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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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,...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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....

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. February 15, 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...

    15. 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...

    16. January 25, 2015

      Movers & shakers: January 26

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

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. October 8, 2014

      Office to home conversions threaten future of City

      London mayor Boris Johnson has teamed up with business lobbyists and the property industry to warn that government...

    22. October 8, 2014

      Businesses evicted to make way for flats

      Businesses in the UK are losing out to housing developers, as a result of a change in government planning policy,...

    23. September 19, 2014

      UK government under pressure over English devolution

      The Scottish independence referendum has placed the UK government under intensifying pressure for change to the way...

    24. September 17, 2014

      Councils at risk with development deals

      Councils are turning to property development to help balance their books in the face of funding cuts, but risk being...

    25. August 7, 2014

      Scottish vote fuels row over Barnett formula

      Scotland’s independence referendum is fuelling controversy about one of the UK’s thorniest issues – the share-out of...

    26. July 7, 2014

      Millions in the UK training for non-existent jobs

      Within a decade millions of people in the UK will have qualifications for non-existent jobs, the new chairman of the...

    27. June 23, 2014

      Council and school staff vote to strike

      Britain faces one of its biggest protests against the effects of government spending cuts after local government...

    28. March 23, 2014

      More state land must be used for homes, says Sir John Ritblat

      More needs to be done to free up land for housebuilding if the government is to reduce the risk of a bubble in the...

    29. February 11, 2014

      Planners seek cash for fast ruling

      Westminster Council has sought permission from the Treasury to accept cash payments from property developers to speed...

    30. August 28, 2013

      Serious imbalance in UK policy making, warns Local Government Association

      Plans to give English MPs a greater say over England-only legislation will fail to address the serious imbalance in UK...

    31. July 4, 2013

      Councils warn of widening financial black hole

      The financial black hole faced by councils is widening by £2bn a year amid “counter-productive” funding cuts, and could...

    32. June 26, 2013

      Arts organisations express relief over funding settlement

      Arts bodies expressed relief that George Osborne had protected the sector from draconian cuts in the spending review...

    33. June 26, 2013

      UK cuts will ‘stretch essential services to breaking point’

      Further steep cuts in funding for local councils “will stretch essential services to breaking point in many areas”, Sir...

    34. June 20, 2013

      Ed Miliband eyes penalties for builders who fail to develop land

      Housebuilders would face financial penalties for sitting on undeveloped land under Labour plans to boost building and...

    35. May 9, 2013

      Councils warn of local services ‘meltdown’ due to cuts

      Ministers should end the ringfence around health and education budgets to prevent a “meltdown” in local services,...

    36. April 1, 2013

      Town hall bonus for new homes under fire

      A £3bn programme to reward councils that oversee more homebuilding is facing calls for an “urgent review” after...

    37. March 26, 2013

      Survey shows local service cuts to come

      The Conservative chairman of the Local Government Association has warned of the “calm before the storm”, as a survey of...

    38. March 14, 2013

      Highways on road to ruin, warn councils

      As ministers focus on securing external investment in key infrastructure projects, they have been warned that much of...

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