The National Association of Local Councils has secured £4.7m in Government funding to help smaller parish councils and other small authorities comply with new audit and transparency rules.

Millions of pounds in public money for house building programmes is "sitting idle" in DCLG's coffers, the chair of the Communities & Local Government Select Committee has said.

Many of the 89 funds that make up the Local Government Pension Scheme could be wasting millions in taxpayers' money by paying excessive fees to fund managers, according to reports.

Three-quarters of MPs agree that central government funding for adult social care should be protected in the same way as money for the NHS, according to a new poll.

Councils reported a six per cent rise in homelessness acceptances in the last quarter of 2014 compared with a year earlier, according to the latest figures.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has accused members of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority of being "sour and churlish" after a less than enthusiastic response to their Budget Day devolution deal.

Council chiefs have called for new banning orders to stop predatory men suspected of grooming children for sex.

The one-off cost of fixing all the potholes in England and Wales has stayed at just over £12bn, despite councils carrying out a record 2.7m repairs in the past year, according to a new survey. 

Prevention work, health promotion and early intervention to tackle health inequalities and avoid the harm resulting from poor diet and physical inactivity must be "core business" for local authorities, according to MPs.

The Government has not made a convincing case for the £50bn HS2 high-speed rail project, a House of Lords committee has said.

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