A survey conducted by ComRes has found that the majority of local people feel they should be more involved in the devolution process and have mixed feelings about which powers should be devolved.

According to official figures the number of starts and completions on new build homes has reached a seven year record high, with over 143,500 new builds started, the highest level since 2008.

New figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have found that the number of people sleeping rough in England has increased by 30 per cent over the past year.

The government has cancelled its contract with Steatite to develop a GPS tracking system for offenders after spending £21 million on the project.

The Education and Adoption Bill, allowing quicker intervention when a school is coasting or failing, has been approved by Parliament and is due to be passed to Her Majesty the Queen for royal assent.

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that 90 per cent of job centres will offer the benefit of Universal Credit, helping people to work faster and earn more.

John Cridland, chairman of Transport for the North, has said there is no guarantee that investing billions into the Northern Powerhouse project will help the North of England, the BBC has reported.

Research conducted by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has found only 45 per cent of nurseries will be increasing the number of free places on offer, due to funding fears.

The UK’s employment rate has hit a record high, rising to 74.1 per cent.

Starter homes could be out of reach fro the majority of families in England, according to new analysis from the Local Government Association (LGA).

Fire and rescue services could be at risk due to further cuts to funding, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned.

47 per cent of public sector workers doubt the management skills of their leadership teams, according to a new report.

The BBC has reported that hundreds of planned new sheltered accommodation units have been delayed or scrapped owing to proposed cuts to housing benefits.

According to an evaluation of the Help to Buy equity loan scheme, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government, 43 per cent of newly built homes have been achieved directly as a result of the programme.

Spend on traffic calming measures has increased by 53 per cent since 2013, according to research from Churchill Car Insurance.

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