The country "cannot wait any longer" for action on the crisis facing social care, a group of local government and health sector leaders have argued.

Brent Council has become the first in the country to approve a discount on business rates for companies that pay the Living Wage.

Councils' patchy and fragmented use of technology and data is seeing billions lost to fraud and keeping the cost of public services "unsustainably high", a think tank has claimed.

Councils across Great Britain paid out £3.2m in compensation to drivers whose vehicles were damaged by potholes in 2013-14, with town halls receiving the equivalent of one new claim every 11 minutes, according to new research.

Central government must "loosen the apron strings" and give local government more freedom to test models now that will transform services over the next decade, an expert has argued.

Council pension funds have joined a coalition of investors including churches and charities to push energy giants BP and Shell to improve their reporting on climate issues.

Efforts to integrate health and social care need to be stepped up to ease the pressure the NHS, the head of regulator Monitor has said.

The Welsh Government has announced proposals to end the Right to Buy and Right to Acquire in a bid to protect social housing.

Lawyer and former high sheriff of the West Midlands John Crabtree OBE is to lead an improvement panel that will oversee Birmingham City Council following criticism of its governance and performance in a Government-commissioned review.

Eric Pickles has been discriminated against Gypsies and Travellers by using ministerial powers to decide if they can stay on green belt land, the High Court has ruled.

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