A report entitled ‘Beyond business rates: incentivising cities to grow’ has argued that councils should be handed more control of their finances, including the £10 billion generated in stamp duty tax.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for a ‘far ranging government backed’ national database to help councils crack down on ‘rogue landlords’.

The government has awarded two new contracts to deliver new training programmes to civil servants across England from March 2016.

The Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) is calling for Scottish local authorities to be fined for failing to meet targets for teacher numbers.

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is one of 77 projects set to receive a £3 million cash boost to develop coastal towns and resorts.

Prime Minister David Cameron will announce plans for local authority social services in England to face tougher measures, if they are found to be failing vulnerable children.

Birmingham City Council has warned that 1,200 jobs could be lost in a bid to generate savings of £250 million over the next four years.

Council leaders have called for tighter controls on Freedom of Information (FoI) requests claiming they are a ‘burden’ on local authorities.

The government has confirmed that councils will be reimbursed for clean up costs following damage caused by Storm Desmond.

All large public sector bodies will be required to take on a set number of apprentices this year, which will ensure they make up 2.3 per cent of the public sector workforce.

A small number of councils are at risk of financial or service failure, a report published by accountancy firm Grant Thornton has cautioned.

Figures published by the Kings Fund suggest that a two per cent increase to fund social care would raise a lot less than the £2 billion figure claimed by Chancellor George Osborne.

Plans to make the Midlands an ‘engine of growth’ by creating 300,000 jobs in addition to boosting the national economy by £34 billion has been unveiled at the University of Birmingham.

Labour has retained its seat in Oldham West and Royton, in the first by-election of this parliament.

Ashford Borough Council and Kent County Council have signed a new district deal to further develop joint working between councils.

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