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Spring Statement 2018: what you need to know
The Chancellor has presented his first Spring Statement to Parliament – here's a summary of what he said.
GOV.UK - Posted 13/03/2018

Hammond stands by present housing policy progress
Spring statement sees no new policy announcements, but comes with confirmation of major housebuilding programme for the West Midlands.
24 Housing - Posted 13/03/2018

Sixty Icon NHF calls for land for social housing ahead of Spring Statement
The National Housing Federation (NHF) has called on the government to make public land available for social housing development, ahead of a Spring Statement expected to be quiet for the housing sector.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/03/2018

Sixty Icon Information watchdog denounces council over Grenfell failings
Kensington & Chelsea told it may face court over poor response to freedom of information requests.
The Guardian - Posted 13/03/2018

Sixty Icon Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellor
Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.
The Guardian - Posted 13/03/2018

Sixty Icon Sajid Javid accused of ‘failing’ on Grenfell pledge over tower blocks
Labour said nine months after the blaze only seven out of 301 buildings identified with suspect cladding had received remedial work.
Belfast Telegraph - Posted 13/03/2018

Everyone in UK must speak English by set deadline, says former integration tsar
'I would set a target that says by x date we want everybody in the country to be able to speak a common language'.
The Independent - Posted 13/03/2018

Sixty Icon Theresa May seeks to break Brexit deadlock with Scotland and Wales
Prime minister to meet Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones in latest talks over repatriation of EU powers.
The Guardian - Posted 13/03/2018

Sixty Icon Chancellor Philip Hammond to unveil spring statement
The UK economy is in better shape than expected, Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to say in his spring statement.
BBC - Posted 13/03/2018

Sixty Icon Buckinghamshire unitary council plan backed by minister
Proposals for a new unitary authority covering Buckinghamshire have been given the backing of the government.
BBC - Posted 13/03/2018

Sixty Icon Housing minister open to considering changes to borrowing cap policy
The housing minister has said he is open to considering changes to the government’s policy of lifting the borrowing cap only for certain councils.
Inside Housing - Posted 12/03/2018

Major changes to Bucks as government pushes forward with super-councils plans
Plans to abolish all five councils in Bucks and replace them with a single unitary authority have been given the green light by Government.
Bucks Free Press - Posted 12/03/2018

‘Don’t blame local councils for housing shortage’
Local authorities should not take the blame for the housing shortage, a Lewes Liberal Democrat councillor said this week.
Sussex Express - Posted 12/03/2018

Sixty Icon Housing Minister announces homes boost for rural families
Rural communities will be given more options to convert agricultural buildings into family homes to better meet local housing needs through planning rule changes.
24 Housing - Posted 12/03/2018

Sixty Icon Lib Dems call for overhaul of council powers
Party wants to see more investment in social and affordable housing.
24 Housing - Posted 12/03/2018

Newham mayoral hopeful calls for vote on scrapping role
Rokhsana Fiaz is challenging Sir Robin Wales, the mayor of the London borough since 2002.
The Guardian - Posted 12/03/2018

Sixty Icon The first Spring Statement: no surprises sprung?
On Tuesday 13 March the Chancellor Phillip Hammond will present the first Spring Statement to Parliament.
Institute for Fiscal Studies - Posted 12/03/2018

Theresa May's post-Brexit 'global Britain' pledge is just a 'slogan', MPs warn
'Confusion' about the Prime Minister’s phrase for maintaining international standing outside the EU risks 'damaging the UK’s reputation'.
The Independent - Posted 12/03/2018

Sixty Icon Government Announces £300m For 10 Million Brits Who Will Live To 100
Measures will help pensioners stay in their own homes.
Huffington Post - Posted 12/03/2018

Philip Hammond: there is light at the end of the tunnel for UK debt
Chancellor says public finances will improve but councils will not get a major cash injection.
The Guardian - Posted 11/03/2018

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