The UK’s inflation rate rose to 0.1 per cent in November, turning positive for the first time in four months.

Under new proposed amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill, council house tenancies could be limited to a maximum of five years, phasing out lifelong agreements.

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is one of 77 projects set to receive a £3 million cash boost to develop coastal towns and resorts.

Prime Minister David Cameron will announce plans for local authority social services in England to face tougher measures, if they are found to be failing vulnerable children.

The National Employers have made a two-year deal to unions, which will see council staff being offered a one per cent pay increase from April 2016, and a further one per cent the following year.

All large public sector bodies will be required to take on a set number of apprentices this year, which will ensure they make up 2.3 per cent of the public sector workforce.

Labour has retained its seat in Oldham West and Royton, in the first by-election of this parliament.

Housing experts have denounced the government’s ‘pay to stay’ policy, claiming forcing social housing tenants with higher incomes to pay more in rent will discourage them from increasing their earnings.

MP’s have agreed a tax on sugary drinks should be introduced as a measure to tackle child obesity in England.

The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) has warned that planned cuts to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) budget will mean councils losing out and only being able to provide basic services.

George Osborne has revealed that councils will be given even more powers over decision making in their local areas as part of his Spending Review and Autumn Statement.

As part of his joint Spending Review and Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne has revealed that the housing budget is to be doubled to £2 billion a year.

A report conducted by the Trade Union Congress (TUS), for the Fabian Society, has outlined where public spending cuts have undermined service quality by reducing provision and increasing waiting times for critical services.

Data published by the RAC Foundation has revealed that 2,375 council-maintained road bridges are unable to carry the heaviest vehicles, and it will cost £328 million to repair them.

The government has announced plans to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025 and restrict their use by 2023.

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