Employment rate reaches new high

The current employment rate is 74.6 per cent – the highest employment rate since records began in 1971.

19 million living on inadequate income

A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed that nearly a third of the UK population is living on an ‘inadequate’ income.

 Councils pay out £35m in unfit housing legal fees

Information collated via a BBC Freedom of Information (FoI) request has found that councils in England have paid out over £35 million in compensation fees to tenants living in unfit council homes, over the past five years.

Pensioners incomes exceeds working families

Research has revealed that pensioners in the UK are now an average of £20 a week better off than working households.

MPs highlight threat of public park decline

A report has highlighted a period of decline facing public parks and encourages councils to publish strategic plans to address the problem.

Edinburgh City Council has announced it will be raising its tax bills by three per cent, to accommodate for spending plans, including a £12 million refurbishment of North Bridge, £7.8 million to address the costs from rising school rolls and an extra £2.5 million to spend on roads and pavements.

A report on Bristol City Council’s finances, conducted Steve Bundred, the former chief executive of the Audit Commission, has concluded that its £29 million deficit was a result of a ‘collective fairly of leadership’.

A bid to merge all council services in Dorset under the control of two new authorities has moved a step closer.

A report shows that men in their 20s are earning £12,500 less than the previous generation owing to the changing nature of work.

There must be a radical change in workforce strategy if the UK is to attract necessary numbers of social care workers post-Brexit.

Southwark Council has announced plans to join a shared IT service with two other London local authorities.

Elizabeth Truss has announced that a new frontline service focused on reforming offenders and cutting crime will launch in April 2017.

Inverclyde council has announced plans to freeze its basic council tax bills.

A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned that tax is expected to rise as a share of the UK’s income, to its highest level in 30 years.

Surrey Council has scrapped its plans to increase its council tax by 15 per cent, and has instead approved a rise of 4.99 per cent.

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