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Highways for wildlife
Published : 26 January 2015

Roads and railways will become better suited to wildlife and withstanding climate change under a project by Natural England and partners. The ... read more

£4 million for local transport in rural and isolated areas
Published : 26 January 2015

Baroness Kramer, the Transport Minister, has announced that up to £4 million is being made available to pilot new and better ways of delivering ... read more

Driving licences to display Union Flag
Published : 26 January 2015

British motorists will be able to fly the flag with pride in the new year thanks to government plans to display the Union Flag on driving licences, ... read more

£6 billion to help fill potholes and improve local roads
Published : 26 January 2015

A record £6 billion will be spent on tackling potholes and improving local roads between 2015 and 2021, the Transport Secretary Patrick ... read more

National pothole day
Published : 26 January 2015

Motorists are “biting back” in the UK’s first National Pothole Day, shaming roads “blighted” by damage and “savaged” ... read more

Backlog of road repairs
Published : 26 January 2015

Councils are facing a huge backlog of road repairs, with some authorities needing up to £100 million to complete work, according to new ... read more

Councils must do more to prove value of senior staff
Published : 26 January 2015

Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, has called on councils to be more open about top earners and prove to taxpayers that they are getting ... read more

Redundant staff rehired in £5 billion spending spree
Published : 26 January 2015

Local councils are rehiring staff they have recently made redundant in a “scandalous” £5 billion spending spree on agency and ... read more

Councils spending millions to ‘prop up’ drinks industry
Published : 26 January 2015

Councils are being forced to divert at least £1.5 million a month from frontline services to “subsidise” the drinks industry, ... read more

Audit Commission warning on parish council audit quality
Published : 26 January 2015

More than 1,000 small bodies have had their accounts qualified in the previous year, according to the final report from the Audit Commission. ... read more

Transparency code for councils with turnover under £25,000
Published : 26 January 2015

The Government has published the final version of this Code which replaces the need for external audit for parish councils with turnover less ... read more

Council tax referendum principles and highest spending parishes
Published : 26 January 2015

When presenting the local government financial settlement to Parliament on 18 December 2014, (which included applying referendum principles to ... read more

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