Cuts leave school support services at risk

Many local authorities face being unable to meet their legal obligations to schools, the Local Government Association has warned.

£70,000 election expenses fine for Tories

The Conservative Party has been fined £70,000 for incorrectly reporting spending on three by-elections in 2014 and the 2015 General Election.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the government will not proceed with the proposed increases in NIC for the self-employed

Charities call for reform of bailiff procedure

A new report published today by a coalition of debt charities has called on councils to do more to prevent the use of bad practice by bailiffs.

MP investigated over election expenses

According to a report by the BBC, Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, is being investigated over allegations of overspending in the 2015 general election campaign.

Blackpool Council issues £9m loan for local hospitals

Blackpool Council has agreed to grant a £9 million loan for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's front-line services, from its £100 million business loan fund.

Campaign outlines councils’ cuts to bus funding

According to data collated via freedom of information (FoI) request submitted by the Campaign for Better Transport, £30 million of bus funding has been cut in last year alone leading to the closure of hundreds of routes.

Liverpool councillors reject nine per cent tax rise

Liverpool city councillors have rejected a call for a referendum to increase council tax by nine per cent after the debate attracted considerable controversy.

Barnsley Council invests further £70m in Glass Works retail scheme

Barnsley Council and Queensberry have announced a further £70 million will be invested in the Glass Works, a £120 million retail-led scheme which is aimed at transforming the heart the town.

Southampton saves over £17,000 on tyres

Southampton City Council has saved more than 10 per cent on its annual tyre bill using the Crown Commercial Service tyres agreement.

Hammond defends Budget tax rise

Philip Hammond has said that the government will continue with its plans to increase national insurance contributions for the self-employed.

Ambitious Midlands Engine Strategy launched

The government has published its Midlands Engine Strategy to help the region become a powerful engine for economic growth.

Rising rents push vulnerable out of housing market

The UK’s most vulnerable tenants are being pushed out of the private rental market as a result of rising rents and benefit cuts.

Business rates boost and tax promise turn-around

Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented the 2017 Spring Budget, including support for business rates and a tax hike for the self-employed.

Congestion reduction measures to get funding

Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented the 2017 Spring Budget, with aims announced to ease congestion on local roads.

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