Plans to increase garden towns announced

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has called for an increase in garden towns in England.

Nottingham calls for inquiry into favourable southern funding

Graham Chapman has called for the Public Accounts Committee to investigate the government favouring wealthy southern councils with funding.

Democracy Ambassadors to inspire political engagement

The Cabinet Office has unveiled a new programme aimed at inspiring school-age young people to engage with democracy from an earlier stage.

Critics blast ‘pitiful’ social housing proposals

A ‘new deal’ for social housing residents has been announced to rebalance the relationship between tenants and landlords.

Rough sleeping eradication plan revealed

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has revealed a plan to end rough sleeping on England's streets by 2027.

Fears over children’s services in cash-strapped Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council is seeking £70 million of savings over the next few months to balance its books.

Government announces further business rates pilots

The government has announced that more councils are being invited to apply for powers to retain the growth in their business rates.

Plans to remove commissioners from Rotherham Council

James Brokenshire has announced that the government will end the intervention into Rotherham Council three years after calling in inspectors.

Disconnect between the public and the political system highlighted

40 per cent of people have no trust at all in the House of Commons, emphasising the huge disconnect between the public and the political system.

Cabinet to meet in North East for first time

As the Prime Minister prepares to host her Cabinet meeting in Gateshead, progress will be made for the £600 million North of Tyne Devolution Deal.

Brokenshire commits to review of  fire safety guidelines

James Brokenshire has said that he will be conducting a full-scale review of the building regulations fire safety guidance.

National youth groups receive funding boost

Lord Bourne has announced £250,000 to give more young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to join national youth groups.

Business case for unitary authority in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council is to prepare a formal case to replace its current two-tier system of local government with a new unitary authority.

Cities need more powers to address digital divides

A new report has argued that UK cities need more powers from the government if they are going to be able to address current digital divides.

CCS launches FM Marketplace framework agreement

The CCS has launched the Facilities Management Marketplace agreement - the first agreement under the new, simplified Public Sector Contract.

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