A new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has stated that the planned more to the national living wage should be abandoned.

Theresa May has promised to pursue George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse plans, despite the former Chancellor not being in her cabinet office.

According to a report by the Wales Audit Office (WAO) Welsh councils have increased their financial reserves by £244 million between 2009-2014, despite cuts to their main source of income.

Aberdeen City Council has agreed plans to set up arms-length energy company, which will manage all the local authority’s energy-related activity.

According to a study by Prestige Nursing + Care, the annual cost of a care home for elderly people has risen to over £30,000 annually, increasing well above the rate of pensioner incomes.

Hampshire County Council has been fined £100,000 after social care files containing sensitive data about adults and children were discovered in a former council building.

Cornwall Council has warned that it could still lose out on ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ in the event of a Brexit, despite assurances.

HMRC has revealed that small businesses and the self-employed will be exempt from new plans to make tax reporting digital.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has claimed that the government’s pledge to replace EU funding has fallen short of the full figure.

Councillors from Hull City Council have criticised the move to consider a new round of savings measures, claiming it would lead to ‘further cuts to services people rely on’.

The government has launched a new funding system for nurseries, preschools and childminders, in a bid to support its 30-hour free childcare policy.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a £2 million fund for councils to capitalise on emerging technologies and deliver better journeys for motorists.

The RAC has called on local authorities to repair potholes and maintain a high road quality standard, in order to save on compensation costs.

London Councils has created a new, borough-wide counter-fraud hub, aiming to save taxpayers an average of £60 million a year.

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a proposal to divert fracking funds destined for local authorities to be given directly to households instead.

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The annual Digital Government conference will be returning to the QEII Centre, London on Thursday 24th May.