The Government must end a "national scandal" of employers failing to honour the minimum wage for homecare workers, Unison has said.

Councils have demanded urgent guarantees from the Government that "every penny" of £5.3bn in EU regeneration funding will be protected up to the end of the decade after town hall chiefs warned of a "growing risk" that many areas will miss out.

The number of complaints upheld against local government has risen to over half of all cases, according to the latest statistics.

Councils are calling for greater powers to resume their role as major housebuilders after new research showed at least around 4m people will need access to some form of affordable housing by 2024.

Building a Northern Powerhouse remains a "key Government priority", ministers have said.

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.