Homelessness charity Crisis has published a review of homelessness legislation, calling for councils to be forced to act sooner to prevent people from resorting to living on the streets.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has raised concerns over government spending on consultants and temporary staff, warning that issues identified in 2010 ‘have not been properly addressed’.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has calculated that the government borrowed £1.8 billion more than its initial target of £72.2 billion.

Home Secretary Theresa May has proposed a new law which will target MPs, councillors and civil servants which are suspected of financial corruption.

According to a survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), planning delays are ‘one of the biggest barriers to growth’ in the construction sector.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has advised that the government should ensure it remains accountable for the ‘new and experimental’ devolution deals being offered to local areas.

Cabinet Office Minister Lord Bridges has announced to Parliament that the anti-lobbying clause will not be used to curb freedom of speech, and maintained that recipients of government grants can continue to discuss the findings of publicly funded research.

Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) investment decisions will remain with local authorities, the government has confirmed.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has said that it is ‘pleased and encouraged’ by the news that NHS England is reconsidering funding the new HIV treatment Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Communities secretary Greg Clark has confirmed the the government’s four-year financial settlement for local authorities will remain unaffected by this year’s Budget cuts.

Cambridgeshire County Council has called for communities secretary Greg Clark to urgently discuss the prospect of returning to talks over separate East Anglian combined authorities.

Housing organisation Tpas and SHOUT have called on the government to change its plans to charge households in council homes earning £30,000 per year in unaffordable market rents.

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