Increase council tax charges on empty homes, says Khan

Sadiq Khan has urged the government to allow London’s boroughs to increase council tax bills for high-value homes that are left empty.

'Devolution deadlock' putting economic growth at risk

The LGA has warned that opportunities for large economic growth, jobs and housing production risk being lost because of ‘devolution deadlock’.

Record £40m election donations for political parties

New figures have revealed that political parties in the UK received a record £40.1million in donations in the run up to June’s General Election.

Highest levels in a decade for housebuilding

New DCLG figures reveal that the number of new build homes that have started to be built has surged to the highest level since 2008.

£35m potential savings through estates framework

The new Estates Professional Services framework has the potential to save the public sector £35 million over the next four years.

UK outspends rest of the EU on large procurement contracts

New research has highlighted that the UK is spending almost double the rest of the EU combined on large procurement contracts.

General Election shows high electoral volatility

The 2017 ‘hold your nose’ General Election showed that the current First Past the Post voting system is failing, says the ERS.

UK to publish more EU negotiation plans

The UK government has published further details of its Brexit negotiating strategy.

New partnership approach to prevent litter

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on businesses and local authorities to join forces to prevent littering in their communities.

Roll out devolution to all of England

The government should roll out devolution deals nationally to help tackle the wide variation in regional productivity and boost local growth.

Unemployment rate continues to fall

The Office for National Statistics figures show that the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.4 per cent – the lowest level since 1975.

Basildon Council to lead multi-million euro project

Basildon Council has been awarded a €600,000 share of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to enhance markets in the borough.

Midlands Mayor presses for greater powers and funding

The Mayor of the West Midlands has met with Prime Minister Theresa May to push the case for further devolution of powers and funding to the region.

Birmingham improvement panel praises progress

The Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel has reported on Birmingham City Council’s improvement progress since February 2017.

£15 million for northern culture and tech projects

A new £15 million fund has been made available for towns and cities across Northern England to support major culture and tech capital projects.

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