The Daily Telegraph has reported that people who are caught littering could face fines of up to £150 under new plans set out by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Borrowing for the month of November 2015 was £14 billion, a £1.3 billion increase compared to the same time last year.

According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the cost of renting in the UK could rise faster than house prices, increasing by 25 per cent over the next five years.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis will give councils authority to fine property owners and agents up to £30,000 for failing to tackle overcrowding and hazardous conditions in their buildings.

A financial settlement has been published revealing councils are set to receive £3.5 billion of extra funding, which will be available for adult so

A report entitled ‘Beyond business rates: incentivising cities to grow’ has argued that councils should be handed more control of their finances, including the £10 billion generated in stamp duty tax.

The UK’s inflation rate rose to 0.1 per cent in November, turning positive for the first time in four months.

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is one of 77 projects set to receive a £3 million cash boost to develop coastal towns and resorts.

Birmingham City Council has warned that 1,200 jobs could be lost in a bid to generate savings of £250 million over the next four years.

Council leaders have called for tighter controls on Freedom of Information (FoI) requests claiming they are a ‘burden’ on local authorities.

The National Employers have made a two-year deal to unions, which will see council staff being offered a one per cent pay increase from April 2016, and a further one per cent the following year.

The government has confirmed that councils will be reimbursed for clean up costs following damage caused by Storm Desmond.

A small number of councils are at risk of financial or service failure, a report published by accountancy firm Grant Thornton has cautioned.

Figures published by the Kings Fund suggest that a two per cent increase to fund social care would raise a lot less than the £2 billion figure claimed by Chancellor George Osborne.

Plans to make the Midlands an ‘engine of growth’ by creating 300,000 jobs in addition to boosting the national economy by £34 billion has been unveiled at the University of Birmingham.

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