The control of education services in Slough is set to be returned to the powers of the council, after the Department for Education ordered that the children centres be run by Cambridge Education.

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has asked for evidence on the future use and development of driverless vehicles after launching an inquiry into the sector.

Former Chancellor George Osborne is set to a chair a new think tank aimed at progressing the Northern Powerhouse plan.

Former European Council president Herman Van Rompuy has warned that substantive Brexit talks are unlikely to start before the end of 2017.

Cornwall Council has rejected proposals to change constituency boundaries and join with Devon, claiming the plans are ‘inequitable and unlawful’.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said that the HS2 rail link needs a ‘realistic timetable’ if the new link is to be a success.

Business secretary Sajid Javid has announced that the £900 million North East devolution deal is ‘off the table’, after four out of the seven local authorities voted against the plans.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to ban the use of ‘golden hellos’ by independent fostering agencies attempting to encourage foster carers away from local authorities.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for a shake-up of boundaries in Birmingham which would lead to more wards by fewer politicians.

Waste management company Amgen Cymru, owned by Rhondda Cynon Taf council, has been criticised by the GMB union over its employment practices.

The Committees on Arms Export Controls has called on the UK government to cease the selling of weaponry to Saudia Arabia, after evidence has suggested the trade has likely been used to violate international humanitarian and human rights laws.

The UK is set to begin preliminary talks with Australia exploring the possibility of a future free trade deal.

Newcastle City Council has accumulated £2.4 million from issuing fines to motorists caught using bus lanes.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for the Work and Health Programme (WHO) powers to be devolved to local authorities in order to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

According to a new poll conducted by We Own It, 57 per cent of people believe the government should allow councils to run their own bus services.


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