John Cridland, chairman of Transport for the North, has said there is no guarantee that investing billions into the Northern Powerhouse project will help the North of England, the BBC has reported.

Research conducted by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has found only 45 per cent of nurseries will be increasing the number of free places on offer, due to funding fears.

The UK’s employment rate has hit a record high, rising to 74.1 per cent.

Starter homes could be out of reach fro the majority of families in England, according to new analysis from the Local Government Association (LGA).

Fire and rescue services could be at risk due to further cuts to funding, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned.

47 per cent of public sector workers doubt the management skills of their leadership teams, according to a new report.

The BBC has reported that hundreds of planned new sheltered accommodation units have been delayed or scrapped owing to proposed cuts to housing benefits.

According to an evaluation of the Help to Buy equity loan scheme, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government, 43 per cent of newly built homes have been achieved directly as a result of the programme.

Spend on traffic calming measures has increased by 53 per cent since 2013, according to research from Churchill Car Insurance.

Under new plans announced by Nicky Morgan, minister for Women and Equalities, companies will be forced to reveal the number of men and women in each pay grade, revealing potential gender pay gaps.

A report conducted by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that many civil servants experience ‘hardship and distress’ when trying to access their pensions, after the MyCSP brought in changes.

The government’s actions to remove ‘unjustifiable barriers’ to people wishing to access their pension fund have been revealed by Harriet Baldwin, economic secretary to the Treasury.

Lord Heseltine has announced that a new panel will be introduced to examine how the layout of estates can be best used to deliver more quality homes for renting and buying.

The funding model the government intends to use to finance the Right to Buy model strategy has been criticised by the Commons Communities Committee (CCC), which maintains that plans to allow social tenants in England to buy their homes are ‘extremely questionable’.

The growing financial services sector in Yorkshire is set to be promoted to international investors, in a bid to promote economic growth outside of London.

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