First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that a new Living Wage rate of £8.45 an hour has been set in Scotland.

Funding cuts to voluntary groups initially agreed by Highland Council have been blocked after SNP, Lib Dem and other councillors used procedures to recall the issue and halt the implementation of cuts.

Data has revealed that 86 per cent of local authorities spent nothing on IT security training this year.

City of York Council will create a Safe Haven to provide a place of ‘out of hours’ safety for those at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis.

New research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has suggested that council funding reform may mean big winners and losers in local councils.

Nursery providers have warned that increased demand for a new free 30-hour childcare scheme will mean many nurseries are likely to ‘go bust’.

The government is set to review fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT), machines which are common on high streets, and take a closer look at children’s access to gambling.

Financial experts have warned that the latest increase in public sector borrowing will make achieving a budget surplus even harder.

Businesses will now be able to benefit from grants up to £20,000 when switching their large trucks to electric vehicles.

Barnet Council has signed a £150 million contract for major projects including new schools, leisure and community centres.

A community funded park near Kendal has opened, after a a crowdfunding appeal helped raise the £60,000 necessary for its creation.

Small businesses in Scotland are to share a £60 million expansion fund to target growth through innovation and investment.

Highland Council is preparing to make savings of between £47 million and £72 million over the next three years.

The government has abandoned plans to allow pensioners to generate money by selling their annuities to insurance firms.

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has said there will be no end to council cuts despite receiving the best budget settlement in half a decade.

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