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Minister rules outs Yorkshire-wide devolution deal

11/07/2017

A Yorkshire-wide devolution deal has been ruled out by Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry.

Redundant public sector workers urged to be more mobile in new report

16/06/2015

Former public sector staff have been warned to find new jobs in the private sector quickly to avoid being unemployed for too long, in a briefing paper from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Councils forced to convert 1,000 'inadequate' schools into academies

03/06/2015

New measures will force councils to convert schools rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted into academies.

Queen's Speech 2015: Housing Bill outlined

27/05/2015

Council chiefs have demanded a lead role in housebuilding and greater powers to help deliver the Government’s Housing Bill commitments outlined today.

Queen's Speech 2015: Devolution, Right to Buy and welfare reform

27/05/2015

Proposals to ensure the devolution of cities and expand Right to Buy to social housing tenants were outlined in the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in nearly two decades today.

Queen's Speech: Councils await devolution and housing vows

27/05/2015

Plans to give cities greater economic powers and a controversial extension of the Right to Buy scheme to 1.3 million social housing tenants will be among Bills set out today in the first Conservative Queen’s Speech since 1996.

Clark urged to tackle £47bn local government pension deficit

19/05/2015

The £47bn deficit in the local government pension scheme (LGPS) should be a top priority for new communities minister, Greg Clark, experts area advising.

Greg Clark appointed new local government secretary

11/05/2015

Greg Clark has replaced Eric Pickles as the new secretary of state for communities and local government, as part of David Cameron's post-election reshuffle of frontbench ministers.

Reynolds appointed shadow communities secretary

11/05/2015

Emma Reynolds has today been appointed shadow communities secretary following a Labour frontbench reshuffule made in the wake of the party’s disastrous general election result.

Lib Dem local government minister and Labour shadow lose seats

08/05/2015

Local government ministers and their shadows suffered opposed fortunes in last night’s tumultuous general election result.

Voters head to the polls for local elections

07/05/2015

Voting takes place in 279 English local authorities today, amid predictions of dramatic gains for UKIP and a drubbing for Conservative councillors.

Local politicians more trusted than Whitehall finds poll

29/04/2015

A new poll has revealed that residents trust their local politicians twice as much as their Westminster counterparts.

Vague manifesto tax pledges leaving voters 'in the dark', says IFS

23/04/2015

Leading public finance experts have condemned the main political parties’ manifesto spending pledges for refusing to spell out the detail of where funding would be cut.

Budget 2015: Welfare cap fits £21bn savings for Osborne

18/03/2015

The Government’s welfare cap is on track to deliver £21bn savings through changes to benefit payments and reforms to eligibility, the chancellor confirmed today.

Budget 2015: Councils could keep full fruits of business rates growth

18/03/2015

Local authorities have provisional agreement to keep the full yield of additional business rates growth, chancellor George Osborne announced in today’s Budget.

All councils should be reinspected following Rotherham child abuse, say MPs

17/03/2015

All local authorities in England should be examined by Ofsted to ensure they are tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), a report from a panel of MPs is demanding.

Business rates to be radically reformed

16/03/2015

A 'radical' review of business rates is to be conducted by the Government in order to create a 'fair and efficient' system.

Balls attacks 'extreme' Tory spending cuts

09/03/2015

Local government service budgets ‘would barely exist’ under Osborne’s plans, shadow chancellor Ed Balls has today claimed.

Poorest areas hit hardest by council cuts, study shows

06/03/2015

The most deprived areas have been hit hardest by council spending cuts over the current parliament, a public finance think tank has reported.

Think tank calls for further devolution to LEPs

02/03/2015

Devolving greater power to Local Enterprise Partnerships could boost the economy by £144bn, a report from think tank Localis is arguing.

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Challenging rateable values

Roger Messenger calls on councils to assess their entire property portfolio and identify every business rate exemption or relief they may be entitled to.
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