Fundamental reform is needed to improve building safety

Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations has controversially not urged for a ban on flammable cladding.

Parliament join surge to crack down on plastics

Parliamentary staff are to be encouraged to put sustainability at the heart of their work and phase out plastic bottles, cups, bags and cutlery.

£2.3bn NHS levy could revitalise social care

An Intergenerational Commission report argues that the struggling social care system could be ‘rescued’ with a funding boost of £2.3 billion.

DfE announces struggling schools to face single target

Operating a single ‘trigger’ point to indicate when struggling schools require intervention would help to create a more simple education system.

UKIP collapse sees mixed results for other parties

In the first England-wide local election since the General Election, the Labour and Conservative parties have both experienced mixed results.

£568m for affordable housing in Scotland

More affordable homes will be delivered across Scotland this year after the government announced a £35 million increase to council allocations.

Review launched into carbon monoxide alarms

Dominic Raab has announced that a review will be taken into rules that require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in homes across England.

Brokenshire new Communites Secretary

Following Amber Rudd’s recent resignation, Theresa May has announced that Sajid Javid has been named as the new Home Secretary.

Stamp duty cut benefitting 69,000 households

The abolition of stamp duty land tax on properties under £300,000 has helped 69,000 first-time buyers since the relief was introduced.

Patterns of accountability failure repeatedly occurring

A new report has stressed how weak accountability increases the risk of failure of public services, with the same patterns of failure repeatedly occurring.

Call for collaboration for well-designed homes delivery

Government ministers are set to urge industry to embrace the latest innovations to make sure that the UK builds the high quality homes its needs.

Councils should have retained business rates as extra revenue

The money councils receive from the further retention of business rates should be an additional revenue, and not replace existing sources, says committee.

Government Property Agency to generate £1 billion

The Cabinet Office launched the Government Property Agency (GPA) on 1 April with the aim to generate more than £1 billion in financial savings.

Authorities set for largest council tax rise in 13 years

Official figures released have shown that council tax levels will increase by an average of 5.1 per cent across England in 2018/19.

Legislation to reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’

Sajid Javid will introduce legislation that will reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’, which he says has unfairly affected up to a thousand businesses.

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