Low awareness of the ever-growing threat of cybercrime could be leaving councils vulnerable, as a new survey has found almost half of low government staff do not know if their current IT practices offer suitable protection.

Councils in London thwarted attempted frauds worth £73m last year, amid a "surge" in scams involving Right to Buy, according to a new report.

Annual planning permissions for new homes have passed the 200,000 mark for the first time since before the financial crisis in 2008, according to new figures.  

State-funded home care will be at risk of "catastrophic failure" without urgent action by the Government and councils to fully fund the additional costs of providing the new National Living Wage, care providers have warned.

Devolution to counties will be "unique and different" to other areas and ministers must not impose unnecessary bureaucracy on areas if they want to achieve a long-lasting settlement, the

The Government's plans to cut social housing rents by one per cent a year for the next four years could force district councils to scrap plans for over 40,000 new homes, it has been claimed.

Furniture and mattress manufacturers should contribute to the £45m a year cost of cleaning up fly-tipping and do more to help prevent it in the first place, councils have argued.

MPs are to hold an inquiry into the Government's cities and local government devolution bill.

A council has secured an anti-harassment injunction against a man who waged a five-year campaign of "personal abuse and threats" against councillors, officers and employees.

Shale gas firm Cuadrilla plans to appeal against Lancashire County Council's decision to reject its applications for two fracking exploration sites.

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