Business secretary Sajid Javid has announced that the £900 million North East devolution deal is ‘off the table’, after four out of the seven local authorities voted against the plans.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to ban the use of ‘golden hellos’ by independent fostering agencies attempting to encourage foster carers away from local authorities.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for a shake-up of boundaries in Birmingham which would lead to more wards by fewer politicians.

Waste management company Amgen Cymru, owned by Rhondda Cynon Taf council, has been criticised by the GMB union over its employment practices.

The Committees on Arms Export Controls has called on the UK government to cease the selling of weaponry to Saudia Arabia, after evidence has suggested the trade has likely been used to violate international humanitarian and human rights laws.

The UK is set to begin preliminary talks with Australia exploring the possibility of a future free trade deal.

Newcastle City Council has accumulated £2.4 million from issuing fines to motorists caught using bus lanes.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for the Work and Health Programme (WHO) powers to be devolved to local authorities in order to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

According to a new poll conducted by We Own It, 57 per cent of people believe the government should allow councils to run their own bus services.

Highland Council is set to sign a contract with WIPRO Holdings UK ltd, allowing the contractor to oversee its technology, including the roll-out of tablet computers in schools.

The first national overview of what each fire and rescue authority pays for 25 common items of uniform and equipment has been published.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has handed Merton Council powers to determine the future of Wimbledon football stadium.

52 per cent of small firms have been stung by unfair contract terms with suppliers, costing nearly £4 billion in the last three years.

Forest Heath District Council has announced it has purchased one of the largest council owned solar farms in the UK, in a move that is expected to bring in an annual income of up to £700,000.

A report by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has found that the number of adults visiting public libraries in England has fallen by almost a third in the last decade.

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