Welsh councils cut spend on hearing equipment by 15 per cent, figures show

Figures obtained by Action on Hearing Loss Cymru has indicated that spending on specialist equipment for people who have hearing loss has been cut by an average of 15 per cent over the past four years.

Council tax rise unlikely to recompense funding cuts

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further cuts to local services over the coming year.

Potholes to rise due to rise in use of heavy lorries, LGA warns

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that pothole levels are likely to surge because of a spike in levels of heavier lorries wearing down roads.

MoJ announces pay rise to boost prison staffing levels

Prison officers from 31 prisons in London and south-east England are set to receive pay rises of up to £5,000, in a bid to encourage more recruits to join the service.

Businesses to benefit from accurately lower bills

Figures have shown that thousands of businesses across the country are set to benefit from falls in their business rates bills.

£20m to support victims of domestic abuse

76 projects across the country will receive a share of £20 million government funding to support victims of domestic abuse.

£90m budgets cuts planned for Liverpool

Liverpool City Council has revealed budget cuts of £90 million over the next three years after seeing a 68 per cent reduction in funding.

Record number of businesses underpaying workers, official figures show

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a list naming 360 businesses who have underpaid 15,520 workers a total of £995,233.

Social care system running on ‘borrowed time’, Age UK warns

A new report from Age UK has concluded that the UK is living on borrowed time to save the social care system for older people.

Government announces £40m to tackle child trafficking

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a £40 million package of government measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and to crack down on offenders.

Dundee CC plans 2.5 per cent council tax rise

Dundee City Council has announced plans to increase council tax by 2.5 per cent.

BBC analysis reveals Help to Buy’s impact

Analysis by BBC News has shown that one in three new build properties outside London were bought through the Help to Buy scheme.

Warrington Borough Council’s executive board has approved plans for a devolution deal with Cheshire, with a final decision due in July.

Employment rate reaches new high

The current employment rate is 74.6 per cent – the highest employment rate since records began in 1971.

19 million living on inadequate income

A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed that nearly a third of the UK population is living on an ‘inadequate’ income.

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