Ministers have confirmed the government’s flagship Better Care Fund (BCF) integration scheme will be extended until at least 2017.

According to research conducted by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), roadsweepers and care workers could lose up to £2,000 per year as a result of the Chancellor’s proposed tax credits.

Chancellor George Osborne has said he will listen to the concerns being raised regarding proposed changed to tax credits, after the House of Lords voted to delay the reforms.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called for small businesses to be properly consulted in devolution deals.

In a bid to reduce potential discrimination, councils and civil service employers will no longer be able to see the names of graduate applicants under new government proposals.

A report published by The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has counselled that further integration of health and social care services will require ‘significant’ investment and cannot be relied upon to make savings in the short term.

Peers are set to vote on whether the government’s proposed cuts to tax credits should be delayed or removed completely in a showdown at the House of Lords.

According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics, local authorities borrowed £1.6 billion more in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2014.

Prime Minister David Cameron is being urged to reverse his opposition to a sugar tax after ministers published a secret official report on child obesity, suggesting that a levy of 10 to 20 per cent is needed to tackle the problem.

According to a report conducted by Age UK, the government budget allocations for the oncoming year suggest social care budgets will fall by a further £470 million, adding to an already existing crisis in health and social care for elderly people.

According to analysis conducted by Greater London Authority Conservative Gareth Bacon, the devolution of stamp duty to councils could deliver more than 40,000 new homes annually in London.

Sunderland City Council has launched a tender to find technology partner to help develop an alternative service delivery model for ICT.


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