Councils will have to make savings of £2.6bn in 2015-16, with LGA chair Cllr David Sparks warning the cuts will be "the most difficult yet".

A new initiative has been launched to help 32 London boroughs and the City of London tackle fraud and save nearly £4m.  

A "landmark" plan to combine the adult social care services of three councils has been agreed by Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole.

Councils have received nearly £3.4bn under the Government's New Homes Bonus for delivering over 800,000 new homes, local government minister Brandon Lewis has announced.

Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire have unveiled plans for the UK's first tri-county combined authority to allow joint working on transport, infrastructure, skills and economic growth.

Eric Pickles has sent in a team of commissioners to take control of Tower Hamlets Council, saying he could not ignore "overwhelming evidence" of governance failures.

Confidence in councils' ability to continue to deliver public services has deteriorated among chief financial officers, with nearly half saying they are more pessimistic about the coming financial year.

The Government's flagship National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is not doing enough to protect communities from unsustainable and unwanted development, MPs have warned.

The UK's first municipal bonds agency, which is expected to cut councils' borrowing costs by around £1bn, has been cleared to enter the launch phase.

More than one in 10 council staff receive working tax credit (WTC) to top up their salaries, with unions warning that pay freezes and below-inflation rises are leaving the local government workforce "increasingly impoverished".

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