It was announced in the Queen’s Speech that the saving of millions of pensioners will be better protected under new plans for the Pension Bill.

The Bus Services Bill, which was included the Queen’s Speech, will limit franchise powers to elected mayors.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to change the way local authorities help children in care.

The government has launched a consultation on transferring the powers of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) to the Treasury, in a move it claims will modernise lending to local authorities.

New research by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found that housing allowances are not keeping up with rents in the private sector.

Despite the government’s U-turn on academisation, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has maintained that some outstanding local authority schools could still be forced to covert to academies, if the are deemed as ‘unviable’.

The Land Registry has launched a consultation on the proposed draft Local Land Charges Rules 2017.

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced a new £15 million fund will be made available for councils to bid for, to provide safe accommodation for people suffering mental health crises in public spaces.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has awarded funding to projects across England, to help restore local landmarks to their former glory.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to create a more flexible minimum standard of broadband speed across the country to stop thousands of homes and businesses from falling into a ‘digital twilight zone’.

Many voters are unaware of the European Union’s (EU’s) impact on public services in the UK, according to new poll commissioned by the Charted Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

MPs have agreed to consider making it a criminal offence if people refuse to give evidence to select committees.

The government’s controversial Trade Union Bill has passed into law, despite accusations from unions that it posed a ’serious threat’ to industrial relations.

A new report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called on the government to improve its transparency regarding cost and performance data.

A series of elections are taking place across the UK for the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly of Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly and for 124 councils in London.

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The largest flood exhibition and conference in the world is coming to London’s ExCeL in September.

The Emergency Services Show takes place at the NEC from 20-21 September and is the only UK event for all involved in public safety.

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