HS2 has received the green light to start building work after legislation paving the way for the high-speed rail line gained Royal Assent.

HOUSING starts hit the highest level since 2007 in the three months to December, although completions dipped, according to officials figures.

BIRMINGHAM councillors have been warned not to publicly discuss the departure of chief executive Mark Rogers amid claims he was removed to appease the Government-appointed panel overseeing the authority, according to reports.

ALMOST £3.7m in Government funding is to be shared among councils to help improve air quality.

CHILDREN'S social care settings will be subject to a new common inspection framework from 1 April, Ofsted has announced.

A DRAMATIC increase in the number of children with complex needs and life-limiting conditions has raised concerns that services are not keeping pace, charities have warned.

NEARLY 600,000 additional school places were created by the Government and local authorities between 2010 and 2015 but "significant challenges" remain in meeting demand and dealing with a deteriorating schools estate, according to the National Audit Office.

TRANSFORMATION plans designed to bring about essential NHS reforms are not credible without additional investment in social care, the King's Fund has warned.

COUNCIL SERVICES will be pushed "perilously close to financial edge" over the next few years after the Local Government Finance Settlement confirmed there will be no new money for the sector, Lord Porter has said.

POTHOLE numbers are likely to surge because of a spike in heavier lorries on the roads, councils have warned.