In a keynote speech in Leeds, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin pledged to end the economic gap between the north and south through billions of pounds of investment in high speed transport links.

Moving powers out of Whitehall to allow towns, cities and counties decision making power has taken a substantial step change following the official publication of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill.

A report from the London boroughs of Camden, Haringey and Islington has warned that plans to introduce legislation to support home ownership and give housing association tenants the chance to own their own home could have a ‘destructive’ impact on local authorities.

The Queen’s Speech on 27 May will include details of the Conservative government’s plans to extend the right-to-buy scheme, allowing 1.3 million housing association tenants in England to purchase their homes with the same discounts offered to council tenants.

Research undertaken by GE Lighting and the Carbon Trust has revealed that 87 per cent of public sector sustainability professionals have begun to embrace smart technologies in an attempt to drive social, economic and environmental benefits.

The Local Government Association (LGA) have produced a white paper on devolution that includes a warning to the new government that the principle of cuts without reform could limit growth and development and challenge the sustainability of vital local services.

The value of outsourcing contracts in the local government sector reached a five quarter high at the end of March, with new deals signed totalling £350 million, according to the arvato UK Outsourcing Index.

More than a third of local government pension scheme (LGPS) members believe that new communities minister Greg Clark should prioritise tackling spiralling deficits, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).

In response to the Cities Devolution Bill, the Local Government Association (LGA) has urged the government to ensure that all areas of the country benefit from extra freedoms and flexibilities, not just major cities.

Following it’s success at last weeks local elections, the Conservative party has now become the largest party in the Local Government Association (LGA), slightly ahead of Labour.

Plans to allow English cities power over housing, transport, planning and policing will be unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s first speech since the Conservative general election success.

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors is attempting to expand beyond its vehicles business by unveilling batteries that can power homes and businesses, through storing solar energy.

Analysis undertaken by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has suggested that living standards between 2010 and 2014 were the worst for half a century.

Research unveiled by OC&C Strategy Consultants has suggested that spend on outsourced public services is set to grow from £90bn to at least £110bn by the end of the next parliament.

East Hampshire District Council has approved a planning application that will transform Whitehill & Bordon from a garrison town into a thriving green town.

The Cabinet Office has revealed data detailing how a record number of people registered to vote on April 20, the enrolment deadline on, ahead of May’s general election.