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Right to Buy contributes to the lack of affordable homes

Right to Buy contributes to the lack of affordable homes

The Conservative’s Right to Buy policy has been blamed for the shortage of affordable housing, as councils spend millions replacing property
Community-led services gain government cash boost

Community-led services gain government cash boost

The Department for Communities and Local Government has revealed a multi-million pound cash boost for community-led services
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Solar devices benefit social housing in Scotland

Improving energy efficiency in social housing can be achieved with solar devices. PassivSystems outlines how this technology can be utilised by councils
The transformation of local authority leisure facilities

The transformation of local authority leisure facilities

Over the past decade local authority leisure facilities have revolutionised how they operate. Here, Cheryl Hersey, of Action PR Ltd explains
Flood prevention in Oxfordshire receives £6.8m funding

Flood prevention in Oxfordshire receives £6.8m funding

Oxfordshire County Council revealed it has spent more than £6.8m funding on flood prevention over the past 10 years
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New tool to project Wales’ greenhouse gas emissions up to 2050

Cardiff University and BRE are developing a tool to forecast Wales' greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years and inform policies to reduce them Together with BRE, the building science centre, academics from Cardiff University are developing an emissions forecasting tool on behalf of Welsh Government. It will be used...
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Temporary accommodation is costing councils £2 million a day

The housing shortage is forcing councils to spend more than £2 million a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families, LGA analysis has revealed Government is being urged to use the Spring Budget to free councils from borrowing constraints that hamper their ability to build new homes, and to adapt...
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Gateshead District Energy Centre to cut local bills

Low cost, low carbon electricity and heating is set to cut bills for locals as the council-funded Gateshead District Energy Centre opens today The pioneering Gateshead District Energy Centre is set to cut energy bills and carbon emissions for local homes and businesses. Minister for Industry and Energy Jesse Norman...
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East Hampshire cuts council tax for second year running

East Hampshire District Council has once again set itself apart from other local authorities up and down the country by cutting council tax bills Yes, you read that right: For the second consecutive year, East Hampshire District Council is cutting council tax rates. Following a 2% reduction last year, the...
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Smart parking and traffic management tech get £4m boost

Roads Minister announces £4 million in project funding for smart parking, traffic management and charging point availability technology across England The government is awarding £4 million in funding for technologies designed to cut congestion, improve access to electric vehicle charging, and speed up road journeys. Apps which give motorists advance notice...
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Oxford guarantees landlords rent for homeless risk tenants

Oxford City Council has launched a new scheme designed to guarantee rents to private landlords letting to tenants at risk of homelessness A rent guarantee scheme has been launched this week by Oxford City Council, offering guaranteed rent and various other benefits to landlords who let their properties to tenants...
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Three essential steps on the way to integrated health and social care

Mark Raeburn, Managing Director of Capita One, shares three points local authorities should be aware of in their approach to integrated health and social care The debate about how best to bring the NHS and local social services together is not new. Indeed, the issue has occupied the minds of...
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Council tax rises won’t fix local government funding crisis: LGA

The Local Government Association warns that cuts to other services are inevitable as council tax rises will fail to plug the adult social care funding gap Council tax rises from this April will not raise enough to avoid more deep cuts to local services next year, the Local Government Association...
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Council boycotts of Israeli goods will become illegal

The UK government plans to make local council boycotts of countries and companies – particularly Israel – illegal, in new measures announced this week Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has unveiled plans to prevent council boycotts of companies and countries, unless they fall in line with central government policy. The move aims...
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East Sussex approves plans to spend £365 million on services

Plans to spend £365 million on vital services and impose a 3% adult social care levy received backing from East Sussex County Council members this week East Sussex County Council’s 2017/2018 budget will see £365 million allocated to vital services for residents, but it also includes a 3% levy to...
swindon solar park to power recycling plant

Swindon solar park to power household waste recycling centre

A new Swindon solar park will generate income for the Borough Council as well as fuelling its ambitious renewable energy targets Building work has started at Barnfield Solar Park, Swindon, which will be connected directly to the town’s household waste recycling centre. The solar farm is set to save considerable...
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Making personal budgets dementia friendly

A sea change is needed among local authorities to make personal budgets dementia friendly, argues George McNamara of the Alzheimer’s Society People with dementia and their families tell us of the very real impact personal budgets have had on their lives – from the 85 year old woman who returned...
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East Kent super council merger could see the loss of 150 jobs

Plans to create a new East Kent super council could led to 150 jobs losses, but could see saving of £6.8m in the first two years
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Nottinghamshire County Council reopens £6m growth fund

Businesses have been invited to bid for a share of a £6m growth fund to expand their operations when the council reopens it next week
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Beside the seaside: Cash to breathe new life into British coast

Communities up and down the British coast are set to benefit from a new wave of government investment aimed at boosting seaside tourism, housing and jobs The government will provide a cash boost for seaside areas with the creation of 28 new Coastal Community Teams along the British coast. The teams...

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