The Wales Audit Office is to examine the severance arrangements for Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones after councillors agreed a £332,000 deal in a private meeting.

Croydon Council has called on the Government to devolve more powers to the borough, including the ability to collect locally generated taxes on new developments.

The so-called Bedroom Tax is fuelling a growing North-South divide, with those in the North hit harder by welfare changes, according to a new report.

Eric Pickles has warned "municipal killjoys" and "health and safety zealots" off Bonfire Night as he launched a new guide to encourage community bonfires and the burning of Guys.

The UK needs a "citizen-led" constitutional convention to thrash out the future balance of power at national, regional and local level in the wake of the Scottish referendum debate, a group of experts and academics has argued.

MPs have called for a "full, transparent and urgent investigation" into the disappearance of files that contained severe criticism of agencies in Rotherham charged with tackling child sexual exploitation.

The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives has launched new development programme aimed at aspiring council chiefs and directors who want to "future-proof" their skills.

The Government has been urged to tackle the "scandal" of local authorities charging full council tax on bedsit accommodation.

Local government is undergoing the biggest changes since the rebuilding of public services following the Second World War as councils take "drastic action" to survive funding cuts, according to new research.

Councils have hailed the Government's decision to scrap plans to relax rules about who can drive licensed minicabs.

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