According to a report published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), the number of causal care staff employed by councils has fallen by 25 per cent over the past five years.

New powers that will allow local authorities to extend Sunday trading hours in their local area are expected to be introduced this autumn.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has confirmed a four year finance settlement for local government, which aims to grant councils greater freedom from Whitehall.

The growing financial services sector in Yorkshire is set to be promoted to international investors, in a bid to promote economic growth outside of London.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for councils to take control of utilities in their local are as part of plans to ‘roll back the tide’ of privatisation in the public sector.

Barking and Dagenham Council has offered 40 of its tenants a payment of £40,000 in place of a Right to Buy discount, granting tenants a chance to purchase a new home on the open market.

According to a study commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA), a number of families could be priced out of their council accommodation and will be unable to afford alternative housing in the same area.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has claimed that the £700 million which is entitled to care services through the Better Care Fund should be released immediately, as opposed to in instalments over the next four years.

Public sector redundancy will be capped at £95,000 as part of plans to ‘modernise’ public sector pay offs.

The closure of local library services due to funding cuts could be breaking statuary duties, enshrined in legislation dating back to 1850, according to trade union Unite.

A new report published by the Law Commissions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland has criticised the UK’s electoral law as out-of-date and calls for regulations to be replaced with more modern and rational legal framework.

A number of MPs have criticised councils for not consulting the public enough about its devolution plans, and have called upon local authorities to operate with better transparency with regard to their new powers.

Plans are in place to give control of Sunday trading laws over to councils, allowing them to prioritise high streets and city centres.

Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton has announced that the first ever Mayor of Greater Manchester is due to be elected on Thursday 4 May 2017.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has criticised the government for failing to inform councils on how much funding they can expect to receive, allowing them little time to strategise budget plans for vital public health services.

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