More devolution can help the North thrive

New research from IPPR North has argued that the centralisation of power in Westminster is unfairly holding all of England back.

Burnham calls for fundamental constitutional change

Andy Burnham has called for the government to give towns, cities and regions across the UK more power to control their own destinies.

Yearly council tax rises will not prevent £19bn deficit

Local authorities will still face a funding shortfall of £19 billion over the next five years, despite expected increases in council tax.

£1m boost for green initiatives in Somerset

Somerset County Council has created a £1 million climate change fund, thought to be the biggest investment of its kind.

£3 million for smart energy investment in Midlands

Three new projects will help to place the West Midlands as a global leader in the field of low-carbon energy, following government funding.

Package of support announced for storm-hit areas

Grants, council tax relief and business rate relief have been announced for people and businesses in areas affected by flooding.

Asylum policy change could benefit economy by £7m

New research has found that closing a loophole in the UK’s asylum policy could benefit the public purse by millions of pounds each year.

Scottish budget could devastate communities

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has warned that the Scottish Government’s Budget will hit vulnerable communities the hardest.

Alcohol duty does not disproportionately burden worse-off

New research from the Institute of Alcohol Studies has claimed that higher alcohol taxes could benefit disadvantaged groups.

Very little infrastructure spending directed to flooding

Just over one per cent of government infrastructure spending in England will go towards flood defences.

New house building in Wales gets £24m boost

Julie James has announced that a further £24 million is being injected immediately into building more new affordable homes in Wales.

New support for survivors of domestic violence

The government will provide £16.6 million to 75 projects across England to help fund domestic abuse refuge services.

£220m to help achieve net-zero in Scotland

Kate Forbes has said that the new Scottish National Investment Bank has Scotland’s transition to net-zero carbon emissions at its centre.

Carbon neutral aim key to Cambridgeshire budget

Cambridgeshire County Council has agreed its budget for 2020/21 including plans to take significant steps towards becoming carbon neutral.

Knife crime epidemic fuelled by cuts

The Youth Select Committee says cuts to important services for vulnerable young people have caused a rise in knife crime.

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