The government has announced a one per cent pay rise for council employees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who earn more than £14,880 a year, with "slightly higher increases" for lower earners.

Councils are to receive their share of a £183.5 million government fund to pay for road repairs following recent severe weather.

George Osborne's 2014 budget statement pledged money to repair Britain's infrastructure following recent major flooding.

It was announced today that public sector pensions will be maintained at current rates.

Businesses looking to invest in a tax-efficient way have been handed a boost by the Annual Investment Allowance outlined in the Budget 2014.

Birmingham’s NEC Group of exhibition centres has been put up for sale by the city council to help pay an outstanding equal pay settlement of £1.1bn bill.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has said that plans to scrap the Local Welfare Assistance (LWA) fund could “make it increasingly difficult to help vulnerable people facing short-term crises.”

The Audit Commission has said that the cost of managing local authorities has risen by a tenth in the last decade, and that a lack of monitoring is preventing savings from being made.

The Ministry of Justice has reduced the amount of time offenders will need to disclose details of low level convictions. The government hopes this will help more offenders enter gainful employment.

The government has announced that in the next financial year, increases in council tax of over two per cent will require a local referendum in the affected council.

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded £112 million to help end what they call 'the revolving door of care' for people with complex multiple needs such as homelessness and addiction.

Safety experts reminded public service bodies of the importance of upholding health and safety standards when working with contractors at an event in Nottingham.


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