Ethical standards in local government to be reviewed
A review into how local government is supporting ethical standards is to be conducted by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Council offers voluntary redundancy to its staff
All non-teaching staff at Shropshire Council have been offered the chance to take voluntary redundancy in a bid to plug a funding gap of more than £59m.
Council agrees exit deal after Carillion collapse
Oxfordshire CC has formally terminated its contract with Carillion following the collapse of the company, bringing forward the end of its contract by four months.
Councils call for permitted development rules to be scrapped
Nearly one in 10 homes built over the last two years was converted from an office, new analysis has revealed today.
Boom in elderly population stretching counties to 'breaking point'
An 'unprecedented' rise in the number of elderly people in rural county areas is pushing counties to breaking point, council leaders have warned.
Five London councils commission programme to keep troubled youngsters out of care
Five London boroughs have jointly commissioned a new programme to help vulnerable young people stay out of care.
Newcastle to transfer 200 council workers to Northumberland under merger plans
Newcastle City Council has approved plans to transfer staff to Northumberland Council as part of plans to share transactional services.
Local authorities left with 'no choice' but to increase council tax
The Local Government Association (LGA) has insisted its members have been left with 'no choice' but to increase council tax after a pressure group found rates have risen by 57% over the past 20 years.
Child referred to social care every 49 seconds, figures reveal
Referrals to council children's services reached 646,120 last year, according to new figures from the Local Government Association (LGA).
Government relaunches housing agency
A rebranded national agency has been launched today by housing secretary Sajid Javid in a bid to boost housebuilding.
Devon councils consider sharing some planning functions
Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council are considering joining forces to deliver planning services.
MSPs warn ‘significant’ issues with City Region Deals must be addressed
A number of concerns about Scotland’s City Region Deals have been raised today by a Holyrood committee.
Councils urged to adopt a ‘changemaking’ approach
A think-tank has warned that a radical cultural shift is needed in local government rather than a rigid redesign of structures.
Christchurch in bid to stop unitary plans
Christchurch BC has warned it could take legal action if the Government forces it to merge with Bournemouth and Poole councils.
Tributes paid after Tameside MBC leader dies over Christmas
Tributes have been paid after a key local government figure died on Christmas Day.
Cable calls for empty homes powers
Lib Dem leader Vince Cable has said councils need to be given the powers and resources to bring empty homes back into use.
Council withdraws objection to unitary authorities in Dorset
Purbeck District Council has agreed to formally withdraw its opposition to the reorganisation of local government in Dorset.
Calls for independent panel to administer compensation for child abuse
Compensation for survivors of child abuse in Lambeth should be decided by an independent panel rather than the council, a councillor has warned.
'Revised timetable' for Universal Credit rollout
The Government has caved into pressure and changed the timetable for the rollout of Universal Credit (UC), The MJ has learnt.
Counties and districts clash over new report
A war of words has broken out between the two tiers of English local government after a report said replacing district councils with single unitary authorities could save £2.9bn a year.