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An inquiry examining what approach Whitehall should take to funding local government as part of upcoming spending review has been launched by MPs.

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Health MJ: Pandemic halts mental health help

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Credits up for grabs

English councils have until 18 May to apply for universal credit pilot projects, launched ahead of radical reforms to benefits.

Civil service strike threat

Hundreds of civil servants are taking part in a ballot over industrial action.