Councils will be allowed to decide how many starter homes are built in their area after peers at the House of Lords supported two amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill.

Sutton Council is set to provide insurance services to three neighbouring boroughs, including Reigate and Banstead, Epson and Ewell and Surrey Health councils.

Communities Secretary Gregg Clark has declared that despite some progress being made, Tower Hamlets council has some way to go until it sees the return of its powers.

Five councils across the country have joined forces with police, the Food Standards Agency and the Department for Communities and Local Government to target rogue traders who flout regulations.

The next phase of the One Public Estate initiative has been launched, offering councils up to £500,000 to support the delivery of ambitious property based initiatives.

The governent has been defeated in the House of Lords over plans to offer ‘affordable’ homes to first time buyers at a 20 per cent discount.

The merger of the Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) and London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) has been approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Chelmsford City Council in Essex has been forced to amend a controversial law that criminalised ‘rough sleeping’ after a petition was launched campaigning against the move.

The Resolution Foundation has published a report on the beneficial effects of Scotand’s new council tax reforms which are set to make England’s council tax system the ‘most regressive’ in the UK.

Communities secretary Gregg Clark has announced a significant programme involving the development of railway stations and surrounding land which is set to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs, in addition to boosting local growth.

The LGA has criticised government plans to repair nearly 1 million potholes over the next year, claiming that councils need ‘more than 230 times’ the money that has been allocated.

Leeds City Council has signed a multi-million pound deal to develop new housing on brownfield sites.

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