In an interview with the BBC, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said he will focus on spending on new homes and transport, ahead of November’s Autumn Statement.

Newport Council is set to double the amount of council tax on long-term empty homes in the region as part of a wider plan to tackle the issue of vacant properties.

Liverpool City Council has approved plans to sell Grade II listed Municipal buildings as part of the local authority’s attempt to generate £90 million of savings over the next three years.

North east devolution could be pursued again amid reports that three councils are seeking their own deal.

Tees Valley has received the transfer of £15 million of government money through the region’s ground-breaking devolution deal.

A new report has warned that Lancashire County Council will run out of money within three years.

Childcare costs could ‘sky-rocket’ as nurseries await less funding for a free government childcare scheme, a charity has warned.

The Liverpool City Region is to benefit from improved bus services and investment in the local economy through a new agreement.

Wokingham Borough Council is considering a move to make £19 million in savings, which could means it will not provide key services such as lollipop crossings.

The potential cost to council taxpayers of converting all schools to academies is £320 million, says the LGA.

Wakefield Council has appointed design and consultancy firm Arcadis to deliver its Property and Facilities Management Services.

The government has responded to a consultation about reforms to public sector exit payments.

Somerset County Council is facing a £24 million overspend this financial year, as a result of expensive social care costs and a reduction in government budgets.

A new investigation by ITV programme Suspended: Britain’s Pay Scandal? highlighted that over 1,172 council staff have been suspended from work on full pay, in the last three years.

The Bank of England has told the government that the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee Scheme is no longer needed.

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