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.
Plans to force schools to become academies and a new national funding formula for schools will hinder councils' ability to support high-needs pupils and rural schools, the County Councils Network has warned.
The chief executive of Caerphilly Council has reportedly launched a formal complaint against Wales' assistant auditor general Anthony Barrett after he and other council officers were suspended as part of an investigation into "unlawful" pay rises.