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Our society has lost control of housing – here's how to get it back

Our society has lost control of housing – here's how to get it back

The housing market works for neither renters nor homeowners, but community-led schemes and keeping land public could helpWhen community action is matched with local democratic powers we can halt big
Cities Vow to Fight Trump on Immigration, Even if They Lose Millions

Cities Vow to Fight Trump on Immigration, Even if They Lose Millions

Protesters at an anti-Trump event this month at Lake Merritt in Oakland, Calif.
Social care: why are we 'beyond the crisis point'?

Social care: why are we 'beyond the crisis point'?

Funding cuts, staff costs and rising need have spurred the government to consider increasing council tax There is not a crisis in adult social care, says Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care
Calpers Cuts Investment Targets, Increasing Strain on Municipalities

Calpers Cuts Investment Targets, Increasing Strain on Municipalities

Officials with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, Calpers, at a meeting on Monday. The pension system’s board voted Wednesday to cut projections for future investment returns.
Calpers Cuts Investment Targets, Increasing Strain on Municipalities

Calpers Cuts Investment Targets, Increasing Strain on Municipalities

Officials with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, Calpers, at a meeting on Monday. The pension system’s board voted Wednesday to cut projections for future investment returns.
Communities needing libraries as much as ever | Letters

Communities needing libraries as much as ever | Letters

Simon Jenkins says “Our libraries are in trouble …” (22 December) and suggests the solution is to make them places of “human congregation” run by town councils and other neighbourhood groups. Our
Sidebar: Charged a Fee for Getting Arrested, Whether Guilty or Not

Sidebar: Charged a Fee for Getting Arrested, Whether Guilty or Not

The Supreme Court will consider whether to take up a case from Minnesota surrounding the collection of “booking fees.”
Meet Wilson And Maria, Homeless And Hopeful (UPDATE)

Meet Wilson And Maria, Homeless And Hopeful (UPDATE)

GIMME SHELTER This is an update from the post Meet Wilson and Maria. Though Kit’s body was removed promptly from Harlem’s Morningside Park after he hanged himself from a tree, no one bothered for
Uber Extends an Olive Branch to Local Governments: Its Data

Uber Extends an Olive Branch to Local Governments: Its Data

Uber customers at Los Angeles International Airport. On Sunday, the company unveiled a website that will allow users to compare average trip times and see what effect something like a baseball game
Uber Extends an Olive Branch to Local Governments: Its Data

Uber Extends an Olive Branch to Local Governments: Its Data

Uber customers at Los Angeles International Airport. On Sunday, the company unveiled a website that will allow users to compare average trip times and see what effect something like a baseball game
The war on austerity has begun … in Surrey | Deborah Orr

The war on austerity has begun … in Surrey | Deborah Orr

Conservative councillors want to raise council tax by 15%. So why aren’t Labour and the Lib Dems more enthusiastic?The people of Surrey have been invited to show the rest of Britain what they are made

They’ve endured domestic violence. Now they’re victims of austerity | Frances Ryan

The cost of government cuts isn’t always visible. But there is no escaping it in Sunderland, where services to vulnerable women are under threatYou’ve read the headlines about the council services
Is Surrey council taking a stand, or letting the Tories off the hook? | Letters

Is Surrey council taking a stand, or letting the Tories off the hook? | Letters

Polly Toynbee’s article in praise of the leader of Surrey county council misses some fundamental points (It’s a crisis indeed when the social care rebels are Tories, 24 January). While David Hodge’s
‘Poverty was entrenched in Preston. So we became more self-sufficient’ | Hazel Sheffield

‘Poverty was entrenched in Preston. So we became more self-sufficient’ | Hazel Sheffield

The city voted for Brexit because it felt cut off by a failing economic system, says councillor Matthew Brown. But the region has been revived by thinking locallyMatthew Brown believes few available
Democrats Must Overhaul Party, Attack Big Business, Sanders Says

Democrats Must Overhaul Party, Attack Big Business, Sanders Says

"We need a total transformation," the 75-year-old U.S. senator.
Industrial heartland is in no fit state to pump up UK exports

Industrial heartland is in no fit state to pump up UK exports

With its manufacturing and engineering tradition, the West Midlands should be at the forefront of British hopes for exporting beyond Europe. Sadly, on most measures, it is in no position to do
Police Unions Hail Trump’s Easing of Scrutiny. Local Officials Worry.

Police Unions Hail Trump’s Easing of Scrutiny. Local Officials Worry.

Police in Chicago were harshly criticized by the Justice Department during the Obama administration.
The Guardian view on council funding: cheap politics, bad policy | Editorial

The Guardian view on council funding: cheap politics, bad policy | Editorial

The whole philosophy of how to pay for local services is about to change, and it doesn’t look goodThe Guardian’s analysis of who in Britain is housing and educating the refugees and asylum seekers who
The Preston model: UK takes lessons in recovery from rust-belt Cleveland

The Preston model: UK takes lessons in recovery from rust-belt Cleveland

As councils struggle with cuts, one Lancashire city adapted a pioneering grassroots approach from America to tackling inequality and keeping profits localTed Howard looks out on a group of people
The Muni Market Turns Toward Washington

The Muni Market Turns Toward Washington

President Trump’s call for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending could swell the nation’s municipal bond supply.