Average asking price hits record high

The average asking price for homes in UK has hit a record high of £317,281, according to the property website Rightmove.

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has unveiled a new £17 million double-decker fleet of buses that will be powered by biomethane.

Uttlesford District Council has announced the purchase of a 50 per cent share in Chesterford Research Park.

NDNA recommends childcare passport funding

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has called on all political parties to invest in childcare and simplify early years funding with a radical Childcare Passport proposal.

Car finance deals soar 13 per cent in last year

New figures from the FLA have revealed that motorists spent £3.6 billion on car finance deals in March, a new monthly record.

Mayors should prioritise inclusive growth

Areas with newly elected metro mayors must use their powers and budgets to ensure everyone benefits from national economic growth.

One in three borrow money to pay rent

According to new figures by hoping charity Shelter, half a million low earners have had to borrow money to pay their rent during the past year.

Charity sector hit by tightening council budgets

Data from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has revealed that local government cuts have hit charities with research showing the charitable sector can expect to see ‘little rise’ in government income.

Local government employees consulted over pay

Local government branches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being consulted over the pay claim for the next pay round.

Mayor donates 15 per cent of salary to homelessness

As his first act as the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has donated 15 per cent of his salary to kick start the Homelessness fund.

 Corby Council to cut apprentices’ pay

Corby Borough Council is planning to cut the wages paid to apprentices so they are no longer earning the same as their instructors.

Suffolk Council to deliver £35,000 social prescribing pilot

Suffolk Coastal District Council has received £35,000 in funding to help deliver an innovative health project in Leiston, to help give people with long term health conditions non-medical support from the local community.

10 per cent of councils cut adult social care by a quarter

A new report by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which analyses official spending data on councils’ social care spending has found one-in-ten authorities made cuts of more than a quarter.

Cardiff Council generates £4.5m from motoring fines

New figures from Cardiff City Council have shown the authority has collected fines of over £4.5 million from parking and motoring offences in the past 12 months.

Liverpool residents most aware of council cuts

According to a new survey from independent trust Power to Change, Liverpudlians are more likely to be aware of local council cuts than residents in Birmingham, Manchester and London.

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