DCLG reveals measures to block brownfield sites

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced new plans to help councils speed up development of derelict and underused land for new homes.

BEIS announces £290m boost for clean energy

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has invited renewable energy developers to compete for £290 million worth of contracts to support the growth of clean energy in Britain.

IPSA mistakenly publishes MPs’ confidential data

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has confirmed confidential personal information about 3,000 MPs' staff and their salaries has been mistakenly published online.

Millicent Fawcett statue erected in Parliament Square

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced a statue of Millicent Fawcett, one of the leading figures in the campaign

Khan accuses government of lacking transparency over Heathrow expansion

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, has accused the government of failing to provide answers on how Heathrow can be expanded without severe noise, air quality and road and rail impacts on London.

 DWP launches reformed illness support packages

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that the Personal Support Package aimed at helping people with health conditions will roll out from April, along with wider reforms to ensure a fair welfare system.

Khan launches vehicle pollution checker

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has unveiled a new emission scoring scheme which allows motorists to identify and avoid buying the dirtiest diesel and most polluting petrol cars and vans.

Help to Buy used by over one million, figures show

Government figures have shown over one million people have used the Help to Buy scheme when looking to buy a property.

May signs Article 50 letter

Prime Minister Theresa May has signed the letter to formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union.

Sajid confirms return of full powers to Tower Hamlets

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that full democratic accountability will be returned to Tower Hamlets Council.

DFID should better strategise UK aid spending, MPs say

The International Development Committee (IDC) has published a report supporting DFID spending on UK aid but highlighting a lack of emphasis on strategy in the spending.

CMA highlights benefits of digital comparison tools

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a paper on its market study into digital comparison tools (DCTs), exploring the tools’ increasing use in helping people decide what to buy.

Housing estates awarded £32 million for regeneration

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that more than 100 housing estates across England are set to benefit from a 32 million Estate Regeneration Fund to kick-start their regeneration.

Council competition encourages residents to pay council tax by direct debit

South Lanarkshire Council has launched a competition offering the chance to win a year’s free council tax for those who signed up to pay for council tax by direct debit by 1 April.

LGA calls for powers to ban pavement parking

The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged the government to allow local authorities to ban pavement parking across the country to crack down on inconsiderate motorists.

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