CUTS to local government funding in next week's Scottish Government spending plans will lead to "severe" consequences for jobs, councils have warned.

SEGREGATION, deprivation and social exclusion are getting worse in some areas of Britain, combining in a "downward spiral" with a growth in regressive religious and cultural ideologies, a major review has warned.

TOWER HAMLETS is set to regain control over issuing grants as part of a "phased return" of powers after Government-appointed commissioners said the London borough has made progress in tackling serious governance problems.

LORD FREUD has resigned as minister for welfare reform and will retire, the Government has announced.

A £50m-A-YEAR fund to address underperformance in schools is to open to councils next year, the Government has announced.

Over a quarter of a million people in England are homeless, according to new research by charity Shelter.

CLEAN AIR ZONES, new efforts to encourage walking and cycling, and using Local Plans to site buildings away from busy roads are some of the measures councils should implement harmful air pollution, according to a new report.

JOB SATISFACTION in the public sector has hit the highest level since 2012, although staff are still reporting higher levels of pressure and exhaustion than any other sector.

BENEFIT sanctions cost taxpayers millions to apply and monitor, along with millions more in hardship payments for those affected, but the Government does not track their impact on public spending or understand their benefits, the National Audit Office has said.

A CHARITY is looking to recruit local authorities as "innovation partners" to spread a new approach to tackling homelessness.