Sir Edward Lister has been appointed the new chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Polls opened at 07:00 in the referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union or leave.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that government borrowing declined slightly in the month of May, compared to the same time in 2015, but maintained the figure was still higher than expected.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has claimed that the government’s plans to devolve business rates to local authorities failed to provide poorer areas with an incentive to grow their economies.

The Chartered Institute for Professional Development (CIPD) has called on the government to delay the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and overhaul the proposed system.

Employment has reached a record high of 74.2 per cent, with over 31 million people in work across the UK.

Draft guidelines to offer incentives for early guilty pleas could lead to overcrowding in prisons, a report from the Justice Committee has warned.

Mark Drakeford, the new local government secretary, has said the plans to shake-up councils in Wales is due to be redrawn.

The twenty small to medium sized northern cities contribute to nearly a third of the north’s economy, according to a report from Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North.

A report conducted by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has concluded that the government has not done enough to protect communities at risk of flooding.

Councils are calling for supported housing to be exempt from the housing benefit cap to prevent the most vulnerable people from losing their homes.

The County Councils Network has warned that the Bus Services Bill could leave rural areas facing the prospect of less sustainable transport.

Only 24 per cent of voters feel ‘well’ or ‘very well’ informed about the upcoming EU referendum, a survey has suggested.

The life chances of the UK’s 6.5 million carers, who look after a disabled, older or ill family member or friend, are being damaged by ‘inadequate’ local support services, according to new research released for Carers Week 2016.

A study by The Key has found that delays to assessments, insufficient budgets and cuts to local authorities is hampering schools’ ability to support special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) pupils.

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