Councils planning to bid for ‘significant’ devolved powers will need to have their bids signed off by ministers before the Autumn spending review, Budget papers indicate.

The government has promised to create a ‘higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country’ as Chancellor George Osborne delivered the first fully-Conservative Budget in the House of Commons since 1996.

Leaders of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton Councils met on Monday to discuss the creation of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The government has reached an agreement with the BBC that the corporation will take on the cost of providing free television licences for over-75s. This will be phased in from 2018/19 with the BBC taking on the full costs from 2020/21.

The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for new powers to tackle people who throw litter from cars.

Two of the largest local government pension funds have pooled their £10 billion assets in a bid to reduce costs by £32 million.

Secretary for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark has called upon councils to seize the opportunity for devolution and take power away from Westminster.

Key public bodies across the country will be legally required to take steps to prevent people from being radicalised under new counter-terror measures.

The military, emergency services and Government are testing their ability to handle a terror attack in London’s largest counter-terrorism exercise to date.

The Local Government Association (LGA) have warned that councils in England could face a £3.3 billion reduction in central government funding for local services in 2016/17.

Islington Council has warned that proposed cuts to the benefit cap will likely lead to a rise in child poverty and homelessness in the borough.

A government programme designed to release public land for new housing has been criticised for misleading statistics and a lack of proper monitoring.


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