Southampton City Council has rejected proposals to adopt a directly elected mayor and cut the number of councillors by a third.

David Cameron has ruled out devolution of tax-raising powers to local authorities in heated exchanges with MPs.

Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman has criticises Eric Pickles's proposal to send in a team of commissioners to oversee the running of the London borough, saying it is "excessive" and "disproportionate".

Birmingham City Council has become the first local authority to obtain injunctions against a number of men found "inappropriately" in the company of a vulnerable teenager.

A Supreme Court challenge to the way councils decide which homeless people are judged vulnerable enough for rehousing could address a "longstanding injustice" that sees many in desperate need being turned away, charities have said.

Local authorities have been too slow in facing up to their responsibility to prevent child sexual exploitation and the risk is still not well understood in many areas, Ofsted has warned.

DCLG has little understanding of the impact of Government cuts on councils and risks only being aware of serious problems once they have occurred, the National Audit Office has said.

The leaders of Lancashire County Council and 12 district authorities have held talks about creating a combined authority to merge back office functions and take on devolved powers, according to reports.

The Rotherham child abuse scandal exposed systematic failures in council scrutiny, governance and leadership, as well as serious flaws in Ofsted, MPs have warned.

Councils need to prepare for changes to procurement legislation or risk millions of pounds in late payment penalties, a senior member of the Communities & Local Government Committee has warned.

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