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’.

BEIS launches campaign to raise aware of NLW rights

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched an advertising campaign to raise lowest paid workers’ knowledge of their

Probe launched into EU referendum campaign spending

The Electoral Commission will investigate the spending returns of the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns from 2016’s EU referendum.

Give councils power over polluting vehicles in cities

Plans to create less polluted cities need to go further if targets to reduce increasing levels of harmful pollutants are to be met.

DCLG announces £191m cash injection for South West

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a government cash boost of £191 million for the South West to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.

Aberdeen Council freezes council tax rate

Councillors from Aberdeen City Council have decided against increasing council tax and have become one of the largest councils to opt to freeze the rate instead.

Oxfordshire Council criticises NHS savings proposals

Oxfordshire County Council has criticised NHS proposals to save £200 million, claiming the plans are lacking information.

West Lothian Council freezes council tax

West Lothian Council has become the fourth local authority to confirm plans to freeze the basic rate of council tax.

£4m for congestion cutting tech products

The Department for Transport is awarding £4 million for tech projects that will help cut congestion, speed up journeys and clean up the environment

Benefit sanction variations unacceptable

A report by the Public Accounts Committee has urged the Department for Work & Pensions to review the use of sanctions.

£10m local action fund to tackle climate change

Nicola Sturgeon has announced almost £10 million of funding to support local organisations across Scotland to tackle climate change.

Four Liverpool libraries face closure

Four libraries in Liverpool are facing closure as a result of cuts, meaning the city will have lost over half of its libraries in the last two years.

Welsh councils cut spend on hearing equipment by 15 per cent, figures show

Figures obtained by Action on Hearing Loss Cymru has indicated that spending on specialist equipment for people who have hearing loss has been cut by an average of 15 per cent over the past four years.

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