Five councils have been given a fortnight to explain why steps should not be taken to stop their “propaganda on the rates”, local government secretary Eric Pickles has said.

English Cities Fund (ECF) has submitted the planning approval the final phase of a regeneration scheme it is developing in Canning Town in east London in partnership with Newham Council.

Nine in 10 people believe councils should be given powers to create and maintain new schools, a survey by the Local Government Association (LGA) has shown.

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Greater Manchester fell between March and April, but the conurbation’s thinktank New Economy warned this shouldn’t be taken at face value as a sign of improving economic health.

Figures published today under Freedom of Information law claim that hundreds of councils have turned to CCTV cameras to raise hundreds of millions of pounds in revenue.

Some 123 community projects have won a share of the £4.3m funding the government promised for its community building Our Place programme following successful pilot projects last year.

It was a failure to heed complaints and address concerns that led to “unspeakable disaster” at Mid-Staffs hospital – and no part of Whitehall is immune from succumbing to this pathology, a committee of MPs has warned.

South Cambridgeshire District Council and Huntingdonshire District Council have agreed a strategic partnership to support the development of new shared services.

Sheffield Housing Company has appointed architects to design over 500 homes for the second phase of its development.

The contract has been signed for Matrix Homes, a joint venture company which will establish a pioneering housing investment model for Manchester in a first-of-its-kind partnership.

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