The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has raised concerns over government spending on consultants and temporary staff, warning that issues identified in 2010 ‘have not been properly addressed’.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has calculated that the government borrowed £1.8 billion more than its initial target of £72.2 billion.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has advised that the government should ensure it remains accountable for the ‘new and experimental’ devolution deals being offered to local areas.

Cabinet Office Minister Lord Bridges has announced to Parliament that the anti-lobbying clause will not be used to curb freedom of speech, and maintained that recipients of government grants can continue to discuss the findings of publicly funded research.

Communities secretary Greg Clark has confirmed the the government’s four-year financial settlement for local authorities will remain unaffected by this year’s Budget cuts.

Plans to to charge council home households earning £30,000 a year unaffordable market rents have come under scrutiny by several housing organisations.

Town hall leaders have called for government clarification on pupil place expectations on the day that pupils await primary schools offers.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has released figures which reveal hospitals are spending millions of pounds on managing children’s rotting teeth, and has called on the government to improve measures to reduce the consumption of sugar.

Peers have voted in favour of an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill which proposed councils should be forced to give the money raised from the sale of high value council homes to the Treasury.

The National Outsourcing Association (NOA) has launched a new programme aimed at improving the success of public sector outsourcing.

Council spending on arts and culture has taken a large hit in recent years, falling by 16 per cent since 2010, according to Arts Council England.

The government has released a short film to promote the Northern Powerhouse to the world.

The Resolution Foundation has published a report on the beneficial effects of Scotand’s new council tax reforms which are set to make England’s council tax system the ‘most regressive’ in the UK.

Communities secretary Gregg Clark has announced a significant programme involving the development of railway stations and surrounding land which is set to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs, in addition to boosting local growth.

The government’s new state pension is set to come into effect on Wednesday 6 April as part of a major package of reforms to tax, pensions and savin

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