Lancashire County Council has rejected a second planning application from oil and gas giant Cuadrilla to carry out exploratory fracking at a site between Blackpool and Preston, despite a recommendation that it be approved.
Council chiefs have called for new disruption orders that can be used to intervene when parents, police or social workers fear a child is being groomed to be included in the Government's policing and criminal justice bill.
Councils in England face a £3.3bn cut in central government funding in 2016-17 and will face a £9.5bn funding gap by the end of the decade, according to new analysis by the Local Government Association.
The Scottish Government has unveiled a "radical" Land Reform Bill that would end a rates exemption for shooting and deerstalking estates and give communities the right to buy land to further sustainable development.
Right to Buy sales of council properties outpaced replacements of housing by a factor of more than 10 to one during 2014-15, prompting a warning that extending the policy to housing association tenants will only put a significant dent in the suppl
Councils in London have called for greater powers and financial freedoms to tackle homelessness after official figures showed an 11 per cent rise in the number of households in the capital living in temporary accommodation.