The Local Government Association (LGA) is warning that relaxed planning permissions could allow mobile phone masts in excess of 50ft to be built in beauty spots and historic locations.

Simon Stevens, head of NHS England is setting out plans to build ten new housing developments with healthy living in mind.

Environmental law firm Client Earth has warned the UK government that if it does not drastically reduce air pollution it could face renewed legal action.

Ministers have ruled out the proposals to impose charges in submitting Freedom of Information (FoI) requests, after a review of the system was launched to examine whether ‘sensitive information’ was being 'inadequately protected’.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called upon the government to grant councils the authority to fine reckless and irresponsible lorry drivers, who are found to cause 'chaos' in rural communities.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has compiled a report which raises concerns that the UK’s retail sector could face the loss of 900,000 jobs over the next ten years.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has once again called for greater powers for local councils to ensure that every child has a secondary school place.

Barnsley Council is the first local authority to approve proposals for the Sheffield City Region devolution deal.

A survey conducted by ComRes has found that the majority of local people feel they should be more involved in the devolution process and have mixed feelings about which powers should be devolved.

According to official figures the number of starts and completions on new build homes has reached a seven year record high, with over 143,500 new builds started, the highest level since 2008.

New figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have found that the number of people sleeping rough in England has increased by 30 per cent over the past year.

The government has cancelled its contract with Steatite to develop a GPS tracking system for offenders after spending £21 million on the project.

The Education and Adoption Bill, allowing quicker intervention when a school is coasting or failing, has been approved by Parliament and is due to be passed to Her Majesty the Queen for royal assent.

Councils are reducing HIV services and leaving people with little or no support in their local towns, according to a campaign launched by a group of charities.

According to a report published by The Children’s Society, young carers are not being provided with enough early support from schools and local authorities.

According to a joint report by Nesta, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, new models for maintaining and financing public parks could offer viable alternatives for Britain’s parks to remain sustainable.

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