Do not ‘roll back from devolution’, government warned

Large regional economies in the UK have challenged the government not to roll-back from the promise of greater devolution after Brexit.

More men encouraged to join early-years profession

A new government-backed programme is encouraging men to start careers in nurseries and early years settings.

MPs to debate reforming ‘divisive’ electoral system

MPs will debate the case for reforming the Commons’ ‘divisive, broken electoral system’.

Youth services cut by 70 per cent since 2010

Analysis of spending by English local authorities on services for young people has revealed a real-terms cut of £880 million since 2010.

End to unfair evictions revealed by government

The government has announced that private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice without good reason.

Automatic voter registration mooted by Labour

The Labour Party is considering adopting automatic voter registration as a new policy, to increase overall registration and turnout.

Council tax debt recovery improvements pledged

Vulnerable people who fall behind with council tax payments will have greater protection from aggressive debt enforcement.

Housing development to help finance school places

New guidance will support councils to negotiate what funding is required from housing developers for new schools and school expansions.

Cap to stop large public sector exit payments

A consultation has been launched outlining how the government will introduce a £95,000 cap to stop huge public sector exit payments.

Town Hall Rich List published

There were at least 2,454 council employees who received total remuneration in excess of £100,000 last year.

New guidance for councils to crack down on rogue landlords

Local authorities will receive a new package of online support as part of the government’s commitment to give greater protection to tenants.

Teacher recruitment service set to save schools millions

The government has launched a new recruitment site called 'Teaching Vacancies' where schools can advertise vacant roles.

£3 million scheme opened to regenerate village halls

A £3 million fund to improve village halls and better connect rural communities across the country has been launched.

Panel stresses Birmingham's 'serious' financial position

Birmingham's Independent Improvement Panel has produced its final report, highlighting the council's 'immensely serious' financial position.

Campaign launched to tackle electoral fraud

A new campaign has been launched by the Electoral Commission to encourage people to protect their vote ahead of May’s local elections.