Khan launches vehicle pollution checker

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has unveiled a new emission scoring scheme which allows motorists to identify and avoid buying the dirtiest diesel and most polluting petrol cars and vans.

Help to Buy used by over one million, figures show

Government figures have shown over one million people have used the Help to Buy scheme when looking to buy a property.

May signs Article 50 letter

Prime Minister Theresa May has signed the letter to formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union.

Sajid confirms return of full powers to Tower Hamlets

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that full democratic accountability will be returned to Tower Hamlets Council.

DFID should better strategise UK aid spending, MPs say

The International Development Committee (IDC) has published a report supporting DFID spending on UK aid but highlighting a lack of emphasis on strategy in the spending.

CMA highlights benefits of digital comparison tools

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a paper on its market study into digital comparison tools (DCTs), exploring the tools’ increasing use in helping people decide what to buy.

Housing estates awarded £32 million for regeneration

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that more than 100 housing estates across England are set to benefit from a 32 million Estate Regeneration Fund to kick-start their regeneration.

Council competition encourages residents to pay council tax by direct debit

South Lanarkshire Council has launched a competition offering the chance to win a year’s free council tax for those who signed up to pay for council tax by direct debit by 1 April.

LGA calls for powers to ban pavement parking

The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged the government to allow local authorities to ban pavement parking across the country to crack down on inconsiderate motorists.

PAC calls for more action on improving CCS

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has advised that the government can make substantial savings from buying common goods and services centrally, but that the results of the its latest attempt to do so have been ‘disappointing’.

DCLG confirms 6,000 uses of community rights to protect local assets

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has cited over 6,000 uses of community rights, protecting over 4,000 buildings, green spaces and other local assets.

MoJ reveals plans for 5,000 modern prison places

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has unveiled plans for four new prisons in England and Wales, creating 5,000 modern prison places to replace old and overcrowded establishments.

Joint inquiry launched into UK air pollution crisis

Four select committees have launched a joint inquiry on air quality to scrutinise cross-government plans to tackle urban pollution hotspots.

Tower Hamlets to receive full control of powers

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said that full powers could be returned to Tower Hamlets council following a two-year intervention by central government.

New mayor set for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal has been agreed, with a new mayor to be elected on 4 May.

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