75p in every £1 of council funding cut by 2020

The LGA has warned that local government will have lost 75p out of every £1 of core central government funding that it had to spend in 2015.

Tram-train is late and five times over budget

The experimental tram-train linking Sheffield and Rotherham is expected to be delivered three years late and five times over budget.

Westminster leader calls for affordable housing tariff

A council leader has urged for local authorities to have the power to impose tariffs on developers to provide cash for more affordable housing.

Employers paying more to recruit new staff

The skills gap is costing UK businesses more than £2 billion a year in higher salaries, recruitment costs and temporary staffing.

One in seven private renters spend half income on rent

The LGA has warned that 14 per cent of private renters are spending more than half of their total income on rent.

Mayor launches first London Borough of Culture award

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched the search for the first-ever London Borough of Culture, inviting 32 boroughs to bid for cultural funding.

£6.1 billion programme of upgrades to major roads

The Department for Transport has unveiled a £6.1 billion programme of road improvements.

Renting increases risk of depression and lowers well-being

A new study has revealed that those who rent their homes for longer have more symptoms of depression and lower levels of well-being.

Extra funding will not prevent social care cuts

Damaging cuts to UK social care will continue this year despite the government investing an extra £1 billion to halt the deterioration in services.

Corbyn to challenge public sector pay cap

The Labour Party will table an amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for the one per cent public sector pay cap to end.

Council homes sold at triple rate of building

Council homes are being sold off almost three times faster than local authorities can replace them.

Gloucester to run property portfolio to raise funds

Gloucester City Council will set up a Property Investment Board to make decisions on buying and selling properties to raise council funds.

Hinkley Point a ‘risky and expensive project’

Government plans for the new £18 billion Hickley Point nuclear power station are ‘not value for money’ and is a ‘risky’ project.

Utility companies support for Grenfell victims

A number of utility companies have announced a package of support for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, alongside government funding.

Surrey recycling centre plans to save £2 million-a-year

Surrey County Council has launched a consultation on proposals to save up to £2 million-a-year from community recycling centres.

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