Reforms led from the top of government are needed to cut the number children in care who end up in custody, a new report has argued.

The Government should establish special deregulated zones where developers and investors can be liberated from planning rules, a free market think tank has argued.

District councils in and around Oxfordshire have ruled out forming cross-boundary unitary authorities as part of devolution plans for ther region.

The "opaque" nature of financial reporting for authorities and the lack of any oversight by local authorities can facilitate the misuse of public money in academy schools, an accountancy body has warned.

Sport England is to triple the amount of money it invests in tackling inactivity, bringing investment to £250m over the next four years.

Tenants face an increasingly widening gap between Local Housing Allowance and private rents, according to new research.

Glasgow City Council is facing equal pay claims for 1,200 carers, janitors and cleaning staff working for its contractor Cordia.

Reaction from local government and beyond to the Government's legislative programme for 2016-17 announced in the Queen's Speech.

Bills covering business rates, education, planning reforms and a new sugar tax were announced in the Queen's Speech.

In all, 21 new pieces of legislation were included in the programme for 2016-17.

Durham County Council has voted to dismiss and re-hire 2,700 teachings assistants on new terms and conditions that will see their pay cut by up to 23 per cent.

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