Labour surprised as Tories win Copeland by-election

The Labour party has lost the Copeland by-election by over 2,000 votes to the Conservative party, losing a seat it has held for over 80 years.

Net migration to UK drops by 49,000

Net migration to the UK has reduced by 49,000 with 273,000 people migrating to the UK in the year to September, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown.

DCLG announces £191m cash injection for South West

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a government cash boost of £191 million for the South West to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.

MPs to be allowed to speak Welsh in Parliament

New UK government plans will allow MPs to speak Welsh in parliamentary debates of the Welsh Grand Committee.

Supreme Court rules income barrier for spouse immigration lawful

The Supreme Court has ruled that income barrier stopping thousands of British citizens from bringing a foreign spouse to the UK is lawful.

£4m for congestion cutting tech products

The Department for Transport is awarding £4 million for tech projects that will help cut congestion, speed up journeys and clean up the environment

Benefit sanction variations unacceptable

A report by the Public Accounts Committee has urged the Department for Work & Pensions to review the use of sanctions.

£10m local action fund to tackle climate change

Nicola Sturgeon has announced almost £10 million of funding to support local organisations across Scotland to tackle climate change.

Council tax rise unlikely to recompense funding cuts

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further cuts to local services over the coming year.

MoJ announces pay rise to boost prison staffing levels

Prison officers from 31 prisons in London and south-east England are set to receive pay rises of up to £5,000, in a bid to encourage more recruits to join the service.

Record number of businesses underpaying workers, official figures show

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a list naming 360 businesses who have underpaid 15,520 workers a total of £995,233.

Social care system running on ‘borrowed time’, Age UK warns

A new report from Age UK has concluded that the UK is living on borrowed time to save the social care system for older people.

Government announces £40m to tackle child trafficking

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a £40 million package of government measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and to crack down on offenders.

London car drivers cause most pollution per commuter

A study conducted by the University of Surrey has found that car drivers in London are causing the most pollution per commuter, but are least exposed to harmful particulate matter (PM), when compared with those taking public transport.

BBC analysis reveals Help to Buy’s impact

Analysis by BBC News has shown that one in three new build properties outside London were bought through the Help to Buy scheme.

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