The pressure of being a carer has forced three out of four of them to “breaking point”, according to a poll carried out by a partnership of 10 UK care charities ahead of this week’s Carers Week
More than 100,000 families have been hit by higher “stealth” council tax bills because their properties have been improved or extended. These have been attacked as a tax on home owners who want to better their properties and neighbourhood.
Only a radical overhaul of the current funding system will help to recover an overcentralised country, and the main political parties need the courage to take steps to make local government independent again
English councils spending rose by £10bn to £154bn in 2007-08, according to a National Statistics publication. The annual Local Government Financial Statistics showed three-fifths of gross income in 2007-08 came from central government, a fifth of it from redistributed non-domestic rates
Confusion over the failings of the current social care system and a reluctance to look after elderly relatives could hamper public debate on the governments impending Green Paper, a survey has warned
Local government minister John Healey has warned councils to get a grip on the number of councillors receiving additional allowances. He added that there was no evidence of abuse however.
Four of Britains biggest city councils have called on the government to introduce a revolutionary scheme that would let them raise billions of pounds for regeneration schemes on the back of future tax revenue.
An increasing number of independent care homes for the elderly are being closed because of the recession.
Alistair Darling bowed to pressure last night and cut the planned 5 per cent rise in business rates that was threatening to cripple many small firms.
Two police authorities face being capped after setting excessive council tax increases well above the average 3 per cent rise for England, the Government announced last night.