UK Councils

Parents Warned About Shortage Of Secondary School Places On National Offer Day

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Parents

Children across England are learning what secondary school they will be attending from September 2016 today (Tuesday 1 March). Although this is a ...

Prevent, Reduce, Delay: Are Councils Meeting Their New Duties to Support Unpaid Carers?

Moira Fraser | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Moira Fraser

Imagine you're an unpaid carer. You look after a family member. You cook for them, clean their house, do the washing, and look after the finances. Done all that? Now repeat - only for yourself. In between those tasks you go out to work to pay the bills, make sure your children are ferried to and from school, and, occasionally, catch some shut eye.

Get The Grumpy Unfriendly Library Staff Out! (... For Our Children's Sake!)

J.N. Paquet | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Nothing does or will ever justify public library cuts and school library cuts. Library cuts are unacceptable in the twenty-first century, in a modern country like Britain, and they should simply be made unlawful!

Lucy Sherriff

This Teen Has Made A Website Which Will Fight Your Parking Ticket Fines For You | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Parking tickets. They're the bane of humanity's existence, the last straw for even the most zen of beings. So what if we told you there was a way of f...

Some People Think Banning Smoking Here Is A Bad Idea

The Huffington Post UK/ Press Association | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

One of the UK's biggest and most famed seaside resorts could see its beach subject to a new smoking ban, under plans being considered by councillors o...

Freedom of Choice?

Dan Corry | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Last month's Budget suggested that George Osborne has softened on the overall spending squeeze by the end of the next Parliament, but he still indicated more cuts for local government over the next few years. And things would be unlikely to be significantly easier should the General Election lead to a government of a different colour.

Homeless and Alone: Teenagers Are Being Let Down

Matthew Reed | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Matthew Reed

Our shocking findings show that an estimated 12,000 16 and 17-year-olds - enough to fill Wembley arena - have asked their council for help in finding a new home for them. But more than half are turned away without even being assessed.

A Functionary's Meddling Is Never Done

Nick Abbot | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Nick Abbot

Modern life is rubbish. Actually, modern life is sorting rubbish. And then paying someone to take it away. This is on top of your council tax, which you thought covered that, but doesn't...

Ban On Frilly Socks And Baby Chicks: Minister Ridicules Health And Safety Excuses

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK

Jobsworths at schools and councils have been using health and safety excuses to enforce ridiculous bans, including one on frilly socks and another on ...

How Much Did Councils Spend On Going To Cannes?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics

Many council officials enjoyed a sun-kissed March as they attended the MIPIM Property Conference in Cannes, the most exclusive spot on the French Rivi...

'Dickensian' Call To Clamp Down On Begging At Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK

Ministers are being urged to impose stricter laws around begging, to stop what they call "professionalised, aggressive begging", in a controversial le...

Lollipop Man Quits After He's Told To Stop High-Fiving Kids

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK

A lollipop man has quit his post after apparently being censured by council bosses for high-fiving school children. Bob Slade, a crossing patrol su...

Wondered Why You've Been Getting Junk Mail?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Councils have been accused of cashing in on people's names and addresses - leading to a mountain of junk mail. More than 300 local authorities sold...

Eric Pickles Attacks Councils Putting Motorists Off High Streets

The Daily Telegraph | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics

Eric Pickles has hit out at councils over the “anti-car dogma” that he warns is contributing to the death of Britain’s traditional high streets....

Trees, Thoroughfares and a Total Lack of Communication

Neil Jeffery | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Jeffery

You've heard of Hereford, haven't you? No, it is not a place that possesses some Brigadoon-esque existence, appearing every 200 years. Hereford is one...

Bins Laden: Council's Plans To Limit Rubbish To Two Bags Per Fortnight

Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK

Plans to limit the amount of rubbish to be collected to two sacks per fortnight have provoked anger in Wales, with over 1000 people signing a petition...

Health And Safety Fears Spark Plant Pot Ban

PA | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK

Gardeners who won council awards for sprucing up their pedestrianised street said they have been asked to remove hundreds of pots because of health an...

Tenancy Fraud Costing Councils £845m

PA | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK

Social housing providers could save millions of pounds by targeting tenancy fraud, according to a new study. Figures released last week show that i...

Bedroom Tax Sees Thousands More Claiming Money From Council

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK

The introduction of bedroom tax has seen the number of people claiming extra handouts from councils to meet housing costs soar, figures have revealed....

BNP Down To Two Councillors After Losing Last County Council Seat

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Politics

The British National Party has lost its final county council seat, leaving Nick Griffin's party on just two councillors in the country. The far-rig...

Tackling the Big Four Issues on 2 May

Natalie Bennett | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Voters on 2 May will be making important choices about the direction of local communities and entire counties in the next four years; county and unitary councils have a big influences on social services, in housing and planning, transport and waste management, education and more

Millions Face Council Tax Hike Of £138 From April

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK

Around 2.4 million poor families face an average hike in their council tax bills of £138 next week, according to an anti-poverty charity. Cuts to ...

David Cameron's 'Sexist Public Toilets' Slammed

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 02.03.2013 | UK Politics

A town in David Cameron's constituency is accused of having the most sexist public loos policy in Britain, forcing women to shell out 10p to spend a p...

Do Roller Shutters Illicit a Negative Vibe in the Retail Community?

Daley James Francis | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Politics
Daley James Francis

If you're living in an area with a high rate of crime, shouldn't you instantly be in the right to protect yourself the best way you can?

Tories Accused Of 'Massive Own Goal' Over Councillor Allowances

PA | Posted 10.01.2013 | UK Politics

A political row erupted on Thursday after MPs suggested that increasing town hall allowances could help attract more "capable" local councillors. C...