Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire have unveiled plans for the UK's first tri-county combined authority to allow joint working on transport, infrastructure, skills and economic growth.

Eric Pickles has sent in a team of commissioners to take control of Tower Hamlets Council, saying he could not ignore "overwhelming evidence" of governance failures.

Confidence in councils' ability to continue to deliver public services has deteriorated among chief financial officers, with nearly half saying they are more pessimistic about the coming financial year.

The Government's flagship National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is not doing enough to protect communities from unsustainable and unwanted development, MPs have warned.

The UK's first municipal bonds agency, which is expected to cut councils' borrowing costs by around £1bn, has been cleared to enter the launch phase.

More than one in 10 council staff receive working tax credit (WTC) to top up their salaries, with unions warning that pay freezes and below-inflation rises are leaving the local government workforce "increasingly impoverished".

Councils must prove that top earners' six-figure salaries and "lucrative" bonuses are providing value for money for taxpayers after new figures indicated more than 2,000 town hall employees are paid more than £100,000 a year, Eric Pickles has said

A devolution deal handing "historic" powers over housing, transport, skills and business support to the Sheffield city-region has been announced by deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The Department for Education has identified 17 areas where it wants to drive up the number of schools converting to academies - although the councils concerned appear to have been left in the dark, according to Freedom of Information disclosures.

Councils in England generated a combined profit of £667m from on and off-street parking operations in 2013-14, up by 12 per cent on 2012-13, according to new research.

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