Taunton Deane councillors have voted in favour of a proposal to merge with Somerset Council.

Following a weekend of major disruption for cross-Channel travellers, the government has been urged to invest more in road infrastructure in Dover.

The Tax Payers Alliance (TPA) is urging the government to abolish the ‘unfair’ stamp duty, as it is preventing people buying their own home.

Thirteen winners will receive a share of the government’s £30 million low emission bus fund to add 326 new buses to their fleets.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for councils to be given extra powers to reject betting shop applications.

Trade union Unison has launched a petition to debate the proposal to pool local government pension funds in order to invest in infrastructure.

Blackburn and Darwen Council has approved a plan to 500 jobs over the next three years, in a bid to generate £13 million in savings.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has overspent by more than £865,000 on using agency workers to cover illness and maternity in the children’s social work sector.

Sheffield City Council has agreed an investment deal with a Chinese company which promises the city millions of pounds worth of funding.

Leeds City Council has warned that 2,000 jobs are at risk as a result of funding cuts, with the council needing to save around £110 million.

Sadiq Khan has introduced an £11 million fund to help eight London boroughs implement new measures to improve air quality in their areas.

A study has revealed that the UK’s ‘grey fleet’ costs employers more than £5.5 billion a year in mileage claims and car allowances.

Core Cities UK has warned that they must have a voice in EU negotiations if they are to close the £66 billion productivity gap.

Since local councils took control of public health from the NHS three years ago, the fight against obesity has cost over £500 million.

According to research by the Confederation of British Industry and the Centre for Economics and Business Research, Londoners living in social housing contributed £15 billion to the capital’s economy, in the year 2015.

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