A suspected £1.1m organised benefits scam has been broken up by the London Borough of Redbridge and the Metropolitan Police's Financial Investigation Unit.

The Government must take bold and urgent action to boost the construction of all types of housing, particularly "much-needed" affordable homes, after the latest official figures showed councils delivered just 1,230 properties in 12 months.

Eric Pickles is to be knighted for services as an MP and to local government, Downing Street has confirmed.

A council's proposals to "reprofile" it public health grant by cutting up to 50 per cent of funding for areas such as school nursing and sexual health could trigger a "tidal wave" of local authorities shifting money from these services to plug fun

More than half of UK councils suffered breaches of official data in the last two years, according to a new survey.

The Government's plans to devolve powers to metropolitan regions do not go far enough and it should instead introduce a "radical" English devolution bill giving councils greater flexibility over governance, as well as the freedom to set and retain

A third of the UK's population fell below the poverty line in at least one year between 2010 and 2013, according to official figures.

Dealing with the £47bn Local Government Pension Scheme deficit should be the top priority for new communities secretary Greg Clark, the head of the National Association of Pension Funds has argued.

Local government outsourcing jumped to its highest level in more than a year during the first quarter of 2015, with contract values accounting for almost a quarter of all outsourcing spending.

The independent Improvement Panel sent in to oversee Birmingham City Council is set to hold its first public meeting on 11 June.

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