Employment has reached a record high of 74.2 per cent, with over 31 million people in work across the UK.

In a report, the Commons Public Account Committee (PAC) has cautioned that plans to offer pre-schoolers in England 30 hours of free childcare may be jeopardised if not enough childminders and nurseries can offer places.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that the number of children developing Type 2 diabetes will continue to rise unless the government issues a ‘wake up call’ and strengthens its childhood obesity strategy.

A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the cost off paying off historic debts is squeezing out council’s dwindling revenue resources.

The risks posed by proposed plans to give local authorities the ability to retain 100 per cent of business rate revenue must be addressed before the plans are rolled out, a report from the Communities and Local Government Committee has warned.

Draft guidelines to offer incentives for early guilty pleas could lead to overcrowding in prisons, a report from the Justice Committee has warned.

A scheme set up by Enfield Council to reduce how much is spent on accommodation for vulnerable families has reportedly saved almost £1 million.

Sandwell Council’s children’s social care services are facing the possibility of being transferred to a voluntary trust, after receiving an inadequate rating by Ofsted inspectors.

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has said the council must generate £44 million in savings by next year, in order to address a £60 million budget gap.

Mark Drakeford, the new local government secretary, has said the plans to shake-up councils in Wales is due to be redrawn.

The twenty small to medium sized northern cities contribute to nearly a third of the north’s economy, according to a report from Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North.

Lincolnshire County Council has backtracked on plans to turn of street lighting at 10pm following calls from local residents.

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