More than one in five English councils expect to be a member of a new combined authority led by an elected mayor by 2020, a figure that has almost doubled since the general election, according to new research.
The Government risks falling short of its pledge to deliver 275,000 affordable homes by 2020 unless it gives councils greater freedoms to boost skills and build more housing, according to the new chair of the Local Government Association.
Lancashire County Council has rejected a second planning application from oil and gas giant Cuadrilla to carry out exploratory fracking at a site between Blackpool and Preston, despite a recommendation that it be approved.
Council chiefs have called for new disruption orders that can be used to intervene when parents, police or social workers fear a child is being groomed to be included in the Government's policing and criminal justice bill.
Councils in England face a £3.3bn cut in central government funding in 2016-17 and will face a £9.5bn funding gap by the end of the decade, according to new analysis by the Local Government Association.
The Scottish Government has unveiled a "radical" Land Reform Bill that would end a rates exemption for shooting and deerstalking estates and give communities the right to buy land to further sustainable development.