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Sixty Icon Council tax cap to rise to 5.99% in bid to tackle social care funding crisis
Social care service leaders branded the move “woefully inadequate”.
Belfast Telegraph - Posted 20/12/2017

Council tax cap to rise to almost 6 per cent in bid to tackle social care funding crisis, Sajid Javid says
Local authorities will be allowed to raise council tax by up to as much as 6 per cent next year.
London Evening Standard - Posted 20/12/2017

Council tax bills could rise by £100 a year as government relaxes cap
Councils will be able to raise tax by up to 5.99%, after further relaxation of cap to address shortfall in social care funding.
The Guardian - Posted 20/12/2017

Council tax bills in England may rise by up to 5.99%
The largest local authorities in England are to be allowed to raise council tax by up to 5.99% next year.
BBC - Posted 20/12/2017

Sixty Icon Nottingham City Council plans to axe 200 jobs by April 2019
About 200 jobs are set to go under Nottingham City Council's plans to save £27m by April 2019.
BBC - Posted 20/12/2017

Sixty Icon Government 'unacceptably complacent' in tackling homelessness
The government’s approach to homelessness has been “unacceptably complacent”, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned in a highly critical report published today.
Inside Housing - Posted 20/12/2017

MPs condemn 'abject failure' of homelessness policy
Public accounts committee says homelessness is a national crisis and DCLG has been unacceptably complacent.
The Guardian - Posted 20/12/2017

Commons committee accuses DCLG of ‘lack of urgency’ on homelessness
MPs say government departments are not working together effectively enough to address what is now a national crisis.
24 Housing - Posted 20/12/2017

Provisional local government finance settlement 2018 to 2019: statement
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government gives his statement on the local government finance settlement.
GOV.UK - Posted 19/12/2017

Sixty Icon Government sets out further measures to support councils to deliver services
The government has set out funding plans for councils in England so they can continue to deliver the services their residents need.
GOV.UK - Posted 19/12/2017

PDF: Housing for the many: Labour's review of social housing - Call for evidence
After eight years of failure, the Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis. Since 2010 housing has become less affordable and more insecure.
Labour - Posted 19/12/2017

Sixty Icon Labour launches social housing review call for evidence
Labour is seeking submissions from social housing professionals, as it launches a call for evidence as part of its social housing review.
Inside Housing - Posted 19/12/2017

Labour call for evidence to shape social housing review
Labour is encouraging all from housing to get involved in their review into social housing.
24 Housing - Posted 19/12/2017

Sixty Icon Government accused of ‘absence of empathy’ over Universal Credit
In questions in the Commons, DWP ministers have been under pressure over the welfare policy in the run up to Christmas.
24 Housing - Posted 19/12/2017

Jeremy Corbyn slams ‘poverty porn’ in TV shows like Benefits Street
Jeremy Corbyn has slammed ‘poverty porn’ in TV shows like Channel 4‘s Benefits Street. The Labour leader was taking part in a Q&A session after a screening of Dispossession at the Curzon Chelsea cinema with director Paul Sng.
The Canary - Posted 19/12/2017

Jeremy Corbyn calls for end to 'poverty porn' TV shows like Benefits Street
Labour leader accuses programme makers of 'demonising' working class communities.
The Independent - Posted 19/12/2017

Sixty Icon Grenfell Tower and building safety
Secretary of State's update to the House on the on-going response to June’s tragic fire at Grenfell Tower and the government's wider review of building safety.
GOV.UK - Posted 19/12/2017

Sixty Icon Northamptonshire council tax to increase by nearly 5%
Residents face a council tax rise of 4.98% as Northamptonshire County Council looks to make cuts of £34.3m.
BBC - Posted 18/12/2017

Sixty Icon England's councils may be doing well, or terribly. We have no way of knowing
How did a government committed to massive cuts in public spending casually get rid of the one body that could have appraised their impact?
The Guardian - Posted 18/12/2017

Sixty Icon Some benefits sanctions cases ‘where we got it wrong’, admits Cabinet minister
David Gauke stressed that people with mental health problems could be helped by the structure of being in work.
Belfast Telegraph - Posted 18/12/2017

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