Low homecare fees paid by local authorities could force some providers to withdraw from the market - or go out of business altogether, according to a new survey.

New York offers a model for councils looking to embrace big data to drive local solutions, Socitm has argued.

Councils have been warned that while they can contract out services they "cannot contract out accountability" and remain responsible for the quality of provision, as well as addressing any complaints, the Local Government Ombudsman has said.

Councils are ramping up their risk-taking to implement huge changes, often very quickly, as they race to rethink and reform services as swingeing cuts loom, according to a new report.

The Government has official sealed an "historic" deal to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants.

Staff cuts of almost a third across the North West's planning authorities are undermining the region's economic recovery and will hinder its ability to capitalise on the Government's push for a "Northern Powerhouse", a new report warned.

Failing centralised public services should be shown a "red card" and their work should be brought under the control of communities and councils, according to a think tank.

David Cameron will promise to launch a housing "crusade" to build 200,000 new affordable homes by 2020.

The Government' s plan to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants would effectively strip local authorities of their assets and "greatly reduce" their ability to maintain local social housing provision, according to new report.

Islington Council has made an urgent appeal for more foster carers to help unaccompanied asylum-seeker children.