More than 1,700 public toilets have closed in the past decade, with some areas now having no council-run facilities at all, according to new figures.

Mental health services are failing children, with more than a quarter of referrals for treatment turned away, according to the Children's Commissioner for England.

Housing completions reached 139,690 in the year to March - the highest figure since 2008-09.

Official figures show completions are up 12 per cent year-on-year.

HIV support services are could "disappear" in three areas of the country worst hit by the virus, a charity has warned.

Councils have welcomed the new blanket ban on psychoactive legal highs, which has come into force today.

Nearly nine out of 10 council chief executives believe some local authorities will face serious financial trouble within the next three years, with over half predicting that a crisis could hit within 12 months, according to a new survey.

Social workers are being swamped because of a "toxic" mix of suspicion and fear of blame that has resulted in one in five children in England referred to children's services before the age of five, according to new research.

Councils need greater clarity over devolution, as it is unclear whether the Government has a clear set of objectives that guide the development of regional deals, peers have said.

An inquiry into the Government's interventions in Tower Hamlets and Rotherham councils has been launched by MPs.

A voluntary trust is set to run children's services at Birmingham City Council, which Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw branded a "national disgrace".

Birmingham's children's services have been rated as Inadequate since 2009.

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