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    1. July 29, 2016

      Regions seek guarantees over EU funding

      Billions of EU funding for projects in the English regions could be at risk, according to council leaders, who fear...

    2. May 13, 2016

      Law on truancy set to be tightened after UK court backs parent

      The law on truancy is set to be tightened after the High Court ruled in favour of a father who refused to pay a fine...

    1. March 27, 2016

      Conservative party faces rising grass roots rebellion

      Downing Street is facing a growing rebellion among grass roots Tories, with plans for sweeping school reforms and...

    2. March 15, 2016

      Councils voice pay and job concerns over apprenticeship drive

      The government’s apprenticeship drive will force councils to recruit tens of thousands of trainees each year despite...

    3. March 14, 2016

      Water delays are fuelling the housing crisis, claims report

      Water companies and other utility providers are fuelling the housing crisis by being slow to hook sites up to the...

    4. February 23, 2016

      UK council tax increase ‘not enough’ to cover elderly care costs

      A rise in council tax will not be enough to cover the cost of elderly and disabled care because of higher staff costs,...

    5. February 17, 2016

      Councils join criticism of starter homes plan

      Local councils in England and Wales have joined a chorus of calls for changes to the government’s starter homes...

    6. February 15, 2016

      Cabinet embroiled in battle over Israeli goods boycott

      The British government has found itself at the centre of a battle between Israel and Palestinian campaigners, after...

    7. January 19, 2016

      Multibillion-pound municipal bond market stuck at zero

      The dream is for local authorities in Britain to tap the global bond markets to counter the deep cuts imposed on them...

    8. January 8, 2016

      Rise in parents caught making fraudulent school applications

      An increasing number of parents saw school places for their children withdrawn after making a fraudulent application,...

    9. January 6, 2016

      Skills shortage slows housebuilding in the UK

      The number of homes with planning permission that have yet to be built has hit a record level in England, highlighting...

    10. December 17, 2015

      Local councils face billions more in cuts

      Local councils are facing billions more in cuts and will, by the end of the decade, be expected to finance themselves...

    11. November 24, 2015

      Senior Tory warns on using devolution to pass buck for cuts

      Powers should not be devolved from Whitehall simply to distance Westminster from political responsibility for the cuts,...

    12. November 4, 2015

      Property developers face big increase in planning fees

      Property developers are facing a big increase in the fees they are charged for making planning applications as part of...

    13. September 21, 2015

      Minister eyes 1m new homes over 5 years

      The government wants 1m new homes to be built during the next five years to tackle the UK’s mounting housing shortage....

    14. September 21, 2015

      Local government pushes for greater spending powers

      Economic growth worth at least £80bn to the UK could be unlocked by devolving power and funding to the regions, the...

    15. September 21, 2015

      Expanding housebuilders struggle to find workers

      Housebuilders are feeling bullish enough to plan expanding their workforces despite persistent gripes about skill...

    16. September 1, 2015

      Councils warn of £10bn cost pressure on top of budget cuts

      Local authorities have warned that they face nearly £10bn of extra cost pressures in the coming years, mostly as a...

    17. August 16, 2015

      UK trains ‘too many hairdressers, and not enough bricklayers’

      Britain is training “too many hairdressers and not enough bricklayers”, according to the body representing local...

    18. August 4, 2015

      High Court quashes attempt to liberalise planning rules

      The High Court has dealt a humiliating blow to government attempts to liberalise the planning system, by forcing it to...

    19. July 26, 2015

      Social housing rent reforms to cost councils £2.6bn

      UK government cuts to social housing rents will cost local councils £2.6bn over the next five years, according to...

    20. July 19, 2015

      Planning law change hits low-cost housing, councils claim

      Moves to liberalise planning policy will make it harder to build subsidised low-cost housing, according to a survey of...

    21. July 17, 2015

      Delay to cap on care home costs sparks furore

      Ministers faced a backlash on Friday after delaying a cap on social care costs while failing to promise that the sums...

    22. July 16, 2015

      Funding gap threatens care home fee cap

      The government is preparing to retreat from an election promise to cap the sums elderly people have to pay towards care...

    23. July 12, 2015

      England and Wales councils need extra £1bn to pay living wage

      Cash-strapped local authorities will have to find more than £1bn extra by 2020 to pay for the new national living wage,...

    24. June 29, 2015

      Leading Tory calls for end to protection of NHS budget

      The most senior Conservative in local government has called for an end to the ringfence protecting National Health...

    25. April 14, 2015

      General election: Fears build over move to extend Right to Buy

      A Conservative manifesto pledge to extend Right to Buy to 1.3m housing association tenants was intended to emulate the...

    26. April 12, 2015

      Northamptonshire council takes outsourcing to different level

      A Conservative-run Midlands county council is blazing a trail for providing public services in an age of austerity....

    27. April 4, 2015

      Councils struggle to replace sold-off homes

      Local authorities are struggling to replace council houses sold through the Right To Buy programme of sales to tenants...

    28. March 29, 2015

      Scrap price slump cools hot metal trade

      Rail travellers face the usual disruption from maintenance works over Easter, while many churchgoers will be tapped up...

    29. March 6, 2015

      Poorest areas hit hardest by UK cuts, research finds

      The UK’s poorest areas have been hit hardest by local government spending cuts and are likely to lose most again in the...

    30. February 26, 2015

      UK government blocks local decisions on EU funds

      Ministers have angered English councils and economic development bodies by saying only London would be allowed to...

    31. February 18, 2015

      Public services in danger without devolution, says report

      Some public services will collapse if the next government does not pursue radical devolution of powers, funding and...

    32. February 16, 2015

      Council tax puts strain on family budgets

      Council tax has overtaken credit cards as the most common debt problem in Britain, highlighting the strain on family...

    33. February 1, 2015

      Cash-strapped councils to raise billions with new municipal bonds

      Britain’s local authorities are on the verge of creating a multibillion-pound municipal bond market, amid growing...

    34. January 25, 2015

      Movers & shakers: January 26

      Nikko Asset Management has welcomed back Naoki Kamiyama (pictured) after 15 years. Mr Kamiyama rejoins as chief...

    35. January 13, 2015

      Councils claim extra £5bn required to fund school places

      Local authorities have complained that the government has left them nearly £5bn short of the funds they need to provide...

    36. December 18, 2014

      Council grant cuts ‘fair’, says coalition

      Local authorities in England and Wales will see their main government grant cut by £2.6bn next year, under plans set...

    37. December 12, 2014

      Councils net £667m in parking charges

      Local councils in England made £667m in profit from parking charges in the last financial year, according to RAC...

    38. December 11, 2014

      Tax credits study reveals scale of low pay in local government

      Local government employees are as likely to receive tax credits to top up their incomes as workers in the retail...

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