Somerset County Council is facing a £24 million overspend this financial year, as a result of expensive social care costs and a reduction in government budgets.

Edinburgh City Council has ordered a survey of its council buildings, after 17 of the region’s schools were closed as a result of safety concerns.

A new investigation by ITV programme Suspended: Britain’s Pay Scandal? highlighted that over 1,172 council staff have been suspended from work on full pay, in the last three years.

Norfolk County Council has launched a new Social Care Academy to recruit and retain social workers and encourage former social workers back to the profession, in order to address the staff shortage.

Derbyshire County Council has introduced new rules which allow parents to take their children on holiday during term-time, so long has the child’s attendance over the previous 12 months is above 94 per cent.

In an interview with the BBC, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested that the UK will begin formal negotiations to leave the EU in early 2017.

Research carried out by the Resolution Foundation has found that the number of votes cast by ‘baby boomers’ in the 2015 general election significantly outnumbered those cast by younger ‘millennial’ voters.

A report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has highlighted that the government’s pledge to revolutionise the process of probation is far from complete.

The Bank of England has told the government that the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee Scheme is no longer needed.

Warwickshire County Council has announced a set of options it will consider to achieve savings of around £67 million by 2020.

January will see Hull become the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, with officials describing the title as the ‘beginning of a cultural renaissance’.

More than 300 writers have urged Culture Secretary Karen Bradley to ‘set a new course' for libraries 'after years of decline’.

A new report has said that devolution plans should be re-assessed to ensure financially disadvantaged areas aren’t set even further back.

Newly released figures have shown that more than 312,000 households have now benefited from government-backed home ownership schemes.

A public consultation has found that transport is a top priority for the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Hundreds of nursery schools could close if the government presses ahead with plans to offer 30 hours a week of free childcare, the NAHT has warned.

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