Police and social services in Oxfordshire repeatedly failed to tackle serial sexual abuse of children in the county, with 370 young people identified as being at risk of abuse, a serious case review has concluded.

Social workers, teachers and councillors who fail to protect children from sexual exploitation could face up to five years in prison under new proposals unveiled by the Prime Minister.

The next Government should devolve £12bn of funding a year to Local Enterprise Partnerships to ramp up skills and growth, a think tank has argued.

The Home Office's decision to rule out introducing locally set licensing fees will force town halls to continue diverting millions from vital services to subsidise the drinks industry, the LGA has warned.

Cherwell and South Northamptonshire councils have agreed to extend joint working to all services in a bid to save up to £12m over 10 years - and other authorities could be set to join the "confederation" model.

More than two-thirds of companies believe councils should be able to set business rates in consultation with local firms, according to a new poll.

Welsh councils will receive an extra £14m to support the implementation of key social care reforms, with the Welsh Local Government Association saying it will provide a major boost to preventative services.

A Government U-turn on giving areas outside London control over the £5.3bn European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF) for 2014-2020 is a "backward step" for devolution that will damage growth and jobs, council chiefs have warned.

Devolution of Greater Manchester's entire £6bn health and social care system will start from April, after George Osborne signed the memorandum of understanding.

A £3m fund to help coastal communities unlock the economic potential of buildings, lidos, piers and proms facing neglect has opened for bids.

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