PAC calls for more action on improving CCS

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has advised that the government can make substantial savings from buying common goods and services centrally, but that the results of the its latest attempt to do so have been ‘disappointing’.

DCLG confirms 6,000 uses of community rights to protect local assets

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has cited over 6,000 uses of community rights, protecting over 4,000 buildings, green spaces and other local assets.

MoJ reveals plans for 5,000 modern prison places

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss has unveiled plans for four new prisons in England and Wales, creating 5,000 modern prison places to replace old and overcrowded establishments.

Joint inquiry launched into UK air pollution crisis

Four select committees have launched a joint inquiry on air quality to scrutinise cross-government plans to tackle urban pollution hotspots.

Tower Hamlets to receive full control of powers

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said that full powers could be returned to Tower Hamlets council following a two-year intervention by central government.

New mayor set for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal has been agreed, with a new mayor to be elected on 4 May.

DCLG introduces flexible homelessness support grant

Councils will gain greater flexibility to prioritise homelessness prevention under a new flexible homelessness support grant.

£70,000 election expenses fine for Tories

The Conservative Party has been fined £70,000 for incorrectly reporting spending on three by-elections in 2014 and the 2015 General Election.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the government will not proceed with the proposed increases in NIC for the self-employed

Devolution hindered by endless change, IfG concludes

A report by the Institute for Government (IfG) has warned that endless ‘tinkering’ by the government in sub-regional policy has hindered the effectiveness of the devolution of powers.

Westminster Council opposes phone box junk ads

Westminster City Council has raised concern over plans to install 80 phone boxes in locations across the city.

MP investigated over election expenses

According to a report by the BBC, Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, is being investigated over allegations of overspending in the 2015 general election campaign.

The National Surveillance Camera Strategy has called on councils to share information about how they are using surveillance camera systems.

DCMS announces chair of social Youth Social Action Review

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has appointed Steve Holliday as the chair of the Youth Full-Time Social Action review.

Legislation has been proposed to abolish Right to Buy, the Preserved Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire for tenants of local authorities and registered social landlords after a period of at least one year following Royal Assent.

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