Redundancy costs have nearly doubled in a year for Welsh councils because they "continue to bear the brunt" austerity, the Welsh Local Government Association has argued.

Rochdale Borough Council has welcomed a Greater Manchester Police inquiry into whether reports of abuse at the Knowl View school were covered up.

The number mutuals spun out from the public sector in England and Wales has reached 100, with the employee-led bodies now delivering £1.5bn worth of services, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has announced.

The Government will appoint an education commissioner for Birmingham City Council following Peter Clarke's demining report into the Trojan Horse scandal, education secretary Nicky Morgan has announced.  

Local government and school support staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will hold a second 24-hour strike on 30 September, Unison has confirmed.

The Government has announced the first allocations under the £23bn Affordable Homes Programme, which aims to deliver 165,000 new properties by March 2018.  

Government intervention in Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council is to be ended early after significant improvements in the authority's political and managerial performance, local government secretary Eric Pickles has announced.

Households involved in the Troubled Families programme face an average of nine serious issues, according to independent research.

Local oversight of schools is crucial if pupils are to make academic and social progress, an Oxford University professor has argued.

Community and faith leaders who promote female genital mutilation (FGM) must face prosecution, the Local Government Association has said.

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