Council tax will be frozen across all of Scotland's 32 local authorities for the eighth year in a row, finance secretary John Swinney has confirmed.

Sir Derek Myers has been nominated as the lead commissioner set to take over the running of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in the wake of the town's child sexual exploitation scandal.

Local government and NHS employers have been urged to ensure contractors and suppliers are not exploiting workers with zero-hour workers after new figures showed the use of the contracts has risen.

Initial planning for the £5.3bn Better Care Fund was "deeply flawed" resulting in projected savings falling well short of the £1bn assumed by ministers - and there are still serious concerns about adult social care services in several areas, MPs h

Billing authorities must pay the correct council tax support grant to town and parish councils to ensure they can carry out their duties, communities minister Kris Hopkins has warned.

Local authorities will get an extra £20m to support the move to Individual Electoral Registration (IER), minister for the constitution Sam Gyimah has announced.

 Budget pressures on adult social care are "critical" for almost one in five county councils in the UK, with another 60 per cent saying the strain is "severe", according to new research.

Greater Manchester's council and health chiefs are to take control of the region's entire £6bn health and social care budget in a surprise extension of the Devo Manc deal.

Rural areas should be exempt from the Right to Buy to stop vital social housing being lost, the Chartered Institute of Housing has argued ahead of next month's Budget.

Brentwood Borough Council has defended its decision to allow its acting chief executive Jo-Anne Ireland to work remotely from Cyprus while it waits for a new shared CEO to start work.

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