Councils have been urged to review expenditure on children in care and examine collective purchasing after the Audit Commission highlighted "considerable variations" in spending on looked after youngsters.
Almost half of the public support more local government control of services in their area, including hospitals and policing, but they are also increasingly likely to blame those with devolved responsibilities rather than Westminster if things go
Local government minister Kris Hopkins has warned seven councils to ensure they are complying with the Publicity Code amid concerns that they are publishing newspapers too frequently, damaging the local press.
Six out of 10 of local authorities in England do not have data collection systems in place to monitor the early warning signs of child neglect in their area, despite it being the most common form of child abuse and a factor in 60 per cent of serio
Salford City Council has launched an investigation after an internal audit found mayor Ian Stewart's decision to approve subsidies of up to £164,000 for a struggling rugby league club was not properly recorded or scrutinised.
Local authorities should reward "green guardians" who volunteer to clean up and maintain local parks, allotments and cemeteries with full or partial council tax rebates worth up to £1,500, a think tank has argued.