Funding inequalities could destroy public services in rural areas

20.11.17: Central government funding per resident in county authorities was almost 50% below large cities last year, with councils saying the situation could quickly deteriorate, new research released today by the County Council Network (CCN) has found. ...

Major growth investment includes £1.7bn city transport fund

20.11.17: The government has today announced that it will release £1.7bn of extra funding for cities ahead of Wednesday’s Budget. Prime minister Theresa May made the announcement, which includes £250m for the West Midlands region to...

Counties and districts clash over suggestion to scrap two-tier authorities

20.11.17: A report suggesting that scrapping district councils could save £2.9bn a year has prompted anger from the District Councils Network (DCN). Research, carried out by independent think-tank ResPublica, has suggested that a switch away fr...

Government quietly pushes back social care green paper to summer 2018

17.11.17: The government has quietly delayed publication of its much-anticipated social care green paper. The document, which was initially expected this autumn, will now be published by summer 2018, first secretary Damian Green has said in a written sta...

Huge London health devolution deal will focus on asset sell-off

17.11.17: A deal to give London unprecedented devolved powers over health and care has been signed by officials today. The agreement includes calls for the NHS to sell off unused land and buildings in the capital and reinvest the money in community a...