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Sixty Icon MPs raise concerns over £9.1 billion local enterprise partnerships
A Whitehall department has been told it needs to “get its act together” to ensure public money is not being wasted in a critical report from the Commons spending watchdog.
Mail Online - Posted 16/03/2018

Government 'blunder' denies 50,000 stay at home mothers right to full state pension, MPs warn
A Government blunder may have resulted in 50,000 stay at home mothers missing out on a full state pension due to changes to the child benefit system, MPs have warned.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 16/03/2018

Sixty Icon Northamptonshire County Council 'should be scrapped'
Cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council should be scrapped, according to a government report.
BBC - Posted 16/03/2018

Scrap Northamptonshire county council, inspectors say
Report into widespread financial and management failures says bailing out council would be ‘reward for failure’.
The Guardian - Posted 16/03/2018

Sixty Icon Government ‘should drop last year of rent cut’ to fund fire safety work
Housing leaders have told government it could help fund essential fire safety work in tower blocks by dropping the 1% rent cut or choosing not to charge VAT.
Inside Housing - Posted 15/03/2018

Power in the country lanes
It may not be obvious what relevance a ditch by the roadside in the southern English countryside has to big policy issues about the structures of local government.
LocalGov - Posted 15/03/2018

Javid approves supermarket scheme with 4% affordable housing
Housing secretary Sajid Javid has overruled a council to grant supermarket giant Sainsbury’s planning permission to build 683 homes, just 4% of which will be affordable.
Inside Housing - Posted 15/03/2018

Sixty Icon John Healey: ‘Housing crisis now goes beyond the policy’
Shadow housing minister says homes crisis goes to the very basics of how society should work.
24 Housing - Posted 15/03/2018

Sixty Icon Government wants to ‘work with the sector’ on Universal Credit
Speaking on Day Two of the National Housing Federation finance conference, Couling said it would be good to work with housing associations to iron out problems with the flagship policy.
24 Housing - Posted 15/03/2018

Sixty Icon PDF: Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper - March 2018
Britain is a great place to live. We want everyone to make the most of the opportunities that living here offers.
GOV.UK - Posted 15/03/2018

Sixty Icon Court of Appeal to rule on Government challenge against benefit cap decision
The ruling follows a High Court judge’s conclusion last year that ‘real misery is being caused to no good purpose’.
Belfast Telegraph - Posted 15/03/2018

Integration plans criticised over English-language teaching cuts
Labour says measures proposed by communities secretary are ‘overdue, small first step’.
The Guardian - Posted 15/03/2018

Sixty Icon John McDonnell: This is absolute complacency from an out of touch government
The Chancellor displayed the most astounding complacency yesterday. Eight years of austerity spending cuts mean that our public services face a crisis on a scale that has not been seen before in this country, from children’s services to social care.
LabourList - Posted 15/03/2018

Diane Abbott: The wrong priorities
The spring statement from Philip Hammond was truly shocking in its smug complacency. To listen to the Tory Chancellor, anyone would think we have entered a ‘golden age’ of economic prosperity. His statement bore no relation to the facts.
LabourList - Posted 15/03/2018

Westminster Labour will scrap the Council’s homelessness strategy
If elected to run the Council on May 3rd Labour will scrap Westminster’s current cruel homelessness strategy and instead work to ensure that Westminster residents who need temporary accommodation are supported closer to home where ever possible.
Westminster Labour - Posted 15/03/2018

Sixty Icon Our Bill Will Protect Tenants Who Flee Their Homes To Escape Domestic Abuse
Last year, 5,086 social housing tenants fled their homes to escape domestic abuse... This new legislation will give them a much-needed helping hand in some of the darkest hours of their lives.
Huffington Post - Posted 14/03/2018

Sixty Icon Northamptonshire council chief appointment 'lacked transparency'
The appointment of a £1,150-a-day interim chief executive at a cash-strapped council "lacked transparency", a union has claimed.
BBC - Posted 14/03/2018

Hammond upbeat on growth and spending in spring statement
Chancellor says economy will beat forecasts and that Britain’s ‘best days lie ahead of us’.
The Guardian - Posted 14/03/2018

Sixty Icon UK will save no money from Brexit for next five years, says OBR
Country will continue paying divorce bill until at least 2064, predicts budget watchdog.
The Guardian - Posted 14/03/2018

Sixty Icon Philip Hammond hints at public spending increases later this year
Chancellor’s spring statement suggests that drop in deficit may release money for services.
The Guardian - Posted 14/03/2018

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