Politics and Policy

Whitehall ‘too slow’ in reforming fire safety rules after Grenfell

18/07/2019
The Government has been ‘far too slow’ in reforming the building and fire safety regime in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, MPs have said.

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Parents’ childcare bills set to double over summer

16/07/2019

Working parents could face a childcare bill of up to £800 during the summer holiday - more than double the cost of term time childcare, a children’s charity has warned.

Charity calls for help feeding children during the holidays

16/07/2019

The Trussell Trust is urging people to donate food to their local food bank to help support families with children during the summer holidays.

Council chiefs call for ‘adequate resources’ to tackle domestic abuse

16/07/2019

Local authority leaders have called for the ‘resources’ needed to fund early intervention services aimed at preventing domestic abuse.

Local government cuts forcing children to grow up in poverty, Labour say

15/07/2019

Millions of children are growing up in poverty because of Whitehall cuts to council funding, Labour says after research reveals extent of childhood poverty.

Cuadrilla plans second fracking well in Lancashire

12/07/2019

Fracking company Cuadrilla has announced it plans to drill a second well in Lancashire before its planning permission runs out in November. 

Rudd orders ‘evaluation’ of benefits for people with terminal illnesses

12/07/2019

Amber Rudd has asked the DWP to set up an 'honest and in depth evaluation' of how the benefits system supports people nearing the end of their life.

Council chiefs welcome move to ‘modernise’ housing inspection system

12/07/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed a move to review the system for inspecting private sector housing.

UC payment delays should be no more than a week, MPs say

11/07/2019

Two independent MPs have called for Universal Credit payments to begin within a week of registering for the benefit.

Council chiefs welcome review of youth services

11/07/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed a review of youth services announced by civil society minister Mims Davies.

Council drops plans to close ‘third of libraries’ after outcry

10/07/2019

Essex County Council has done a U-turn on its plan to close nearly a third of its libraries after a consultation received thousands of responses opposing it.

Austerity creating ‘crisis of childhood’, charity warns

09/07/2019

Funding cuts mean support has been diverted away from early help services into protecting children at immediate risk of harm, council leaders have warned.

Stop 'criminalisation' of children in care homes, council chiefs say

09/07/2019

More must be done to stop the 'criminalisation' of children in care homes, according to local government leaders.

Benefit freeze ‘fuelling’ homelessness

08/07/2019

The freeze on housing benefits is driving up homelessness in London, the capital’s boroughs have warned.

London boroughs warn refugee scheme ‘is not working’

08/07/2019

The Government scheme for distributing refugee children throughout the country is not working, according to London Councils.

Young people ‘fear for their future’, charity says

08/07/2019

Young people fear for their future and feel ignored by politicians, according to new report.

Calls for 'two clear actions' to cut road casualties

05/07/2019

A leading safety charity has called on ministers to set safety goals for the proposed major road network (MRN) of local authority roads and for over £500m to be spent across Great Britain to improve high risk routes.

LEPs ‘lack transparency’ despite receiving £12bn of Government funding

05/07/2019

The Government has ‘no real understanding’ of the impact which the Local Growth Fund has had on local economic growth despite investing £12bn of taxpayers’ money, MPs say.

Next PM told to invest £10bn in ‘mending broken childhoods’

04/07/2019

The next PM should put the billions they have promised for income and corporation tax cuts towards ‘mending broken childhoods’, says Children’s Commissioner.

Council chiefs call for devolution to rural communities after Brexit

04/07/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to devolve more powers to rural areas in the event that Britain leaves the European Union.

Councils 'failing' to prosecute rogue letting agents

04/07/2019

The association representing landlords has accused local authorities of failing to prosecute rogue letting agents.

Ash tree disease poses public safety risk in Wales, council chiefs say

01/07/2019

Local authorities have committed themselves to tackling a notorious ash tree disease that has spread across Wales.

Young people face ‘renting into retirement’, council chiefs warn

01/07/2019

Young people today are half as likely to get on the housing ladder than they were 20 years ago, local government leaders have revealed.

New fund to cover costs of children’s funerals

01/07/2019

Grieving families will no longer have to pay for their child’s burial or cremation under a new government scheme in England.

Grayling promises 'tougher penalties' for vehicle idling

01/07/2019

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has threaten drivers who leave their engine on while parked with ‘tougher penalties’ in an effort to reduce air pollution.

Watchdog warns of rapid rise in serious and organised crime

28/06/2019

An official report shows more investment is needed in local services to protect young people from the lure of gangs, council leaders have warned.

Fall in number of councils reducing carbon footprint

28/06/2019

The number of UK local authority areas reducing their carbon footprint is falling despite Parliament setting a new target for cutting emissions, according to a research and campaign group.

Waltham Forest named as Local Authority of the Year

26/06/2019

The London borough of Waltham Forest was last night named the Local Authority of the Year at a glittering ceremony attended by nearly 1,000 guests.

Housing association calls for an end to the 5-week wait for UC payments

26/06/2019

Housing association called for an end to the 5-week wait for Universal Credit payments after survey revealed two fifths of claimants forced to use food banks.

PM calls for new housing design laws

26/06/2019

The Prime Minister yesterday called for new design laws to ensure high-quality homes in a speech dismissed by Labour as a ‘lame duck announcement’.

£146bn building programme needed to end housing crisis, experts say

26/06/2019

A ten-year building programme costing £146bn is needed to end the housing crisis, experts have claimed.

Labour link funding cuts to homeless deaths

25/06/2019

Local government funding cuts are hitting areas with the highest levels of homeless deaths, according to a new Labour analysis.

Burnham jumps aboard franchising bus

24/06/2019

Andy Burnham has become the first mayor in the country to recommend bus franchising, as part of a plan to create a ‘modern public transport system’.

Scrap ‘busybody ASBOs’, campaigners say

21/06/2019

Campaigners are calling for Community Protection Notices (CPNs) to be scrapped or seriously modified, saying they have resulted in serious injustice.

Localism has led to ‘wide differences’ in fire service standards, inspectors warn

21/06/2019

A 'decade of localism' has led to wide differences in standards of fire services, inspectors have warned.

PM commits £600,000 to support suicide prevention plans

21/06/2019

The first ever review of local suicide prevention planning in England has revealed that some councils are struggling to deliver on their prevention plans.

Whitehall blasted for trying to solve homelessness ‘on a shoestring’

20/06/2019

An assessment of the state of homelessness prevention has criticised Whitehall for trying to solve the homelessness crisis ‘on a shoestring’.

Calls to scrap ‘draconian’ Vagrancy Act

19/06/2019

A new report has argued the 1824 Vagrancy Act, which makes rough sleeping and begging illegal in England and Wales, is ‘inhumane’ and should be scrapped.

Councils hit out at clean air zone delays

19/06/2019

The UK's two biggest local authorities have blamed the Government for delays to introducing the country's first clean air zones.

Households given two months 'breathing space' for problem debt

19/06/2019

People will be protected from the 'devastating impact' of problem debt in a new scheme announced by the Government.

Whitehall announces measures to support ‘vulnerable’ children in school

18/06/2019

The Department for Education has announced that it will ‘take forward’ changes to make it easier for vulnerable children to access school places.

Javid commits to resettling 5,000 refugees next year

18/06/2019

Sajid Javid has announced that the UK will resettle 5,000 more refugees under a new, expanded resettlement scheme that will come into force next year.

Councils urged to adopt new hedgehog traffic sign

17/06/2019

Transport secretary Chris Grayling today unveiled a new traffic sign which warns road users of hazards due to animals on the road.

Review launched into Blue Badge fraud

17/06/2019

A new task force to help councils tackle the fraudulent use of Blue Badges has been set up by the Government.

Hammersmith Bridge could take three years to repair

14/06/2019

The latest estimate is that Hammersmith Bridge could be closed to motor traffic for as long as three years.

MPs to investigate UK's regional imbalances

14/06/2019

A new inquiry into regional imbalances in the UK economy has been launched by the Treasury Committee.

Council to appeal 'town hall Pravdas' ruling

14/06/2019

Waltham Forest LBC will appeal after a judge backed Government attempts to stop it publishing a council newspaper every two weeks.

Grenfell Tower: Hundreds of high-rise buildings still have 'unsafe' cladding

14/06/2019

There are still 'huge challenges ahead' two years after the Grenfell Tower fire, according to the leader of the council where the disaster took place.

Whitehall approves 22 new free schools

14/06/2019

Bids to create 22 new free schools have been approved, education secretary Damien Hinds has announced.

Bus users outline plan to reverse rural decline

13/06/2019

A group representing bus users across the UK has published a 10-point plan to reverse the decline in rural services.

Town clerk jailed for defrauding council

13/06/2019

An assistant town clerk has been jailed for four years for stealing more than £200,000 from Rugeley Town Council.

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Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Children’s x4

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - 25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering new advocate team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Solicitor/Barrister Governance Principal Business Lead

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - £25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering legal team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Employment Solicitor/Barrister Advocate

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - £25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering new advocate team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Criminal

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - £25.68 per hour)
A fantastic opportunity to join an exciting, dynamic, pioneering new advocate team in Sandwell. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Transportation Planning Officer x2

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band F, SCP 26-31 (£29,636 – £33,799 per annum) (£15.36 - £17.52 per hour)
The post holders will be part of a team developing transport policy encompassing all modes of travel Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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