Suppliers sign up to Prompt Payment Code

32 of the biggest government suppliers have voluntarily committed to pay 95 per cent of invoices within 60 days, which is good news for small businesses.

Volunteers needed to preserve London’s parks

Volunteers may need to be recruited across London to preserve parks as a number of local authorities plan to withdraw all funding by 2020.

Councils acquiring property for investment purposes

A new report has highlighted that an increasing number of local authorities are acquiring property for investment purposes.

Transport investment plan launched

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has launched a new strategy to address how local roads will benefit from a multi-billion pound fund.

A £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund has been launched by Sajid Javid to help unlock 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand.

Devolve public spending to rural areas, urges CCN

A new report is encouraging the government to devolve public spending and tax raising powers to rural areas.

75p in every £1 of council funding cut by 2020

The LGA has warned that local government will have lost 75p out of every £1 of core central government funding that it had to spend in 2015.

Tram-train is late and five times over budget

The experimental tram-train linking Sheffield and Rotherham is expected to be delivered three years late and five times over budget.

Westminster leader calls for affordable housing tariff

A council leader has urged for local authorities to have the power to impose tariffs on developers to provide cash for more affordable housing.

Employers paying more to recruit new staff

The skills gap is costing UK businesses more than £2 billion a year in higher salaries, recruitment costs and temporary staffing.

One in seven private renters spend half income on rent

The LGA has warned that 14 per cent of private renters are spending more than half of their total income on rent.

Mayor launches first London Borough of Culture award

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched the search for the first-ever London Borough of Culture, inviting 32 boroughs to bid for cultural funding.

£6.1 billion programme of upgrades to major roads

The Department for Transport has unveiled a £6.1 billion programme of road improvements.

Renting increases risk of depression and lowers well-being

A new study has revealed that those who rent their homes for longer have more symptoms of depression and lower levels of well-being.

Extra funding will not prevent social care cuts

Damaging cuts to UK social care will continue this year despite the government investing an extra £1 billion to halt the deterioration in services.

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