In the latest issue:
At least a fifth (20 per cent) of councils have felt a direct impact from China’s restrictions on imports of mixed paper and certain types of plastic over the last year.
Eight out of 10 retailers are breaking the law on underage knife sales in some areas, the LGA has found.
“Councils are struggling to meet the increased demand that children’s social care now faces”
The Government has announced a ban on combustible materials in external cladding systems, including the type used to refurbish Grenfell Tower, being used on buildings more than 18 metres high.
The number of children and young people being treated for Type 2 diabetes – normally only seen in adults and often linked to obesity – has soared by around 40 per cent in just four years, to more than 700 cases, the LGA has warned.
Analysis by the Fawcett Society has found that, in the centenary year of some women being able to vote in parliamentary elections, 97 per cent of councils remain male-dominated.