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Counties demand greater role in creating local housing strategies

24.07.17: County councils have today called on the government to hand them a greater role in planning and development in order to tackle ‘nimbyism’ in local areas. The County Councils Network (CCN) said that residents, businesses and MPs... more >

Public sector borrowing soars by £2bn in one year, ONS finds

24.07.17: Borrowing in the public sector was £2bn higher in June than it was at the same time last year, figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown. Net borrowing went up by £1.9bn up to £22.8bn in the c... more >

Councils having to house over 900 homeless children every month

24.07.17: Councils are currently having to find homes for the equivalent of a secondary school’s worth of homeless children every month, shocking new figures have revealed. The LGA has warned that local authorities are providing temporary housi... more >

Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21.07.17: The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog has this week warned. Findings from Which? stated that major changes are needed to improve the... more >

Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21.07.17: A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK and Scottish governments. The deal was signed by first secretary of state and minister for the... more >

Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

21.07.17: A London council has this week celebrated a landmark judgement which could see it recover up to £1.3m in regulatory and enforcement costs. Westminster City Council has been embroiled in a lengthy legal battle with Simply Pleasures Ltd... more >

Half of people in care at home have ‘unmet needs’

20.07.17: Over half of older people receiving care at home have unmet needs, a report from a key think tank and a number of social care organisations has today found. Funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research and conducted by Ipsos MORI in p... more >

Leeds gives green light to eco-friendly energy system for 22,000 homes

20.07.17: Leeds City Council has this week backed plans to introduce a major new scheme to provide residents with low cost, more environmentally-friendly energy. At a meeting on Monday, councillors endorsed plans to create a “district heating n... more >

LG mutual mooted to reduce £650m a year council insurance costs

20.07.17: The Local Government Association (LGA) has today announced that it is “exploring options” to set up a local government mutual to reduce the huge amounts that councils currently spend on insurance. The mutual would support author... more >

Councils join call for immediate review of building regulations after Grenfell fire

19.07.17: Councils have today joined other organisations in calling on the government to launch an “urgent and immediate” review of building regulations following the Grenfell Tower disaster. It follows a number of safety organisations, i... more >

LGO: Poor social care practice letting down vulnerable adults

19.07.17: Care providers are not going through proper processes, forcing vulnerable people into situations against their will, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has today revealed. In a new report, ‘The Right to Decide’, the... more >

CCN calls for ‘new deal’ on devolving powers to counties

19.07.17: County councils have today called for a “new deal” to reshape the government’s relationship with rural England and grant a greater devolution of powers to these areas. Releasing its blueprint for the next five years ca... more >

Review of Senior Civil Service pay not possible within ‘straitjacket’ of 1% pay cap

18.07.17: A union has today called for an end to the 1% public sector pay “straitjacket” to end, warning that the government’s review of Senior Civil Service pay will only have an impact if this happens. It follows ministers respond... more >

Sheffield devo hits latest setback as plans are put on hold until September

18.07.17: A decision on Sheffield City Region’s devolution deal will be put on hold until September, the authority has today announced. The action was taken as leaders from Barnsley and Doncaster said they wanted to consider their position and... more >

LGA launches scheme to help councils fix housing problems

18.07.17: The LGA has today unveiled a new scheme to support councils with solving local housing problems called the Housing Advisers Programme. The programme pays for an independent expert who will help local authorities deliver specific projects to... more >

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15/06/2017Challenges remain

As PSE went to press, we were days away from finding out which political party or parties would be leading the country following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election for 8 June.  Whoever enters the door at No.10, irrelevant of their political colour, is faced with serious challenges, from social care to the NHS, housing to the economy, and, of course, the all-consuming and imminent Brexit negotiations which will have ramifications for generations to... read more >