Mark Whitehead

Bus use falls to lowest level in a decade

25/09/2019

Councils have renewed calls to be given more say in how bus services are run after the latest figures showing the number of people using them at their lowest level for a decade.

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.

Whitehall announces £10m boost for coastal communities

20/09/2019

More multi-million pound projects to boost coastal communities have been given the go-ahead.

Council chiefs call for devolution process to be ‘reignited’

20/09/2019

The Government must 'reignite the devolution process' to give all parts of England more powers and funding, council leaders have demanded.

Smoking rates dropping at fastest rate in a decade

19/09/2019

The number of adult smokers fell by 2.2% in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures.

Ombudsman upholds two thirds of care complaints

19/09/2019

But despite this complaints about care have fallen and in the vast majority of cases his recommendations are carried out, council leaders say.

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.

Fair funding delay

17/09/2019

The delay to the fair funding review can only add to anxiety over the future of local government, says Mark Whitehead

Whitehall launches £30m fund to fight online ‘predators’

17/09/2019

The Government has announced a £30m fund to help tackle paedophiles operating online.

Councils accused of acting as 'recruiting sergeants' for drug gangs

17/09/2019

Lack of money and increasing demand have been blamed after an allegation that councils were unwittingly acting as 'recruiting sergeants' for drug gangs.

Whitehall launches £95m high street fund

16/09/2019

The high streets that will benefit from a £95m Government fund have been identified.

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.

£150m housing scheme to go ahead on former Toys R Us site

12/09/2019

Housing and new offices are set to go ahead on a former Toys R Us site in Southampton.

Social care advice ‘varies’ across Wales, watchdog says

12/09/2019

Standards of advice and help with social care vary from one council to another in Wales, according to the official watchdog.

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to public health workers, council chiefs say

11/09/2019

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to cover public health workers including health visitors and school nurses, the Local Government Association says.

Whitehall announces over £60m in flood defence funding

11/09/2019

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has announced £62m of funding to help protect communities from floods.

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.

Tower Hamlets appoints Sustrans for first wave of new school streets

06/09/2019

East London borough Tower Hamlets has launched a scheme to create 50 streets where traffic is diverted away from school gates.

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.

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Safeguarding shake-up

With local safeguarding children boards being abolished, Neil Merrick finds out what new arrangements councils are setting up in their local areas.
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This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

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