MP investigated over election expenses

According to a report by the BBC, Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, is being investigated over allegations of overspending in the 2015 general election campaign.

The National Surveillance Camera Strategy has called on councils to share information about how they are using surveillance camera systems.

DCMS announces chair of social Youth Social Action Review

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has appointed Steve Holliday as the chair of the Youth Full-Time Social Action review.

Legislation has been proposed to abolish Right to Buy, the Preserved Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire for tenants of local authorities and registered social landlords after a period of at least one year following Royal Assent.

DCMS welcomes response to cyber security apprenticeship sche

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced almost 1,250 people have applied for 23 cyber security apprentice roles in three-week application period.

PAC backs full decant of Westminster during refurb

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has supported a full decant of the Palace of Westminster while major works are undertaken as ‘the most economical, effective and efficient choice’.

Hammond defends Budget tax rise

Philip Hammond has said that the government will continue with its plans to increase national insurance contributions for the self-employed.

Ambitious Midlands Engine Strategy launched

The government has published its Midlands Engine Strategy to help the region become a powerful engine for economic growth.

Rising rents push vulnerable out of housing market

The UK’s most vulnerable tenants are being pushed out of the private rental market as a result of rising rents and benefit cuts.

CCS launches new Courier Services framework

A new Courier Services framework will provide public sector customers with a quicker and easier route for buying courier services.

Business rates boost and tax promise turn-around

Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented the 2017 Spring Budget, including support for business rates and a tax hike for the self-employed.

Further London devolution announced in budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented his Budget, revealing that a further devolution deal agreed with Sadiq Khan.

Surrey Council government tax deal recording leaked

The BBC has obtained a leaked recording of David Hodge, leader of Surrey Council, saying he struck a deal with the government before scrapping a 15 per cent council tax hike.

Lack of diversity among Wales’ council leaders, report highlights

A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has shown that Wales remains a country where ‘major decisions, including those in local government, are being taken by people not reflective of the country’s diversity’.

EA begins £3.8m Totnes flood scheme

The Environment Agency (EA) has started work on a £3.8million scheme aimed at reducing the risk of flooding to over 400 homes and businesses in Totnes.

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