Property 2 bedroom flat to rent in Glenloch Road, Belsize Park. On with Benham and Reeves for £475 per week.

Property industry welcomes crackdown on hidden charges in the rental market

Councils offered cash to keep weekly bin collections

Weekly bin collections, one of the public services most highly prized by Conservative voters, are to be rescued from the impact of public spending cuts.

Councils' 'wild' spending exposed

Councils were facing questions about their "wild" spending after details emerged of tens of millions of pounds of expenditure on taxpayer-funded credit cards.

Chancellor faces down Cabinet 'jitters' about economic strategy

George Osborne has been forced to fend off doubts about his economic strategy from cabinet colleagues worried that growth is so weak. The Chancellor, who refuses to consider a "Plan B", defended his approach in a discussion on Britain's economic prospects at Tuesday's cabinet meeting.

£2.1m for Auschwitz preservation

The British Government will contribute £2.1 million towards the preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, it was announced today.

Exclusive: The end of the good life

Government paves way for sale of country's 300,000 allotments as plot-holders revolt over plan to scrap historic right to council land

The day Westminster went to traveller city

MPs find a rude awakening on a 'problem-solving' trip to a site threatened with eviction

Services: Council tax bills to freeze or fall

Although not part of the Budget, the Government announced yesterday that council tax is to be frozen or reduced in every local-authority area in England this year – the first year since the tax was introduced in 1993 that it has not increased.

Birmingham Council leader Mike Whitby may face standards watchdog

The Conservative leader of Britain’s largest council faces being reported to the standards watchdog for spending thousands of pounds of public funds on a hotel suite at the Tory Party’s annual conference – even though he lives just a few miles away.

Cable comes out fighting over criticism of growth strategy

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has hit back at critics who believe through "ignorance, amnesia or mischief... that the Government can somehow guarantee an immediate, miraculous, return to rapid economic growth through some all-encompassing plan".

Cameron told to rein in special advisers over negative briefings

David Cameron has been officially reprimanded by the head of the civil service over the "unacceptable" behaviour of some of his special advisers.

The land liberation society: Can people power regenerate wasted urban space?

Graham Norwood visits a new community project to find out

Councillors must vote on high earners

Councillors will have to vote in favour of awarding staff salaries of more than £100,000 under government plans announced yesterday.

West Ham selected to take over Olympic Stadium

West Ham were today officially confirmed as the preferred bid to take over the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games.

Lib Dem council chiefs condemn cuts

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is facing resistance from Liberal Democrat council chiefs over the pace and scale of the coalition Government's spending cuts.

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