The house building industry created a significant jobs boost during 2015, creating 106,000 new jobs, according to research conducted by the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

Isle of Wight Council has warned the government that planned cuts to its budget will push the council to its brink, claiming it may not ‘be viable in the very near future’.

Official figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions has found the UK has reached its highest ever employment rate of 74 per cent, with a record high of 31.4 million people in work.

Reductions in funding for county councils could ‘all but end’ the provision of non-statutory services in some parts of England, according to the County Councils Network (CCN).

Uniting stakeholders and pooling assets could allow local communities to revive struggling high streets, according to a new report.

An inquiry into ‘intergenerational fairness’ has been launched by the Work and Pensions Committee.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has proposed a 20 per cent tax on all sugary drinks and foods in NHS cafes by 2020.

A new report conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called for councils to be given control of the £400 million prison budget for low-risk offenders to reduce the risk of reoffending.

Local authorities in London have reportedly saved a combined total of £2.5 million through joining a campaign to encourage residents to pay their council tax by direct debit.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for councils to ‘remain at the heart’ of school place planning, warning that the legal duty of councils to ensure every child has access to a school place could be made undeliverable otherwise.

Scottish councils are failing to properly scrutinise capital spending and oversee long-term strategic plans, a new report has warned.

73 councils in England already meet or exceed 2020 recycling targets, according to data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Home Office has announced it will work with nine areas to support them in tackling gang violence and exploitation.

Six local authorities are set to receive a share of £200,000 worth of funding for youth services as part of the Delivering Differently for Young People programme.

Hull and East Riding should merge to create a combined authority, according to a report published by the Hull Commission.

Consulting firm Mercer has warned the move to make pensions inflation-proof could cost local authorities and their contractors up to £1 billion per year, due to a ‘quirk of legislation’.

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