MPs have agreed to consider making it a criminal offence if people refuse to give evidence to select committees.

The government’s controversial Trade Union Bill has passed into law, despite accusations from unions that it posed a ’serious threat’ to industrial relations.

A new report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called on the government to improve its transparency regarding cost and performance data.

A series of elections are taking place across the UK for the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly of Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly and for 124 councils in London.

According to data from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the number of empty homes is now at a record low.

A report conducted by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned that the government’s plan to extend its Right to Buy policy lacks clarity.

A study published by the Children’s Society has warned that moves to restrict support given to migrant families could result in more children becoming homeless, putting them at further rise of exploitation and abuse.

Government minister James Wharton has told East Anglia officials they can take or leave the devolution deal that was singed before the budget.

New longer lorries pose a ‘significant road safety threat’ and should be restricted, the Campaign for Better Transport has warned.

The government has invested £60 million in accelerating innovation across the Midlands Engine.

The government is expected to review whether electronic voting in strike ballots should be allowed, as part of a series of changes to the Trade Union Bill.

Local government secretary Greg Clark has praised Portsmouth’s growth, despite suffering cuts to its council’s funding pot.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has raised concerns over government spending on consultants and temporary staff, warning that issues identified in 2010 ‘have not been properly addressed’.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has calculated that the government borrowed £1.8 billion more than its initial target of £72.2 billion.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has advised that the government should ensure it remains accountable for the ‘new and experimental’ devolution deals being offered to local areas.

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