Politics and Policy

Councils call for new taskforce to tackle climate change

25/09/2019
Council leaders have proposed setting up a national taskforce with Whitehall departments to tackle climate change.

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Holyrood launches review of additional support provision in schools

23/09/2019

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

Minister confirms creation of Northamptonshire unitary authorities

23/09/2019

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

Housing crisis affecting 8.4m people in England

23/09/2019

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

New financial model needed for national parks, review says

23/09/2019

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

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

23/09/2019

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

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

20/09/2019

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

Named person scheme dropped

20/09/2019

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

Universal Credit drives food bank use, charity says

19/09/2019

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

DfE drive to check council readiness for Brexit

19/09/2019

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

Councils ‘best placed’ to understand digital needs of local areas

18/09/2019

The Local Government Association says councils have a central role to play in making sure people in rural areas have access to the fastest broadband services.

First domestic abuse commissioner appointed

18/09/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed the appointment of the first commissioner responsible for tackling domestic abuse.

Casey calls for support to tackle homelessness

16/09/2019

Homelessness expert Dame Louise Casey has issued a call to arms to tackle the rising tide of homelessness around the world.

Woodland clearances for HS2 temporarily halted

16/09/2019

The Government has called a temporary and conditional halt to the removal of ancient woodlands for HS2 while the high speed train programme is reviewed.

Councils urged to adopt working definition of antisemitism

16/09/2019

Communities Secretary has said he will write to councils demanding they adopt a working definition of antisemitism ‘as a matter of urgency’.

Council chiefs call for control over bus services

16/09/2019

Councils must be allowed to control bus services in their areas, according to local government leaders.

Think tank reveals outsourcing’s ‘mixed’ record

16/09/2019

Outsourcing services has delivered savings to citizens, although politicians have ‘consistently overstated’ the extent of these savings, think tank says.

'Cracks' starting to show in electoral system

16/09/2019

Election administrators have warned of ‘cracks’ beginning to show in the electoral system with the prospect of another poll on the horizon.

Government to reintroduce Domestic Abuse Bill

13/09/2019

The prime minister has confirmed that his Government will reintroduce a Bill to help tackle the ‘horrific crime’ of domestic abuse.

Leaders in the North tell PM to back ‘genuine devolution’

13/09/2019

Northern leaders called on the prime minister to ‘stand on the side of genuine devolution’ as Mr Johnson pledged to give more power to people and businesses in the North.

Funding boost for councils to crack down on illegal green belt development

13/09/2019

Councils will receive nearly £2m to help tackle illegal development on the green belt.

A household became homeless ‘every four minutes’ last year, figures reveal

12/09/2019

The new Government figures on homelessness in England have revealed the impact of the housing crisis on young people and families.

Council criticised after SEN child left without education for over a year

12/09/2019

Worcestershire CC complaints policy has been criticised after a boy with special educational needs was left without appropriate education for 14 months.

Welsh council leader makes May’s outgoing honours list

10/09/2019

The leader of Newport City Council, Debbie Wilcox, is to become a peer under Theresa May’s Resignation Honours List.

PM announces new wave of free school applications

10/09/2019

The Government has announced the latest round of applications for the controversial free schools programme in an effort to ‘drive up education standards’.

High Court overturns Highworth election result

09/09/2019

Swindon Borough Council has welcomed a High Court decision to overturn an election which saw the wrong candidate elected as a councillor.

TfL to roll out 20mph limits in central London

09/09/2019

Transport for London (TfL) is set to take forward plans to lower speed limits on its roads across central London.

MPs call for a ban on pavement parking

09/09/2019

The Government should introduce an outright ban on pavement parking across England, MPs have said today in a new report.

Whitehall to review support for children with special educational needs

06/09/2019

The Government has announced a major review into the support offered to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Think tank calls for councils to have powers over immigration post-Brexit

06/09/2019

Councils should be given powers after Brexit to issue visas to foreign workers based on their assessment of local need, according to think tank Localis.

Review into sprinklers in high-rise homes

06/09/2019

The Government has announced plans to reduce the height of tower blocks where sprinklers must be installed.

Waste strategy places 'needless burden' on councils, MPs warn

05/09/2019

The waste strategy proposed by the Government has come under fire from MPs amid concerns about the burden it could impose upon local authorities.

Approval given for Jaguar Land Rover's ‘logistics campus’

05/09/2019

Planners have given the go-ahead for a new distribution centre in the East Midlands.

Government warned resilience forums could be stretched

04/09/2019

Local resilience forums (LRFs) would be stretched if Brexit forced them into 24/7 operations over an extended period, the Government has been warned in a report leaked to The MJ.

Council pension fund calls on housebuilders to improve transparency

04/09/2019

One of the biggest local government pension funds has called on housebuilding companies to improve the way they report environmental, social and governance issues.

MPs call for more use of Warm Mix Asphalt on highways projects

03/09/2019

Highway authorities could be saving millions and reducing CO2 emissions if they switched to warm mix asphalts on road construction and maintenance, MPs have said.

Council leaders calls for green light on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail

03/09/2019

Council leaders have joined a new campaign to ensure the Government goes ahead with HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

New measures to improve underperforming schools

02/09/2019

A new specialist academy trust to take on and turn around the most challenging schools will be launched by the Government.

Lawyers warn 100 local authorities over climate change plans

02/09/2019

Environmental lawyers have threatened legal action against 100 local authorities across England unless they introduce new climate change plans.

Welsh ministers call for ‘end of austerity’

30/08/2019

Local government leaders across Wales have joined with ministers to call for an end to austerity.

Six men found guilty of child abuse in Rotherham

29/08/2019

Six men have been convicted of child sexual abuse offences as part of the ongoing investigation into the exploitation of vulnerable teenagers in Rotherham.

Councils call for incentives to help schools support children with special needs

29/08/2019

Mainstream schools should be incentivised to accept more children with special needs, council leaders have said today.

Northern leaders to review controversial HS2 scheme

27/08/2019

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership will hold a review into HS2 to ensure the North is ‘properly heard’ in the Government-commissioned review of the scheme.

Council leaders call for Right to Buy reforms

27/08/2019

Councils have urged the Government to reform the Right to Buy scheme in next month's Spending Round.

Council chiefs warn of ‘looming’ school places crisis

27/08/2019

Council leaders have called on the Government to give them more powers to open maintained schools to help avoid an impending secondary school place shortage.

Universal Credit driving tenants into rent arrears, study says

23/08/2019

Universal Credit is causing tenants to fall behind in their rent, new research from a group representing landlords has revealed.

Councils accused of ‘restricting’ retail to residential conversions

23/08/2019

Local authorities are preventing developers from converting retail space into residential property because of scepticism over ‘Permitted Development Rights’, a private wealth law firm says.

Give councils powers to help young people into work, council chiefs say

23/08/2019

Council chiefs have called for more powers to help young people into work as figures reveal a dramatic increase in the number of young people not in education, employment or training.

Man admits sending anthrax hoax to councillors and MPs

23/08/2019

A man has pleaded guilty to sending fake anthrax to female councillor and MPs over a period of three years.

Whitehall carbon emission target ‘undeliverable’, MPs warn

22/08/2019

MPs have warned the Government that there are no policies in place to deliver the net-zero carbons emissions target by 2050.

Court upholds abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’

22/08/2019

The Court of Appeal has upheld Ealing Council’s protest-free ‘buffer zone’ which is located outside of an abortion clinic in the London borough.

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