A £300m fund to help firms facing the biggest business rates hikes needs to be distributed "as speedily and fairly as possible", an industry body has said.

SUNDERLAND City Council has become the first local authority in the country to voluntarily transfer the running of its children's services to a not-for-profit company.

Natural capital accounts are an emerging concept in measuring the holistic impact of investment. But what are they? Bram Miller and Samathan Deacon of Ramboll Environ take a look.

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council's chief executive Clare Marchant has resigned to become the new CEO of university admissions body UCAS.

LICENSING committees should be scrapped as part of a radical overhaul of the system, a House of Lords committee has said.

BROWNFIELD land registers detailing previously used sites suitable for housebuilding will have to be drawn up by all local authorities under new measures announced by the Government.

ONE IN 10 councils cut social care spending per adult by more than a quarter between 2009-10 and 2015-16, according to new research.

BREXIT will have an immeasurable impact on all aspects of public services and will provide a catalyst for "much-needed" reform, a new CIPFA report has said.

THE SUPREME COURT has upheld a council's decision to fine a father for taking his daughter on holiday during the school term.

COMMUNITY-led efforts to give local people greater control over services in their area are to get a £3m boost from the Government.

A HOUSING BENEFIT "scam" that often leaves vulnerable people living in poor and dangerous accommodation must be shut down and more rogue landlords jailed, councils have said.

GMB SCOTLAND members have voted to accept this year's local government pay offer from COSLA.