The Government plans to freeze all parking penalty charges and give communities and businesses the right to challenge council parking strategies as part of a package of measures to revive UK high streets.
The Government was too slow in establishing initiatives such as Local Enterprise Partnerships, Enterprise Zones and the Regional Growth Fund after it scrapped Regional Development Agencies, resulting in a sharp fall in spending on local economic g
Experts from across local government have been giving their reactions to the Autumn Statement, which included a £300m increase over two years in the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap and a two per cent cap on business rates rises from April.
Nearly eight out of ten councils in England fear they could face one or more financial "tipping points" in 2015-16 or 2016-17, ranging from the breakdown of decision making to industrial strife, bankruptcy or even civil disorder, according to new
The scale of food poverty in the UK has "all the signs of a public health emergency" and the effects of austerity and welfare reforms on malnutrition levels need to be monitored as a matter of urgency, a group of health experts has warned.
George Osborne has been urged to show the Government is serious about localism in the Autumn Statement by scrapping the council tax freeze grant and setting up an independent commission to advise Westminster on local government funding.
The Birmingham Mail has found itself on the city council's naughty list after a "misleading" headline claimed Santa's grotto has been axed at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) because of local authority cuts.