Over 100 council leaders in England have backed the government’s plans to devolve powers regarding Sunday trading hours, enabling councillors to decide the opening hours of their area.

The government needs to better support the UK’s fastest growing and strongest performing cities, according to a new report from Centre for Cities.

The Houses of Parliament are a ‘fire risk’ and could face a destructive loss of power without a full refurbishment, according to a BBC report.

There is significant disparity in growth between northern and southern cities despite increased investment to develop a Northern Powerhouse, a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has warned.

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’.

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.

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that 90 per cent of job centres will offer the benefit of Universal Credit, helping people to work faster and earn more.

John Cridland, chairman of Transport for the North, has said there is no guarantee that investing billions into the Northern Powerhouse project will help the North of England, the BBC has reported.

Research conducted by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has found only 45 per cent of nurseries will be increasing the number of free places on offer, due to funding fears.

The UK’s employment rate has hit a record high, rising to 74.1 per cent.

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