New figures released by the DCLG have revealed that the number of newly built homes is at the highest level since 2009.

An inquiry has been launched into the interventions of both Tower Hamlets and Rotherham councils following the imposition of commissioners.

Universal Credit, the government’s flagship benefits reform, is now available to all types of claimant in five areas across the UK.

According to the National Audit Office (NAO), taxpayers which are forced to hold the line while calling HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) lost the equivalent of £97 million in 2015.

The government’s digital transformation agenda is picking up momentum, but still faces a number of barriers, according to the second annual Government Digital Trends Survey.

A report published by Centre for Policy Studies has advised that ‘pink zones’, a less regulated system, should be used instead of the current planning system, in order to successfully boost new housing.

The government shared services strategy has delivered savings but has failed to to achieve value for money, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

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.

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