The Department of Health (DoH) has announced a new £15 million fund will be made available for councils to bid for, to provide safe accommodation for people suffering mental health crises in public spaces.

A new report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called on the government to improve its transparency regarding cost and performance data.

According to housing charity Shelter, the government’s Right to Buy extension is likely to cost the average council in England £26 million per year to fund.

Charities have urged councils to call off bailiffs pursuing vulnerable residents for council tax debts.

A new partnership between Kier Living, Cheyne Capital and The Housing Growth Partnership has been launched to pool £1 billion in order to construct 10,000 new homes, in partnership with local authorities and housing associations.

Derby City council has begun offering new social workers a £10,000 incentive, to be used towards a mortgage.

A report conducted by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned that the government’s plan to extend its Right to Buy policy lacks clarity.

Unison has announced that it will accept a two-year pay deal for local authority workers, following a meeting of local government representatives a

According to a new report by APSE and the New Policy Institute (NPI), councils could be unable to fund services such as parks, highways and refuse collection by 2020.

The government has invested £60 million in accelerating innovation across the Midlands Engine.

Local councilors and MPs have opposed plans for new elected mayors for three rural parts of England, claiming the move would be expensive and an unwanted extra tier of government.

The Commons environment committee has called for more ‘clean air zones’, targeting polluting vehicle drivers, to be established across cities in England.

Local government secretary Greg Clark has praised Portsmouth’s growth, despite suffering cuts to its council’s funding pot.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has raised concerns over government spending on consultants and temporary staff, warning that issues identified in 2010 ‘have not been properly addressed’.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has calculated that the government borrowed £1.8 billion more than its initial target of £72.2 billion.

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