Councils reported a six per cent rise in homelessness acceptances in the last quarter of 2014 compared with a year earlier, according to the latest figures.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has accused members of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority of being "sour and churlish" after a less than enthusiastic response to their Budget Day devolution deal.

Council chiefs have called for new banning orders to stop predatory men suspected of grooming children for sex.

The one-off cost of fixing all the potholes in England and Wales has stayed at just over £12bn, despite councils carrying out a record 2.7m repairs in the past year, according to a new survey. 

Prevention work, health promotion and early intervention to tackle health inequalities and avoid the harm resulting from poor diet and physical inactivity must be "core business" for local authorities, according to MPs.

The Government has not made a convincing case for the £50bn HS2 high-speed rail project, a House of Lords committee has said.

A plan for Salford council staff to form their own company to deliver adult social care services has been approved by the city's mayor and cabinet.  

Iain Duncan Smith is facing renewed pressure to prove benefit sanctions are not simply about punishing the poor, after a parliamentary committee called for a full and independent review into their use.

Councils across England will receive a share of £275 million for major local roads maintenance, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced new planning guidance asking councils to take better account of the needs of older residents when planning new homes in their area.

 

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