275,000 houses are now planned for England’s Green Belt, despite government pledges to protect the countryside, a report says.

86 per cent of council maintained schools are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, compared to 82 per cent of academies

Local government secretary Greg Clark has praised Portsmouth’s growth, despite suffering cuts to its council’s funding pot.

The County Councils Network (CCN) has cautioned that the government’s academisation plans are being pursued with ‘undue haste’ and could pose a significant risk to schools.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has recommended that restaurants should offer free tap water to families which eat out instead of waiting fo

North Lanarkshire Council has launched an investigation into allegations of corruption, after an anonymous letter was received claiming serious deceitful behavior in the council’s procurement process.

Homelessness charity Crisis has published a review of homelessness legislation, calling for councils to be forced to act sooner to prevent people from resorting to living on the streets.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has raised concerns over government spending on consultants and temporary staff, warning that issues identified in 2010 ‘have not been properly addressed’.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has calculated that the government borrowed £1.8 billion more than its initial target of £72.2 billion.

Home Secretary Theresa May has proposed a new law which will target MPs, councillors and civil servants which are suspected of financial corruption.

According to a survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), planning delays are ‘one of the biggest barriers to growth’ in the construction sector.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has advised that the government should ensure it remains accountable for the ‘new and experimental’ devolution deals being offered to local areas.

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Event Diary

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

On the 16th & 17th of May, UK’s most ambitious SME owners, startup owners, creative leaders and decision makers will take part in what is being Europe’s largest business event.