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LGA urges Whitehall to show faith in local areas as GM marks ‘landmark’ devo day

01/04/2016

Council leaders have hailed the devolution of health and social care budgets to Greater Manchester as a defining moment and urged other Whitehall departments to ‘follow suit’.

Government hails living wage as a breakthrough for pay equality

01/04/2016

Government analysis predicts the National Living Wage will eradicate the pay gap between the lowest paid men and women by 2020.

Government urged to intervene over local plan delays

01/04/2016

MPs have called on the Government to clarify how it will tackle ‘dawdling’ local authorities that do not have a local plan in place by 2017.

Report: Public sector must intervene to solve housing crisis

31/03/2016

The Government should abandon its over-reliance on the private sector to solve the housing crisis and commit to substantial public investment and a bigger role for local authorities, a new report has warned.

Workless households at a 10-year low

31/03/2016

Latest official figures show the number of workless households has fallen by 20% since 2010.

Polling shake-up planned after inquiry into general election debacle unearths flaws

31/03/2016

‘Unrepresentative samples’ were to blame for pollsters’ failure to predict last year’s general election result, an inquiry has found.

Enterprise allowance kick-starts 80,000 new firms

30/03/2016

A Government scheme that encourages jobseekers to launch businesses has created more than 80,000 new firms in the last five years with Liverpool generating the most start-ups.

Report: Teenagers criminalised due to children’s homes failures

30/03/2016

Children’s homes too often resort to involving police rather than offering teenagers in their care the support they need, according to a new report.

Enterprise zones continue to drive jobs growth

30/03/2016

More than 1,900 jobs were created across England’s 24 enterprise zones between July and September last year, latest figures have revealed.

Councils told to ‘take the fight to the fraudsters’

23/03/2016

Councils have been issued with new guidance that is designed to combat the estimated £2bn lost through fraud every year.

Report reveals £12bn road repair backlog

23/03/2016

It will take 14 years to clear the current backlog of road repairs across England thanks to ‘decades of underfunding’, a new report has warned.

Threat of legal action forces Chesterfield into devo rethink

23/03/2016

Chesterfield Borough Council is to review its move to become part of the Sheffield City-Region in a bid to avoid ‘money being wasted on an unnecessary legal challenge’.

Government provides £86m guarantee to kick-start Aberdeen scheme

23/03/2016

The Government has backed major development plans in Aberdeen with an £86m guarantee.

Councils attacked over ‘scandal’ of care workers’ unpaid travel time

23/03/2016

Councils have come under fire for their role in more than 200,000 care workers being paid less than the minimum wage.

Study underlines important role for supported lodgings

23/03/2016

Supported lodgings offer young people a nurturing environment and should be promoted in order to cut the number of care leavers living in ‘unsuitable bed and breakfasts’, a report has found.

Transition fund carve up leaves Wolverhampton feeling ‘robbed’

04/03/2016

Analysis by the BBC has found stark differences in the levels of transition funds being provided to councils across the country.

Scotland’s council tax reforms ‘an offence against local democracy’

04/03/2016

Local government leaders in Scotland have described Government council tax reforms as ‘bizarre’ and warned they will merely add more red tape.

Welsh councils launch autism awareness campaign

04/03/2016

A new programme has been launched to raise awareness of autism among primary school children in Wales.

Review of school places ordered after council alters admissions process

04/03/2016

Bolton Council is to check whether any children missed out on their preferred school after an investigation found the authority had changed admissions criteria without informing parents.

Deptford bids to ‘get back its mojo’ with new parish council

02/03/2016

A campaign has been launched to establish London’s second parish council under the Localism Act.

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