The Government's confirmation that public health grants will be reduced in the next two years will undermine vital services to prevent illness and efforts to ease pressure on the NHS, councils have warned.

Life expectancy at older ages in England has risen to its highest ever level, although there are still variations in between regions and local authorities - and in a quarter of local authorities, it has actually fallen.

Scotland's 32 councils have accepted a funding package for 2016-17, despite local government body Cosla warning it will be "undeliverable without an unacceptable level of cuts to services and staffing".

Council spending on outsourcing rose by almost a quarter in 2015, according to new research.

Plans to extend the Right to Buy to thousands of housing association tenants should be funded by central government, rather than through forcing councils to sell-off homes, MPs have said.

Greg Clark has confirmed a "historic" four-year financial settlement for local government.

The Government's "Pay to Stay" reforms will leave almost 60,000 households unable to afford to stay in their council homes, including around half of those affected by the policy in London and the South East, according to new research.

Bus services in rural areas are being "wiped out" by council cuts, according to new research.

Councils will have the power to set Sunday trading hours under Government proposals to be included in the Enterprise Bill.

Cuts to local authority public health grants will have a detrimental effect on health, with programmes for mental health support, smoking cessation and weight management set to be decommissioned in some areas, according to new research.

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