We live on an island, a small island, with a finite amount of land and space. So it makes social, environmental and economic sense for most new development to re-use and recycle land that has already been developed, in areas where infrastructure and services are in place or can easily be provided.
Councils should be able to charge residents a local income tax to meet rising social care costs and drive further devolution, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said.
Children’s health would be better protected if money raised from the soft drinks levy was spent on local priorities, such as playgrounds, activities and after-school clubs to combat child obesity, the LGA has said.
There’s no escaping the national political turmoil over Brexit, even for local council by-elections.