THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT Pension Scheme deficit fell by £9.6bn between 2013 and 2016 to £37.2bn, according to its latest valuation report.

PEOPLE over 80 who struggle with daily tasks such as washing and getting dressed are being “abandoned” by the care system, with one in three struggling with essential tasks and more than half of those with substantial difficulties receiving no help at all, a charity has warned.

LOCAL ROADS are on a “knife-edge”, the RAC has warned, after its patrols saw a 63 per cent increase in breakdowns due to pothole-related damage.

CARE HOMES are being sustained by private residents paying for their own support but the pressure on cash-strapped councils could result in a capacity crisis, a new report has warned.

The first participants in a scheme to help homeless people out of hostels and into a job and a proper home are already working, but that’s all part of the plan – to provide encouragement for people to find employment.

METRO MAYOR Andy Burnham has put his money where his mouth is, donating 15% of his salary to kickstart a new fund intended to tackle homelessness in Greater Manchester.

ELECTIONS for the first metro mayors have produced a landslide win for Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester, a Labour victory in Liverpool and a surprise victory for the Conservatives in Tees Valley.

SOCIAL CARE cuts since 2009-10 could be fully reversed by 2019-20 if councils make full use of available funds, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said.

METRO MAYORS must unite with London’s Sadiq Khan to demand fresh devolved powers from whoever forms the next government, a think tank has argued.

CONSERVATIVE Tim Bowles has become the first elected metro mayor after a run-off in the West of England.