Devolving Sunday trading powers to local areas would cost small shops millions of pounds and result in the loss of thousands of jobs on the high street, traders have warned.

England's planning system is being push to the brink by a lack of resources, with some major cities now taking well over six months to determine major applications, according to a new report.

Local authority pension funds have lost up to £683m through failed investments in the coal sector over the last 18 months, according to new analysis.

Councils have turned away at least 30,000 homeless young people in the past year as they struggle to cope with the demand for emergency housing, a charity has claimed.

Councils will have to produce a Local Plan for new homes by 2017 or the Government will intervene to have it written for them, the Prime Minister has said.

"Higher earners" living in social housing will have to pay rent at market or near-market levels under proposals published by the Government for consultation.

Low homecare fees paid by local authorities could force some providers to withdraw from the market - or go out of business altogether, according to a new survey.

New York offers a model for councils looking to embrace big data to drive local solutions, Socitm has argued.

Councils have been warned that while they can contract out services they "cannot contract out accountability" and remain responsible for the quality of provision, as well as addressing any complaints, the Local Government Ombudsman has said.

Councils are ramping up their risk-taking to implement huge changes, often very quickly, as they race to rethink and reform services as swingeing cuts loom, according to a new report.