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.
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.
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.