Budget boost for free school funding

Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented the 2017 Spring Budget, with the announcement of additional funding for free schools.

Further London devolution announced in budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented his Budget, revealing that a further devolution deal agreed with Sadiq Khan.

Hammond announces social care funding

The Chancellor has presented the Budget, with the announcement of £2 billion to be spent on social care over the next three years.

Surrey Council government tax deal recording leaked

The BBC has obtained a leaked recording of David Hodge, leader of Surrey Council, saying he struck a deal with the government before scrapping a 15 per cent council tax hike.

78 per cent of MPs believe more money should go to social care budgets

New polling by the Local Government Association (LGA) has shown that 78 per cent of MPs believe that additional funding should go to councils' social care budgets.

The Local Government Association (LGA), has called on the government to use the Spring Budget to free councils from borrowing limits hampering their ability to build new homes, citing that local authorities are forced to spend £2 million per day on providing temporary accommodation.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that vocational and technical education in England will receive an extra £500 million per year in a bid to train more skilled workers and boost the economy.

£50m a year spent on fly-tipping

New figures show that councils will have to spend £50 million to clear litter, as incidents of fly-tipping continue to increase.

Record high for zero hour contracts

New analysis of ONS data reveals that the number of people on controversial zero hours contracts has reached a record high of 910,000.

Digital tech to tackle congestion in Newcastle

Newcastle City Council will extend an innovative scheme that uses smart technology to help manage traffic flow.

The cabinet of Cornwall Council has voted eight to one in favour of going ahead with the bid for Truro-Cornwall to be European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Boosting BME workplace employees could add £24bn to UK economy, review finds

Baroness McGregor-Smith has cited that the UK economy could benefit from a £24 billion-a-year boost if black and minority ethnic (BME) people progressed in work at the same rate as their white counterparts.

Birmingham CC needs bold leadership to deliver finance plans, IIP advises

Birmingham City Council’s Independent Improvement Panel (IIP) has said the authority will need 'bold and tenacious' leadership to deliver its latest financial plans.

PIPs should be for genuinely disabled people, policy head says

George Freeman, policy unit head to Prime Minister Theresa May, has called for a reform of personal independence payments (PIPs), to ensure the benefits are received by individuals who are ‘really disabled’.

DCMS announces new measures to boost growth of AI

The Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced new measures to support Britain’s world-leading AI sector as part of a Digital Strategy, due to published on 1 March, to boost growth and deliver a ‘thriving, outward-looking digital economy that works for everyone’.

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