Three councils have been included alongside the Anglican and Catholic churches, as well as former and current MPs in the first phase of investigations by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

The Government unlawfully discriminated against disabled people by failing to exempt some unpaid full-time carers from the benefit cap, the High Court has ruled.

Local government bodies and experts have been reacting to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review, which included a new two per c

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered the Autumn Statement and Spending Review to the House of Commons, allocating £4trn of resources over the next five years. LGE takes a look at the key points for local government.

Plans to cut the number of councils in Wales from 22 to eight or nine would save up to £650m over 10 years, according to figures from the Welsh Government.

Only one in eight children who are sexually abused are identified by professionals, the children's commissioner has warned.

Welsh council leaders have published a "radical" manifesto calling on the next Welsh Government to ramp up localism and massively reduce bureaucracy and regulation.

Services vital to the most vulnerable older and disabled people are at risk of "serious collapse" unless the Government acts immediately to address funding shortfalls, a group of charities and council chiefs have warned.

Councils have paid out a record £3bn in business rates relief over the past year, according to new figures.

The statistics from DCLG the value of rates relief and discounts has risen by £221m in the last 12 months.

Local authorities in England increased their reserves to £22.5bn in 2014-15, prompting a call from local government secretary Greg Clark for councils to use the cash to protect frontline services.