Public service failures look unavoidable and Government must do more to improve on its "superficial" responses that too often do not address the underlying problems, a new report has argued.

Local authorities are potentially missing out on £23m in council tax because around 80,000 households are incorrectly claiming the Single Person Discount, according to new research.

Scotland's local authorities have paid out nearly £100m to more than 200,000 households to help them with everyday essentials and living expenses through the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Local authorities and bus operators have been awarded £30m in Government funding to buy greener low emission buses and install vital infrastructure such as chargepoints.

Council chiefs have called for extra powers to prevent communities being "saturated" with bookmakers after new research showed for the first time that problem gambling is worse in areas with clusters of betting shops.

A petition calling for a parliamentary debate on proposed changes that would see 89 Local Government Pension Scheme funds pooled into multi-million infrastructure investment funds has topped 100,000 signatures.

Scotland's councils have been urged to react "proactively" to the problem of empty homes after a new survey revealed three-quarters of the public believe they directly cause anti-social behaviour.

Theresa May has been urged not to abandon the "Northern Powerhouse" project launched by former Chancellor George Osborne, with Labour MP Andy Burnham warning that stepping back would be "entirely the wrong response" to Britain's vote to leave the EU.

Local government has paid tribute to Harold Bodmer, Norfolk County Council's executive director of adult social services and president of ADASS, who has died suddenly.

The Government will delay the introduction of its "fairer" national funding formula for schools until 2018-19.

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