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The UK’s success at recycling may be being boosted by fraudulent exports of unrecyclable materials, auditors have claimed.
The time is now right to extend the responsibilities of local government in Northern Ireland through greater devolution from Stormont, a new report said today.
Labour has demanded immediate Right to Buy (RTB) reforms after figures obtained by The MJ revealed the amount councils lose to Whitehall under the regime.
Labour would scrap right to buy, and give councils new borrowing freedoms and central funding in a bid to kick-start house building, the party said today.
Council tax is ‘outdated and regressive’, and the Government should consider scrapping it in favour of a fairer system, according to a think tank.
The Government will work with five local authorities to develop integration plans as it develops a national strategy for England, it has announced today.
Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.
Scotland’s Government is under pressure to reverse planned council budget cuts after MSPs warned ministers created an ‘expectation’ town hall staff would receive pay hikes.
Local authorities will not be forced to sell high-value council homes until at least April 2019 after lobbying from the sector.
The Housing Revenue Account cap will be lifted for councils in ‘high-demand areas’ and stamp duty will be scrapped for most first-time buyers, chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Budget speech today.