Policing in Northern Ireland faces the biggest shake-up in years due to budget pressures and the reorganisation of local government, a senior officer has said.  

DCLG is providing an extra £12m to help join up health and social care services to reduce delays in discharges and ensure more people stay out of hospital in the first place.

A further £1bn will be invested in regional economies in a major expansion of the Government's Growth Deals, David Cameron has announced.

Removing Government funding for local emergency welfare schemes would be an expensive mistake as every £1 spent is currently saving the public purse more than £2 by helping people avoid homelessness, council chiefs have argued.

Councils should move from being statutory providers of housing to being at the heart of delivering of homes across all tenures in their area, a major study has concluded.

Welsh council leaders have been left "astounded" after public services minister Leighton Andrews rejected proposals voluntary mergers.

Lancashire County Council has deferred making a final decision on planning applications for two of the biggest fracking exploration sites in the UK.

The rising cost of caring for elderly residents means councils will have to raid £11bn from the budgets of other services, such as fixing potholes and running libraries, from April, the Local Government Association has claimed.

DCLG has come in for heavy criticism from MPs after a new report concluded that although Government cuts are hitting the most deprived local authorities hardest, the department has little understanding of their impact on either financial viability

The poorest households and youngest children have been worst hit by Government cuts and changes to taxes and benefits, despite a pledge that the rich would carry the burden of austerity, according to a new study.

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