The chief executive of Carmarthenshire County Council, who the Wales Audit Office ruled earlier this year had received unlawful payments from the authority to avoid tax, has applied for voluntary severance.

The number of children adopted in England has risen by 26 per cent in the past 12 months to a record high of 5,050, but councils have called on the Government to deliver promised cuts to bureaucracy in order to speed up the process for more childr

The Local Government Association has hit out at Unison after the union refused to put a deal designed to settle local government's long-running pay dispute to its membership.

A Conservative government would continue to keep a tight grip on public sector pay after 2015 as part of a plan that will also see a two-year freeze on working age benefits, George Osborne has told the party's conference.

Eleven councils could face legal action "within a matter of weeks" after ministers issued formal warnings that their free newspapers are in breach of the local government Publicity Code.

The cost of tackling the UK's obesity epidemic is set to swell by 21 per cent in just one year to reach £127m, councils have warned.

Almost a quarter of foster families rarely - if ever - receive key information from local authorities about the children they care for, according to a new survey.

The former chief executive of Doncaster and Kirklees councils Rob Vincent will lead an Improvement Board to oversee Rotherham Council following the Jay Report into child sexual abuse in the borough.

Greater Manchester's 10 councils have joined forces on plans to deliver as many as 10,000 homes a year.

The public sector can expect up to five more years of austerity under any government - and cuts are likely to prove harder than those in the last five, the former head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake has warned.

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