HERTFORDSHIRE'S county council and Police & Crime Commissioner are joining forces with Shiva Foundation to tackle modern slavery in the region.

A POLICE INVESTIGATION into electoral fraud and malpractice in Tower Hamlets ahead of the 2014 mayoral election had major failings, a London Assembly committee has said.

WELSH Councils continue to face challenges in producing accurate accounts earlier and managing budget constraints, auditors have said.

£392m will be invested in transport, infrastructure and supporting growth to kick-start the Midlands Engine, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

DELAYED discharges from hospitals due to a lack of suitable home care rose by almost half in the year to January, according to the latest statistics.

BUDGET measures to establish new schools and repairing existing ones are welcome but councils must be handed back powers to build and improve schools themselves if the rising demand for places is to be met, the Local Government Association has said.

THE SPRING BUDGET included an extra £2bn for social care over the next three years, a pledge to reform business rates revaluations, as well as measures to boost skills, ease congestion and boost devolution to London. LGE rounds up reaction to the Chancellor's announcements from local government and beyond.

BUSINESS RATES revaluations will be reformed to make them more frequent and avoid the "dramatic" hikes the present system can deliver, the Chancellor has announced.

SOCIAL CARE will get an extra £2bn over the next three years, with £1bn for 2017-18, to help councils ease pressure on services, Philip Hammond has announced.

YORKSHIRE council leaders are to hold talks on the possibility of pursuing a "White Rose" devolution deal for the whole county, despite the Government saying it opposes the plan.