March Budget will usher in ‘decade of renewal’

Chancellor Sajid Javid has launched the beginning of the Budget process and announced that it will take place on 11 March 2020.

New build homes to be more efficient from 2024

New regulations will be developed to ensure all new homes built in Scotland will use renewable or low carbon heating from 2024.

HS2 costs ‘out of control’ and benefits overstated

Lord Berkeley has warned that there is ‘overwhelming evidence’ that the costs of HS2 are ‘out of control’.

Pay rise for 2.8 million people revealed for 2020

The government has announced that low-paid workers will receive a 6.2 per cent pay rise with a new National Living Wage of £8.72 per hour.

Project to collate and share bus location data launched

A ground-breaking project will enable bus users to plan routes, estimate journey times and understand costs in advance.

£80 million culture boost for children in schools

More children will be able to learn instruments and play in orchestras or choirs thanks to a £80 million investment in music hubs.

Government pledges £11.8m boost to breakfast clubs

£11.8 million will ensure that more children receive a healthy and nutritious breakfast to set them up for the school day.

Fly-tipping offences soar by 50 per cent

Tougher sentences are needed to deter fly-tipping, with latest figures showing that the issue costs councils £58 million a year to clear up.

Extra support announced for Troubled Families

Families with deep rooted problems will receive extra support to get their lives back on track with up to £165 million of funding.

School funding breakdown announced by government

The government has informed local authorities across the country how much extra education money they will receive next year.

Wales bans use of combustible cladding on high rises

The use of combustible cladding on the external walls of high rise buildings in Wales will be banned from 13 January 2020.

Next London Borough of Culture competition begins

Seven boroughs from across the capital have been invited to City Hall to present their bid to be the next London Borough of Culture.

Queen's Speech delivered to Parliament

The Queen's Speech includes expected promises for the NHS, as well as legally-binding targets on climate change and NLW increases.

Nearly a third of England's secondary schools running deficits

New financial analysis by Reform has found that 28 per cent of local authority maintained secondary schools in England are in the red.

Wales pledges further funding for cleaner transport

Investing in low emission vehicles and creating a more resilient transport system are to receive Welsh Government funding.

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