccine could be denied entry to venues, minister suggests 01 Apr 2022 - Sheffield City Council warns care home providers not to use government's rapid tests over doubts about accuracy 01 Apr 2022 - Army cannot be drafted in for Covid testing across country, warns General 01 Apr 2022 - Mass Covid testing to be rolled out to local authorities in tier 3 01 Apr 2022 - MPs to vote on tougher tiers for England 01 Apr 2022 - Vulnerable children in lockdown 'national concern' 01 Apr 2022 - Public sector urged to be open about role in decision-making 01 Apr 2022 - [OPINION] Boris Johnson's 'mutant' planning algorithm could scar England for ever 01 Apr 2022 - Families condemn ‘imprisonment’ of care home residents 01 Apr 2022 - Inspectors moving between Covid-hit England care homes without tests 01 Apr 2022 - Vitamin D to be sent to three million clinically vulnerable people to help protect against Covid-19 01 Apr 2022 - UK's R number falls to lowest level since August as daily infections decline 01 Apr 2022 - Mass testing a 'distraction' from vaccine rollout - health leaders 01 Apr 2022 - Hospitals in England told to prepare for Covid vaccine rollout in 10 days' time 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson says measures will bring clarity 01 Apr 2022 - Small traders across the UK set to lose more than £1bn without Christmas markets 01 Apr 2022 - NHS to pilot 'game-changing' blood test that could detect 50 types of cancer 01 Apr 2022 - UK regulator to assess Oxford coronavirus vaccine in 'first step' towards roll-out 01 Apr 2022 - We must value and fund social care as much as the NHS 01 Apr 2022 - Don’t hug granny, Chris Whitty warns in plea for a cautious Christmas 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax could rise by up to 5% next April as ministers give green light for hikes 01 Apr 2022 - Social care funding falls 'alarmingly short' - council directors 01 Apr 2022 - Unpaid carers have saved the UK £135bn during the pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Greater spending power is far from what’s needed to restore budgets 01 Apr 2022 - DPHs ‘kicked in teeth’ by Sunak’s funding freeze 01 Apr 2022 - Reform of inflation measure will hit LGPS investment returns 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak recycles money for green transport 01 Apr 2022 - NHS receives £3bn funding boost 01 Apr 2022 - £2.9bn 'restart programme to help unemployed' 01 Apr 2022 - Infrastructure gets pride of place 01 Apr 2022 - UKSPF to reach £1.5bn a year 01 Apr 2022 - Chancellor warns of 'lasting' damage to UK economy 01 Apr 2022 - Caution urged over household mixing 01 Apr 2022 - Unemployed predicted to rise to 2.6 million 01 Apr 2022 - County to upgrade chief officer role to deal with post-pandemic challenges 01 Apr 2022 - DfE urged to announce plans for January student return amid Covid spike fears 01 Apr 2022 - Chancellor promises 4.5% spending power increase 01 Apr 2022 - Special educational needs support 'offered after exclusion' 01 Apr 2022 - [OPINION] By freezing pay and benefits, Sunak will be levelling down, not up 01 Apr 2022 - PM sets out 'tougher' post-lockdown tiers for England 01 Apr 2022 - NAO: 'Lack of transparency' over Covid-19 procurement 01 Apr 2022 - Brexit ‘could hurt fraud prevention’ 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-19 schemes' fraud risk 'considerable’ 01 Apr 2022 - Number of unemployed people in UK over 50 rises by third, figures suggest 01 Apr 2022 - Thousands could be sent to their deaths because of ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ orders imposed by care homes 01 Apr 2022 - End in sight for contact isolation as repeat testing trial gets under way 01 Apr 2022 - Education of poorest pupils in England and Wales 'suffers most during Covid isolation' 01 Apr 2022 - Covid fears prompt 38% rise in parents home educating 01 Apr 2022 - Oxford vaccine is up to 90% effective in preventing coronavirus, tests show 01 Apr 2022 - Christmas get-together plan backed by UK nations 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson to unveil post-English lockdown plans 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak says Spending Review will not spell austerity 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak to promise £150m extra spending on homelessness 01 Apr 2022 - Rough sleepers could be forced to stay out in the cold to avoid Covid, councils warn 01 Apr 2022 - Negative press forces council into borrowing strategy switch 01 Apr 2022 - The opportunities provided by the comprehensive spending review 01 Apr 2022 - Government borrowing record accompanied by huge interest fall 01 Apr 2022 - Call to expand £500 grant for Covid self-isolators 01 Apr 2022 - Strengthened tier system for England after lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak signals tax rises in spring 01 Apr 2022 - We’ll have to cut vital services without £4bn help, say England’s councils 01 Apr 2022 - Backlash over chancellor's 'cruel' expected public sector pay freeze 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdown working, insists Matt Hancock as cases start to flatten 01 Apr 2022 - Mass testing aims to cut quarantine for Covid contacts 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak to reform anti-Northern spending bias 01 Apr 2022 - House building plummets by a third with developers blaming local authority planning delays more than the pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - UK setting up vaccine centres ready for rollout 01 Apr 2022 - Thurrock forced to rethink MRP plan 01 Apr 2022 - Thurrock defends ‘potentially risky’ investment strategy 01 Apr 2022 - Outcry over public sector pay freeze rumours 01 Apr 2022 - Councils overwhelmed by asylum seekers as Home Office moves hundreds into hotels 01 Apr 2022 - NHS prepares dozens of Covid mass vaccination centres around England 01 Apr 2022 - Flu jab push as Covid vaccine roll-out planned 01 Apr 2022 - Priti Patel 'broke ministerial code with her behaviour towards staff' according to leaked bullying investigation and will get a written warning 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak mulls public sector pay freeze for millions 01 Apr 2022 - Apprentice redundancy numbers rise 01 Apr 2022 - Local authorities ‘braced for second wave of homelessness’ 01 Apr 2022 - UK care home bosses seek extra £500m for Christmas Covid measures 01 Apr 2022 - Quarter of UK home care operators face going bust 01 Apr 2022 - Sunak's cash pledge to head off revolt 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Mood music’ signals bleak prospects for tax loss compensation 01 Apr 2022 - Majority of UK teachers have worked in schools with homeless pupils, finds survey 01 Apr 2022 - Post-Grenfell social housing reforms unveiled 01 Apr 2022 - Coronavirus deaths in England and Wales rise 40% in a week 01 Apr 2022 - England's 'inadequate' tier system 'did not contain the spread of coronavirus', say doctors 01 Apr 2022 - Ban on new petrol and diesel cars in UK from 2030 under PM's green plan 01 Apr 2022 - Scottish council creates energy joint venture 01 Apr 2022 - Government set to provide social care reform update 01 Apr 2022 - Business rate retention for freeport councils 01 Apr 2022 - Large drop in council office need predicted 01 Apr 2022 - Sir Tony Redmond on local authority audit 01 Apr 2022 - LGA launches Croydon disciplinary probe 01 Apr 2022 - Asylum seekers forced to travel miles to sign on with Home Office during lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Councils risk killing off the high street after hiking parking charges to bring in extra cash 01 Apr 2022 - Liverpool mass-testing finds 700 cases with no symptoms 01 Apr 2022 - UK orders five million doses of new Moderna jab by spring next year 01 Apr 2022 - England tier system may need strengthening - government adviser 01 Apr 2022 - Bosses urge ministers to protect nursing centres against the crippling cost of legal claims... just like the NHS 01 Apr 2022 - Social housing landlords in England face checks on tenants' satisfaction 01 Apr 2022 - Waiting list for council homes in England ‘will double to 2 million’ 01 Apr 2022 - Do the right thing: How I issued a section 114 notice 01 Apr 2022 - UK emission targets won't be reached by 2050, think tank says 01 Apr 2022 - Older people more likely to break lockdown rules than young, ONS finds 01 Apr 2022 - Family of care home residents to get regular Covid tests to allow visits 01 Apr 2022 - R number for UK has fallen to between 1 and 1.2 01 Apr 2022 - Children more likely to be infected in second wave 01 Apr 2022 - Scientists warn of Christmas Covid surge if tier system returns 01 Apr 2022 - Local government must be able to lead shoulder-to-shoulder with NHS on COVID-19 vaccination drive 01 Apr 2022 - Governments urged to go beyond net zero climate targets 01 Apr 2022 - Local councils advised to push ahead with traffic reduction schemes 01 Apr 2022 - UK prepared for wrong sort of pandemic, says former chief medical officer 01 Apr 2022 - North West sees job ads surge while London lags 01 Apr 2022 - Retail footfall lowest since the spring 01 Apr 2022 - Learning disability death rates 'six times higher' 01 Apr 2022 - Hundreds of thousands of 'invisible' children falling through gaps, warn peers 01 Apr 2022 - Majority of county councils to make cuts next year 01 Apr 2022 - Government urged to consider capital gains tax rise 01 Apr 2022 - UK GDP increases by record 15.5% 01 Apr 2022 - Council investment strategy ‘deeply concerns’ opposition leader 01 Apr 2022 - Tory council leaders warn of severe cuts in England 01 Apr 2022 - Croydon Council bans new spending under Section 114 notice 01 Apr 2022 - Kickstart jobs scheme creates 19,000 work placements 01 Apr 2022 - York, Salford, Durham and Swale appoint to top job 01 Apr 2022 - LGA to push for devo ‘baseline’ without need for reorganisation 01 Apr 2022 - Towns fund selection process ‘risks civil service reputation’ 01 Apr 2022 - NHS urged to harness local government partners in vaccine rollout 01 Apr 2022 - TfL set to remain dependent on government support 01 Apr 2022 - Government to launch ‘green bond’ 01 Apr 2022 - Local authority capital receipts fall by 30% 01 Apr 2022 - PSAA proposes 25% increase in audit variation rates 01 Apr 2022 - Tories slammed for lack of progress on environment promises made nine years ago 01 Apr 2022 - £3.6bn struggling English towns fund 'not impartial', say MPs 01 Apr 2022 - Tory MPs form group to oppose future lockdowns 01 Apr 2022 - UK unemployment rate continues to surge 01 Apr 2022 - Government ponders simplified regional lockdown system 01 Apr 2022 - Northern England 'worst hit' by pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Mass testing for 67 local areas in England 01 Apr 2022 - NHS told to prepare for Covid mass vaccinations from December 1 01 Apr 2022 - Universities to oversee student exodus for Christmas 01 Apr 2022 - Children in care 'failed' while some providers 'make millions' 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson has “lost interest” in devolution of power in England, says Lord Heseltine 01 Apr 2022 - UK vaccines chief Kate Bingham expected to leave post at end of year 01 Apr 2022 - Adult day care centres denied access to ‘vital’ coronavirus testing 01 Apr 2022 - UK set to cut Covid self-isolation to 10 days after Cummings and Whitty row 01 Apr 2022 - NHS ready for Pfizer roll-out, says Matt Hancock 01 Apr 2022 - Thousands of rapid COVID-19 tests to be sent to local authorities this week 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson gives cautious welcome to COVID-19 vaccine news 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdown children forget how to use knife and fork 01 Apr 2022 - Tens of thousands made homeless despite UK ban on evictions during pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - EU and UK negotiators resume trade talks in London 01 Apr 2022 - Lack of ventilator supplies 'hit' disabled people 01 Apr 2022 - UK's nuclear future to be decided at key meeting 01 Apr 2022 - NSPCC warns of lockdown's toll on children's mental health 01 Apr 2022 - Number of people seeking help for suicidal thoughts has tripled since lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Nursing shortage warning as winter looms 01 Apr 2022 - Record weekly Covid cases in England but new infections 'stabilise' 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdown 'opportunity' to fix England's roads 01 Apr 2022 - Care home residents face postcode lottery over face-to-face visits 01 Apr 2022 - Liverpool testing trial sites doubled after queues on first day 01 Apr 2022 - Test and trace needs radical reform in England, health experts say 01 Apr 2022 - Rashford ‘proud’ after Government U-turn on free school meals at Christmas 01 Apr 2022 - Holyrood announces £15m for young people with mental health issues 01 Apr 2022 - Councils call for clear lockdown exit strategy 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick confirms rapid review into Nottingham City Council 01 Apr 2022 - Councils urged to appoint 'Food Champion' 01 Apr 2022 - Liverpool to pilot mass coronavirus testing 01 Apr 2022 - Brexit and Covid-19 set to hit HMRC balance sheet 01 Apr 2022 - Council to ‘fundamentally’ review services 01 Apr 2022 - LGPS records negative cashflow position 01 Apr 2022 - Rural homelessness doubles in past two years, campaigners warn 01 Apr 2022 - Reorganisation hopes renewed for counties 01 Apr 2022 - Surrey looks to future with £20m LED conversion 01 Apr 2022 - Cities issue stark finance warning 01 Apr 2022 - Calls to invest £240m in early years provision 01 Apr 2022 - Frustrated public health directors slam NHS Test & Trace 01 Apr 2022 - Keeping schools open could lead to longer lockdown, scientist warns 01 Apr 2022 - Sadiq Khan warns Londoners council tax could have to rise as TfL secures £1.8bn bailout 01 Apr 2022 - Homelessness charities call for second Everyone In scheme in England 01 Apr 2022 - Poorest pupils can enrol for catch-up tuition 01 Apr 2022 - Government urged to address Covid-19 backlogs 01 Apr 2022 - Covid job losses lead MPs to call for trials of universal basic income 01 Apr 2022 - Fears Covid could scupper EU trade deal talks 01 Apr 2022 - Who can go back on to furlough? 01 Apr 2022 - Growing numbers of 'newly hungry' forced to use UK food banks 01 Apr 2022 - English lockdown may last beyond 2 Dec, says Gove 01 Apr 2022 - IMF urges government to keep up pandemic spending 01 Apr 2022 - Council tax support bill to exceed funding 01 Apr 2022 - One in six childcare providers in England may close by Christmas 01 Apr 2022 - Most public sector audits by Grant Thornton fall below standard, watchdog finds 01 Apr 2022 - ONS finds 2m people still on furlough days before scheme ends 01 Apr 2022 - Increase public spending to tackle Covid second wave, IMF tells UK 01 Apr 2022 - Government won't cut 300,000 housing target - Robert Jenrick 01 Apr 2022 - Contacts reached by NHS test and trace system stays stuck at record low 01 Apr 2022 - West Yorkshire to go into tier 3 from Monday 01 Apr 2022 - Record demand for council tax support 01 Apr 2022 - Scottish GDP drops by 19.4% in second quarter 01 Apr 2022 - Spelthorne councillors seize greater investment oversight 01 Apr 2022 - Business rate appeals average ‘1,000 per day’ 01 Apr 2022 - Government to review Croydon governance 01 Apr 2022 - Minister attempts to clear up exit cap confusion 01 Apr 2022 - Nearly half of councils in Great Britain use algorithms to help make claims decisions 01 Apr 2022 - Marcus Rashford school meals petition passes 1m signatures 01 Apr 2022 - Planners will be able to build estates of 50 homes without setting aside any for affordable housing, charities warn 01 Apr 2022 - UK only buying enough vaccines to protect the most vulnerable 01 Apr 2022 - 10% of England's population could be tested for Covid-19 every week 01 Apr 2022 - Nearly 100,000 catching virus every day - study 01 Apr 2022 - Covid is blamed for 5.5% slump in bus passenger journeys to 4.07billion across England over 12 months, DfT data shows 01 Apr 2022 - Spelthorne councillors seize greater investment oversight 01 Apr 2022 - PM under pressure to toughen restrictions after highest death toll since May 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak says government has 'provided resources' 01 Apr 2022 - Post-furlough unemployment 'hits young and ethnic minorities' 01 Apr 2022 - toddlers from UK's poorest families 'hit hardest by lockdown' 01 Apr 2022 - Rural homelessness in England rises by 115% in past two years 01 Apr 2022 - Council accused of ‘corporate blindness' 01 Apr 2022 - Treasury faces legal warning on exit payments 01 Apr 2022 - Inquiry launched into local government finance 01 Apr 2022 - Council seeks approval on £12.5m housing scheme 01 Apr 2022 - Streamline local government under plans to save £30bn a year, think tank argues 01 Apr 2022 - Household recycling 'soared' during pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Councils urged to appoint chief foresight officers 01 Apr 2022 - New guidance to prevent care leavers becoming homeless 01 Apr 2022 - Councils forced to ‘prop up’ bus operators during pandemic 01 Apr 2022 - Without a ‘generous’ settlement the risk of section 114s looms large 01 Apr 2022 - Council apologises following ‘serious’ issues with its financial situation 01 Apr 2022 - The plight of the bus network outside London 01 Apr 2022 - £63m hardship fund was not meant to pay for free school meals 01 Apr 2022 - Cost of facemasks to rise as Treasury scraps VAT exemption on PPE 01 Apr 2022 - 14-day quarantine for Covid contacts could be reduced 01 Apr 2022 - Councils gain COVID enforcement powers 01 Apr 2022 - Unions pile on pressure over exit pay cap 01 Apr 2022 - Seven areas across England set to receive nearly £180m investment 01 Apr 2022 - High court condemns lack of provisions in UK for suicidal teenager 01 Apr 2022 - Clean air could have saved 6,000 lives from Covid, experts claim 01 Apr 2022 - Covid has thrived on racial discrimination, says Baroness Doreen Lawrence 01 Apr 2022 - Northern Tory MPs demand 'roadmap out of lockdown' in letter to Boris Johnson 01 Apr 2022 - Nottingham and surrounding areas to move into Tier 3 this week - council bosses 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson says councils can use money from fund which has already run out 01 Apr 2022 - What Covid-19 means for the future of local government 01 Apr 2022 - ‘If we don’t do something we’ll be blighted for years’ – one borough’s recovery plans 01 Apr 2022 - Nothing left of £63m for free school meals 01 Apr 2022 - Auditors issue public interest report over Croydon’s financial failures 01 Apr 2022 - Only six in ten pupils are getting full education despite schools reopening, report finds 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak’s new youth job scheme attacked as ‘sticking plaster’ that will fail to prevent mass unemployment 01 Apr 2022 - 'Generation Covid' hit hard by the pandemic, research reveals 01 Apr 2022 - Senior Conservative MP and Johnson ally calls for Dido Harding to be axed from Test and Trace role 01 Apr 2022 - NHS denies elderly people were refused care during early Covid 01 Apr 2022 - UK records 19,790 more COVID-19 cases and 151 further deaths 01 Apr 2022 - More cash for poorest as PM seeks end to school meals row 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-19 schemes' fraud ‘risk considerable’ 01 Apr 2022 - Brexit ‘could hurt fraud prevention’ 01 Apr 2022 - Returns show £900m drop in council reserves last year 01 Apr 2022 - Pandemic caused ‘incredible damage’ to social care 01 Apr 2022 - Councils to receive £100m leisure centre fund 01 Apr 2022 - One in six children aged 5-16 in England 'likely to have a mental disorder' 01 Apr 2022 - New government Covid scheme to pay up to half of wages 01 Apr 2022 - England and Wales begin tougher rules for millions 01 Apr 2022 - People told to self-isolate stopped from claiming £500 grant by flaw in contact tracing app 01 Apr 2022 - Furlough fraudsters 'may have stolen more than £3bn' 01 Apr 2022 - Hull and East Riding set out on path to form mayoral combined authority 01 Apr 2022 - Counties warn of test and trace ‘missed opportunity’ 01 Apr 2022 - Spending Review to conclude late November 01 Apr 2022 - Investment needed in data analysis skills, conference hears 01 Apr 2022 - NHS urged not to waste Covid-19 investment 01 Apr 2022 - Councils scoop £50m after VAT ruling 01 Apr 2022 - Johnson’s no-deal Brexit claim is a "delusion", says Hammond 01 Apr 2022 - Whiteman slams Plymouth's interest rate swap move 01 Apr 2022 - London the worst city in Europe for health costs from air pollution 01 Apr 2022 - Sadiq Khan condemns 'draconian' conditions of TfL rescue 01 Apr 2022 - UK borrowing jumps in September as Covid support continues 01 Apr 2022 - Pupils sent home in half of England's secondary schools 01 Apr 2022 - Carers 'on the brink' as they fear further Covid-19 restrictions during winter 01 Apr 2022 - Failure to act on Covid 'circuit breaker' will cost billions – Labour 01 Apr 2022 - UK posts highest daily COVID deaths since June and more than 21,000 new cases 01 Apr 2022 - Hancock defends 'fair' tier 3 offer for Greater Manchester 01 Apr 2022 - Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson at odds over spending after Covid hits public finances 01 Apr 2022 - Labour backs Marcus Rashford campaign 01 Apr 2022 - Coronavirus emergency has exposed huge gap between Westminster and local government before tier three fight 01 Apr 2022 - Teachers search for lost children of Covid 01 Apr 2022 - Traffic jams caused by badly designed cycle lanes put funding at risk 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson tells UK: prepare for a no-deal Brexit 01 Apr 2022 - Higher ethnic death risk 'not linked to health' 01 Apr 2022 - Police granted access to details of people told to self-isolate by Test and Trace 01 Apr 2022 - Lancashire Councils respond to Tier 3 restrictions 01 Apr 2022 - UK credit rating downgraded 01 Apr 2022 - UK facing 'tough' Christmas, Sage scientist warns 01 Apr 2022 - Fines for not isolating may stop people getting tested 01 Apr 2022 - SAGE expert says two-week lockdowns at breaks could disrupt coronavirus spread before vaccine is developed 01 Apr 2022 - Plastic to be saved from landfill by revolutionary recycling plants 01 Apr 2022 - Marcus Rashford vows to keep up free meals fight after No 10 refusal 01 Apr 2022 - Care home chain denies it will let staff work in multiple homes after furious families leaked letter hinting group would defy government rules 01 Apr 2022 - England's 'fragile' care sector needs immediate reform, says regulator 01 Apr 2022 - Five-person team gets £25k a day to work on Test and Trace system 01 Apr 2022 - London, Essex, York and other areas moving to Tier 2 01 Apr 2022 - Scottish Government allocates £52.6m for bus services 01 Apr 2022 - Welsh care IT system ‘late and over budget’ 01 Apr 2022 - City region launches £10m emergency Covid-19 fund 01 Apr 2022 - Manchester funding gap for 2021-22 could hit £135m 01 Apr 2022 - OECD says UK structural deficit ‘likely’ 01 Apr 2022 - What has gone wrong with England's Covid test-and-trace system? 01 Apr 2022 - Two-week circuit breaker 'may halve deaths', report says 01 Apr 2022 - New Covid lockdown would inflict terrible harm 01 Apr 2022 - Child poverty increases in England across the north and Midlands 01 Apr 2022 - IMF warns of long road to recovery 01 Apr 2022 - Care homes in England to name relatives as key workers to allow visits 01 Apr 2022 - Pressure grows on PM for half-term lockdown 01 Apr 2022 - Councils must abandon narrow-mindedness over who can adopt children 01 Apr 2022 - 'Gold' summit to discuss raising alert level for Greater Manchester and Lancashire 01 Apr 2022 - BoE writes to banks over negative rates readiness 01 Apr 2022 - Welsh auditor issues Covid-19 fraud warning 01 Apr 2022 - Tax rises needed to prevent ‘spiralling debt’ 01 Apr 2022 - IFS urges delay to cuts and tax rises 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick open to reorg election delay requests as he advocates unitary alternatives 01 Apr 2022 - Tax rises of more than £40bn a year 'all but inevitable' 01 Apr 2022 - Police in parts of Britain are 80 times more likely to hand out coronavirus penalties than others 01 Apr 2022 - Lockdown rules in high-risk areas may need to 'go even further', minister warns 01 Apr 2022 - Regional leaders criticise 'disappointing' Tier 2 restrictions 01 Apr 2022 - Sage scientists called for short lockdown weeks ago 01 Apr 2022 - Dorset Council braces for £43m overspend 01 Apr 2022 - Fears for Northants ‘managerial vacuum’ as officers seek early exit 01 Apr 2022 - AA highlights local road spend disparity 01 Apr 2022 - Tier-three Liverpool City Region to receive £8 per head funding 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick invites three counties to submit reorganisation proposals 01 Apr 2022 - MP refuses to resign after travelling hundreds of miles with coronavirus 01 Apr 2022 - How council cuts to public conveniences is keeping thousands of Britons stuck at home out of fear of being caught short 01 Apr 2022 - Doctors call for mandatory masks in offices and outdoors in new wish list 01 Apr 2022 - Councils could spend £1.7bn over budget by March as costs rise 01 Apr 2022 - Ministers to have veto on statue removals 01 Apr 2022 - Surge in number of UK children applying for free school meals 01 Apr 2022 - Shoppers aid growth but slowdown ahead, says report 01 Apr 2022 - Dire outlook as experts predict 1.5million people are set to lose their jobs before the end of the year 01 Apr 2022 - Mayors set to be given more test and trace powers 01 Apr 2022 - New local lockdown restrictions in England to be unveiled 01 Apr 2022 - UK GDP growth slows in August 01 Apr 2022 - Ratings agency issues warning over potential sector downgrade 01 Apr 2022 - Council denies investment strategy is unlawful 01 Apr 2022 - Aspects of welfare system ‘ripe for reform’ 01 Apr 2022 - New spending package allows council receipts to meet cost pressures. 01 Apr 2022 - Plymouth agrees interest rates swap 01 Apr 2022 - Full lockdown 'left country more vulnerable to another wave' of COVID-19, study suggests 01 Apr 2022 - New restrictions for parts of England likely next week 01 Apr 2022 - UK youth unemployment 'set to triple to 80s levels' 01 Apr 2022 - Minister moves to head off political rows 01 Apr 2022 - Frustration grows over testing access 01 Apr 2022 - Current and former Tory party chairs blamed for devolution turmoil 01 Apr 2022 - Government 'likely' to miss full fibre broadband 2025 target 01 Apr 2022 - Councils warning on plan to relax developer rules 01 Apr 2022 - Top scientists call for herd immunity approach - as government's 'soft touch' criticised 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson hints at new 'magic of averages' social care system 01 Apr 2022 - Welsh quarantine considered for UK coronavirus hotspots 01 Apr 2022 - Lords defy government over refugee children's right to family reunion 01 Apr 2022 - Tory MP accuses Housing Secretary of `shocking betrayal´ over cladding crisis 01 Apr 2022 - Renting 'torture' as charity calls social housing provision 'woefully inadequate' 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson to unveil plan to power all UK homes with wind by 2030 01 Apr 2022 - Boris Johnson to unveil plan to power all UK homes with wind by 2030 01 Apr 2022 - Commons rebellions expected at votes on curfew and rule of six 01 Apr 2022 - Nearly 500,000 redundancies planned since crisis began 01 Apr 2022 - New money for councils to help survivors 01 Apr 2022 - NHS staff struggle with burnout as they warn hospital bosses about looming second wave 01 Apr 2022 - Almost 8,000 missed COVID-19 cases still haven't had their contacts traced 01 Apr 2022 - Jenrick predicts November spending review date as ‘challenging period’ looms 01 Apr 2022 - Local contact tracing roll out gathers pace despite lack of funding 01 Apr 2022 - Care homes policies violated human rights, says Amnesty 01 Apr 2022 - ‘Exhausted’ teachers warn they have no additional funding to handle Covid-19 01 Apr 2022 - 'Winter of discontent' faces North, warns Andy Burnham 01 Apr 2022 - Less than half of the UK population could get vaccinated 01 Apr 2022 - Government launches £238m scheme for jobseekers 01 Apr 2022 - Leak reveals possible harsher three-tier England Covid plan 01 Apr 2022 - Things 'bumpy to Christmas and beyond' - PM 01 Apr 2022 - Confusion as exit cap voted through 01 Apr 2022 - Restrictions for England to be standardised into three tiers 01 Apr 2022 - Middlesbrough business mixing ban 'unacceptable' 01 Apr 2022 - Six areas added to England's COVID-19 watchlist 01 Apr 2022 - [Opinion] The government needs to invest £100bn in social infrastructure 01 Apr 2022 - North East devo deal back on the table 01 Apr 2022 - Call for more enforcement powers as Leese claims Covid restrictions ‘don’t work’ 01 Apr 2022 - Legalise e-scooters in UK as alternative to short car trips, MPs say 01 Apr 2022 - Housebuilding in Cotswolds and Cumbria will soar under reforms 01 Apr 2022 - Fly-tipping 'became more acceptable in lockdown', MP says 01 Apr 2022 - Comprehensive Spending Review 'should outline £10bn funding' for local authorities 01 Apr 2022 - Coronavirus: Restrictions for England to be standardised into three tiers 01 Apr 2022 - Up to 10 million Brits could need mental health support after the pandemic ends, charity says 01 Apr 2022 - Rise in pupils in England being home-schooled due to Covid fears, says Ofsted chief 01 Apr 2022 - More than a third of UK employers planning to make staff redundant 01 Apr 2022 - Covid-hit Merseyside economy 'may collapse without funding' 01 Apr 2022 - Growth in cases may be slowing in England 01 Apr 2022 - Extra £10bn needed to plug funding gap, say councils 01 Apr 2022 - Stockpile will see us through winter, says PPE tsar 01 Apr 2022 - Additional financial statement could lead to extra costs 01 Apr 2022 - Testing in care homes getting 'worse not better' as delays leave elderly at risk 01 Apr 2022 - Care home coronavirus outbreaks cast doubt on official PHE data