Councils plan to use £1.9bn from their reserves to fund services in 2016-17, according to official figures.

A council's investigation into alleged neglect of an elderly woman in a private care home did not comply with the law and safeguarding guidance, potentially putting other vulnerable people at risk, the Local Government Ombudsman has concluded.

The Government's aim of building one million new homes by 2020 is still achievable in this parliament, although the UK's vote to leave the European Union will make it more challenging, housing minister Brandon Lewis has said.

Aberdeen City Council's chief executive has apologised to families after a damning report found that for many years, the city's crematorium engaged in the "unethical and abhorrent" practice of cremating babies and foetuses with unrelated adults.

Three-quarters of local authority children's services inspected under Ofsted's new framework are rated as less than Good for their overall effectiveness - with one in four judged as Inadequate.

The timetable for the Government's flagship £55.7bn HS2 high-speed rail project is unrealistic and the scheme risks being late and over budget, the National Audit Office has said.

A former senior housing officer at Birmingham City Council has been jailed for three years for creating fraudulent homeless applications using fabricated identities.

Local government pension funds could face "huge problems" if stock markets continue to slide following the UK's vote to leave the European Union, council chiefs have warned.

Shadow local government minister Steve Reed has resigned as part of a revolt against Jeremy Corbyn's leadership following the EU referendum result.

Cornwall Council is calling for "urgent confirmation" from the Government that EU funding allocated to the county will be protected and it will not be worse off as a result of the vote to leave.

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