Gateshead Council appears set to rejoin six other local authorities in the North East working to bring an elected mayor to the region.

Almost 400 refugee children living in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp are eligible to come to the UK, campaigners have claimed.

Nicola Sturgeon is initiating the ‘biggest ever political listening exercise’ to convince Scottish voters an independence referendum is needed.

New analysis by the Press Association has found that councils are citing funding by an average of 29 per cent, under new reduced budgets.

Newcastle City Council has accumulated £2.4 million from issuing fines to motorists caught using bus lanes.

Figures compiled by Huntsman Security have shown that the local government sector has reported 202 more security breaches, a 14 per cent increase on the year before.

Lancashire council has confirmed it will be shutting down more than 20 libraries, as part of a wider strategy to operate under a reduced budget.

The Women and Equalities Committee has warned that ‘urgent action’ is needed to protect expectant mothers at work from discrimination.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for the Work and Health Programme (WHO) powers to be devolved to local authorities in order to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

Simon Kirby, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, has announced the introduction of the Pensions Advice Allowance, aimed at making retirement planning easier.

MPs and council leaders have written to Prime Minister Theresa May pressing the government to act on flood defence recommendations before the arrival of Winter, after its review was delayed.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has cautioned that the government’s new Pay to Stay policy will be near impossible to implement on time, due to the administrative complexities involved.

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