The Transport Committee has warned that the UK’s rail franchising model is ‘no longer fit for purpose’ and is failing passengers.

The government has announced that it delivered £1.2 billion of operational savings and £2.1 billion of benefits last year.

281 jobs are expected to be axed at Walsall Council, along with nine libraries, under budget proposals announced by the authority.

Enfield Council has announced it will invest £58 million in the region’s local energy company ‘energetik’, a move which it claims will ‘secure north London’s energy future’.

East Dorset District Council has voted against a plan to replace Dorset’s nine councils with two unitary authorities.

Police are investigating an incident at Aberdeen City Council, after its official website was attacked by hackers.

The Scottish Borders Council is considering a move to create a Brexit response team which will monitor the impact on the region.

Cardiff Council has agreed to support the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, worth £1.2 billion, aimed at boosting economic growth in south east Wales.

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised that the government will publish a White Paper setting out its Brexit plans, during Prime Minister’s Questions.

The Department for Transport has announced it is on the hunt for a company to design, build and maintain a fleet of high speed trains for Britain’s HS2 network, a move which is set to cost £2.75 billion.

Poole Council has scrapped plans for a £250,000 revamp of its civic centre after widespread criticism.

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the UK will not remain within the European single market, explains that remaining in it would mean ‘not leaving the EU at all’.

More than 200 authorities have opted to join the Local Government Association’s (LGA’s) Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA), set up to manage council auditing contracts.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced a series of grants totalling £4 million, which will allow museums and galleries across England to increase access, improve displays and enhance public spaces.

New plans announced by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid includes a £60 tax reform to make it easier for companies to connect more homes and businesses across England to gold standard full fibre broadband.

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The largest flood exhibition and conference in the world is coming to London’s ExCeL in September.

The Emergency Services Show takes place at the NEC from 20-21 September and is the only UK event for all involved in public safety.

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