Housing Advisers Programme launched by LGA

The Local Government Association (LGA) has unveiled a new scheme to assist councils in tackling local housing challenges.

Five warning signs of council financial stress

CIPFA is urging councils to watch for five warning signs of financial stress.

New framework to cut price of contact centre services

CCS has released a new framework to help the public sector maximise the money it spends on contact or call centres.

Rented accommodation scheme launched in West of England

A scheme aimed at helping tenants find good quality rented accommodation has been launched across the West of England.

Suppliers sign up to Prompt Payment Code

32 of the biggest government suppliers have voluntarily committed to pay 95 per cent of invoices within 60 days, which is good news for small businesses.

Volunteers needed to preserve London’s parks

Volunteers may need to be recruited across London to preserve parks as a number of local authorities plan to withdraw all funding by 2020.

Councils acquiring property for investment purposes

A new report has highlighted that an increasing number of local authorities are acquiring property for investment purposes.

Transport investment plan launched

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has launched a new strategy to address how local roads will benefit from a multi-billion pound fund.

A £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund has been launched by Sajid Javid to help unlock 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand.

Devolve public spending to rural areas, urges CCN

A new report is encouraging the government to devolve public spending and tax raising powers to rural areas.

75p in every £1 of council funding cut by 2020

The LGA has warned that local government will have lost 75p out of every £1 of core central government funding that it had to spend in 2015.

Tram-train is late and five times over budget

The experimental tram-train linking Sheffield and Rotherham is expected to be delivered three years late and five times over budget.

Westminster leader calls for affordable housing tariff

A council leader has urged for local authorities to have the power to impose tariffs on developers to provide cash for more affordable housing.

Employers paying more to recruit new staff

The skills gap is costing UK businesses more than £2 billion a year in higher salaries, recruitment costs and temporary staffing.

One in seven private renters spend half income on rent

The LGA has warned that 14 per cent of private renters are spending more than half of their total income on rent.

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