A new Rural Planning Review has been commissioned to explore measures to reduce regulatory burdens to support productivity in rural areas, including the support of new homes, jobs and innovation.

A report conducted by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that many civil servants experience ‘hardship and distress’ when trying to access their pensions, after the MyCSP brought in changes.

The government’s actions to remove ‘unjustifiable barriers’ to people wishing to access their pension fund have been revealed by Harriet Baldwin, economic secretary to the Treasury.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has confirmed a four year finance settlement for local government, which aims to grant councils greater freedom from Whitehall.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned that Chancellor George Osborne could be forced to raise taxes or increase cuts to public spending in order to achieve his set targets.

Barking and Dagenham Council has offered 40 of its tenants a payment of £40,000 in place of a Right to Buy discount, granting tenants a chance to purchase a new home on the open market.

According to a study commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA), a number of families could be priced out of their council accommodation and will be unable to afford alternative housing in the same area.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has claimed that the £700 million which is entitled to care services through the Better Care Fund should be released immediately, as opposed to in instalments over the next four years.

Public sector redundancy will be capped at £95,000 as part of plans to ‘modernise’ public sector pay offs.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the UK is set to invest an extra £1.2 billion of aid to Syria to help fund education, create jobs and further humanitarian protection.

According to research by the Campaign for Better Transport, cuts to council budgets could result in a reduction to subsidies for rural bus routes.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has criticised the government for failing to inform councils on how much funding they can expect to receive, allowing them little time to strategise budget plans for vital public health services.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for transitional support for councils in light of recent funding changes.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK economy has grown 0.5 per cent in the last quarter of 2015, taking the years rate of growth to 2.2 per cent.

Unison has warned that the government should not risk investing local government pension funds on government projects.

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