New build homes hits nine year high

New data reveals that the number of new build homes that have started to be built have continued to rise to the highest level since 2007.

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.

Council services not keeping pace with rising complex needs children

A new report commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children and published by the National Children's Bureau, has highlighted that the number of disabled children with complex needs has increased dramatically, and warned that affected families were finding it difficult to access local authority support.

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.

Claims of malpractice at Glasgow City Council

Police Scotland has announced it has met with senior figures at Glasgow City Council amid allegations of malpractice.

Benefit sanction variations unacceptable

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

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.

Northamptonshire council staff told to ‘work in libraries’

Staff at Northamptonshire County Council have been told to work in a library or from home because of a delay to work to the council’s new headquarters.

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.

Council tax rise unlikely to recompense funding cuts

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further cuts to local services over the coming year.

Potholes to rise due to rise in use of heavy lorries, LGA warns

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that pothole levels are likely to surge because of a spike in levels of heavier lorries wearing down roads.

£10 vehicle pollution charge set for London

Sadiq Khan has confirmed that a £10 toxic ‘T-Charge’ will be put in place for the most polluting cars in central London.

Lack of council BYOD policy puts data at risk

The high number of local authorities without a BYOD policy exposes them to higher risk of data leaks.

Businesses to benefit from accurately lower bills

Figures have shown that thousands of businesses across the country are set to benefit from falls in their business rates bills.

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