Local government is increasingly characterised by a polarisation "akin to tribal affiliation" between executive and non-executive members, with backbench councillors feeling marginalised  by modernisation, according to a new study.

Local government minister Kris Hopkins has announced that councils' overall spending power will be cut by 1.8 per cent in 2015-16 as the Government has "yet again delivered a settlement that is fair to every part of the country".

The Government is to be asked to reconsider its refusal of an application for town and parish councils to retain a slice of business rates in the first decision of its kind.  

Spending power for English councils is set to fall by more than three times the "seriously distorting" figure presented by the Government in the provisional Local Government Financial Settlement, according to analysis by CIPFA.

Councils will have to make savings of £2.6bn in 2015-16, with LGA chair Cllr David Sparks warning the cuts will be "the most difficult yet".

A new initiative has been launched to help 32 London boroughs and the City of London tackle fraud and save nearly £4m.  

A "landmark" plan to combine the adult social care services of three councils has been agreed by Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole.

Councils have received nearly £3.4bn under the Government's New Homes Bonus for delivering over 800,000 new homes, local government minister Brandon Lewis has announced.

Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire have unveiled plans for the UK's first tri-county combined authority to allow joint working on transport, infrastructure, skills and economic growth.

Eric Pickles has sent in a team of commissioners to take control of Tower Hamlets Council, saying he could not ignore "overwhelming evidence" of governance failures.