Local government secretary Greg Clark has praised Portsmouth’s growth, despite suffering cuts to its council’s funding pot.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has raised concerns over government spending on consultants and temporary staff, warning that issues identified in 2010 ‘have not been properly addressed’.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has calculated that the government borrowed £1.8 billion more than its initial target of £72.2 billion.

Home Secretary Theresa May has proposed a new law which will target MPs, councillors and civil servants which are suspected of financial corruption.

Cabinet Office Minister Lord Bridges has announced to Parliament that the anti-lobbying clause will not be used to curb freedom of speech, and maintained that recipients of government grants can continue to discuss the findings of publicly funded research.

Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) investment decisions will remain with local authorities, the government has confirmed.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has said that it is ‘pleased and encouraged’ by the news that NHS England is reconsidering funding the new HIV treatment Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Communities secretary Greg Clark has confirmed the the government’s four-year financial settlement for local authorities will remain unaffected by this year’s Budget cuts.

Cambridgeshire County Council has called for communities secretary Greg Clark to urgently discuss the prospect of returning to talks over separate East Anglian combined authorities.

Housing organisation Tpas and SHOUT have called on the government to change its plans to charge households in council homes earning £30,000 per year in unaffordable market rents.

Local authorities are being warned they could owe residents million of pounds in overpaid water bills, after a London council was found guilty of overcharging its tenants for waters and sewage services.

According to BBC Scotland, the country’s first government-backed public bike hire scheme, conducted by Dumfries council, has been put on hold after it failed to win popular support.

Plans to to charge council home households earning £30,000 a year unaffordable market rents have come under scrutiny by several housing organisations.

Council spending on arts and culture has taken a large hit in recent years, falling by 16 per cent since 2010, according to Arts Council England.

Sutton Council is set to provide insurance services to three neighbouring boroughs, including Reigate and Banstead, Epson and Ewell and Surrey Health councils.

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