Surrey County Council has confirmed it is seeking to increase council tax by 15 per cent, a move which could lead to a county-wide referendum, in a bid to plug a gap in social care costs.

Poole Council has scrapped plans for a £250,000 revamp of its civic centre after widespread criticism.

HMRC has announced it is introducing a new technology to its services that will recognise a customer’s voice when they call and reduce call times.

More than 200 authorities have opted to join the Local Government Association’s (LGA’s) Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA), set up to manage council auditing contracts.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced a series of grants totalling £4 million, which will allow museums and galleries across England to increase access, improve displays and enhance public spaces.

New research from Rural England has highlighted that rural communities are suffering from a ‘patchy’ provision of key services and has called for more to be done to fill the gaps.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a funding pot of £29 million to help community and third sector projects tackle poverty.

Glasgow City Council is to increase council tax for the first time since 2005, raising the figure by three per cent.

RSTA calls for further action to tackle potholes

To mark National Pothole Day 2017, the RSTA has published new facts and figures which highlight the deteriorating state of local roads.

Norfolk council tax set to rise 4.8 per cent

To cover the increased cost of social care and a budget overspend, Norfolk County Council is set to increase its council tax by 4.8 per cent.

Bristol Council has announced it is set to increase council tax by five per cent, equalling just over £6 per month for a Band D household - from April, in a bid to balance its books.

Islington Council’s 2017/18 budget proposals include £40 million to build badly-needed new council homes.

It has been reported that Warrington Borough Council will spend £30 million on buying a 33 per cent stake in a new bank.

Arts Council England is investing £800,000 to put art and culture at the heart of plans to boost the visitor and tourist economy in the Midlands.

The Hendry Review, reporting on the strategic role of tidal lagoons in the UK, has backed plans for the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

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