Barking and Dagenham Council has offered 40 of its tenants a payment of £40,000 in place of a Right to Buy discount, granting tenants a chance to purchase a new home on the open market.

According to a study commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA), a number of families could be priced out of their council accommodation and will be unable to afford alternative housing in the same area.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has claimed that the £700 million which is entitled to care services through the Better Care Fund should be released immediately, as opposed to in instalments over the next four years.

Public sector redundancy will be capped at £95,000 as part of plans to ‘modernise’ public sector pay offs.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the UK is set to invest an extra £1.2 billion of aid to Syria to help fund education, create jobs and further humanitarian protection.

According to research by the Campaign for Better Transport, cuts to council budgets could result in a reduction to subsidies for rural bus routes.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has criticised the government for failing to inform councils on how much funding they can expect to receive, allowing them little time to strategise budget plans for vital public health services.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for transitional support for councils in light of recent funding changes.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK economy has grown 0.5 per cent in the last quarter of 2015, taking the years rate of growth to 2.2 per cent.

Unison has warned that the government should not risk investing local government pension funds on government projects.

Local authorities in the South West have called for an increased rate of devolution in order to help boost the economy in their region.

Following the storm that affected much of the United States at the weekend, the Met Office has warned that parts of the UK should prepare for more heavy rainfall and possible flooding as it makes its way across the Atlantic.

The government’s so-called bedroom tax has been ruled as discriminatory by Court of Appeal judges, following a legal challenge submitted in November.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has proposed that councils should be fined up to £5,000 a day for leaving roadworks unmanned during the weekends.

Employment Minister Priti Patel has launched a £2.5 billion European Social Fund (ESF) programme at Styal prison in Cheshire, aimed at helping to prepare female prisoners for the world of work.

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