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.

Local government workers feel "locked out" of the economic recovery having borne the brunt of the Government's austerity measures, Unison has claimed.

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.  

Unison is calling the Government to publicly name and shame councils if their care providers pay staff below minimum wage.  

Local government's efforts to implement Bring Your Own Device policies have been "pitiful" and the sector needs to rethink its approach to the schemes, according to think tank Parliament Street.

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.

Harrow Council staff have backed restoring the post of chief executive in a consultation.

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