A Government U-turn on giving areas outside London control over the £5.3bn European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF) for 2014-2020 is a "backward step" for devolution that will damage growth and jobs, council chiefs have warned.

Devolution of Greater Manchester's entire £6bn health and social care system will start from April, after George Osborne signed the memorandum of understanding.

A £3m fund to help coastal communities unlock the economic potential of buildings, lidos, piers and proms facing neglect has opened for bids.

A £22.5m pot has opened for bids from communities that want to set up neighbourhood plans for their areas.

Councils need more than 4,500 social workers to fill vacancies in England, according to official figures suggesting a high proportion of staff are quitting after less than five years.

Council tax will be frozen across all of Scotland's 32 local authorities for the eighth year in a row, finance secretary John Swinney has confirmed.

Sir Derek Myers has been nominated as the lead commissioner set to take over the running of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in the wake of the town's child sexual exploitation scandal.

Local government and NHS employers have been urged to ensure contractors and suppliers are not exploiting workers with zero-hour workers after new figures showed the use of the contracts has risen.

Initial planning for the £5.3bn Better Care Fund was "deeply flawed" resulting in projected savings falling well short of the £1bn assumed by ministers - and there are still serious concerns about adult social care services in several areas, MPs h

Billing authorities must pay the correct council tax support grant to town and parish councils to ensure they can carry out their duties, communities minister Kris Hopkins has warned.

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