Government cuts could lead to a "plague" of pests after new figures showed the number of local authorities offering free control services has fallen by more than a quarter in the past four years.

The commission sent in to oversee the running of scandal-hit Rotherham MBC has agreed the process for making key decisions on services.

Going online is now by far the most common method of accessing council services - but local authorities are facing a "crisis of confidence" as one in three people do not trust them to keep their data safe, according to a new survey.

Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman's conviction for corruption and bribery by the Election Court "vindicates" DCLG's decision intervene in the London borough, Eric Pickles has said.

Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman has been being found guilty of corruption, bribery, using taxpayer-funded grants to induce votes and making false statements.

More than two-fifths of English firms believe devolving power from Westminster to local areas would have a positive effect on their business - although they remain sceptical about giving councils tax-setting powers.

The majority of people in England would back more Government borrowing to boost the supply of affordable homes - although support drops sharply when the full extent of the housing crisis is revealed, according to new research.

Derby City Council has dismissed its strategic director for resources Roger Kershaw and reportedly moved to fold his responsibilities into a "newly defined" chief executive role.

Public sector pay cuts would end and salaries would increase by at least the rate of inflation under the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg has announced.

Affordable housing delivery in London is at an "all-time low" with net additional housing falling 50 per cent short of the benchmark set in the London Plan, according to new analysis.