Businesses should be forced to display "scores on the doors" hygiene ratings to drive up standards and protect the public from rogue operators and unhygienic premises, councils have argued.

The number of empty homes has fallen to its lowest level on record after dropping by more than a third between 2004 and 2015.

Official figures show there were 203,596 vacant properties last year, down from 318,642 in 2004.

The Government has not made a "diligent and credible case" for its plan to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations, with ministers failing to provide even basic information on how it will be paid for in practice and paying little attention

Councils will not be allowed to run academy chains, education secretary Nicky Morgan has told MPs.

Almost half of children in care have a diagnosable mental health disorder but many face "significant challenges" in getting access support, MPs have said.

A commemoration to mark the outcome of the Hillsborough inquest, which found the 96 victims of the disaster were unlawfully killed, will be held today at Liverpool's St George's Hall.

Two-thirds of local government websites do not meet plain English standards designed to ensure online content is clear, concise and well organised, according to new research.

The outlook for council finances remains grim and the shift to generating income from localised revenue streams such as business rates is opening up a "new dimension of inequality" that severs the link between resources and need, according to new

The Government should act to slash the maximum stake that can be placed on fixed-odds betting machines to lower the risk of harm to those who can currently bet as much as £300 per minute, councils chiefs have said.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan could make it easier for councils to set up their own academy chains in a bid to head-off a backbench rebellion over the Government's flagship policy to make all schools academies by 2022.

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