Taxpayer-funded pensions for new councillors in England will be abolished from 1 April and access for existing members be terminated at the end of their current term under new regulations laid before parliament.
The Government's decision to transfer responsibility for council tax support to 326 local authorities has weakened work incentives for around 225,000 people, who are worse off than they were under the old regime, while many vulnerable groups have
Councils are facing a £135m shortfall in funding needed to implement reforms in the care bill, meaning they could be forced to use money earmarked for joint working between health and social care to make the changes, it has been claimed.
Local government in England should be given greater powers and increased tax-raising powers as their ability to discharge their responsibilities "sometimes appears highly restricted by central government", according to the Council of Europe.
Councils rejected more than half of all applications for homelessness support between October and December, prompting a charity to call for more to be done to prevent people losing their homes in the first place.