THE NUMBER of households being accepted as homeless rose to 15,170 between April and June, with almost a third of cases down to eviction by a private landlord, according to official figures.

THOUSANDS of stray dogs in local authority kennels face being put to sleep because their microchip details have not been updated by their owners, a charity has warned.

REGIONS need to "take back control" to reverse years of underinvestment and decline across the country, John McDonnell has said.

A Labour government would suspend the Right to Buy, reverse the Government's Pay to Stay policy and "remove the shackles" from local government to allow councils to build more homes, shadow housing minister Teresa Pearce has said.

Buckinghamshire Council Council's cabinet and members have backed plans to replace the area's five county and district authorities with a single, county-wide authority.

Council taxpayers could face a £320m bill from converting all schools to academies, the LGA has warned.

Smoking bans should be introduced around children's playgrounds and public parks, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has argued.

More than 56,000 council properties have been sold under Right to Buy since it was reinvigorated by the Government in 2012, according to new figures.

Government plans to double free childcare for working parents to 30 hours a week are "doomed" without a new approach to funding, a union has warned.

A major new programme has been launched to help councils build more homes.