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Local Government Association chairman Cllr Gary Porter has been given a life peerage.
Councils' use of bailiffs to collect debts has risen by 16 per cent in the past two years, despite warnings that sending them in can worsen debt problems and growing concern over a "postcode lottery" in the treatment of those in arrears.
Warrington Borough Council has issued a £150m bond deal, making it the first local authority outside London to enter the market in more than a decade.
Slough Borough Council has launched a petition against Government plans to move the Heathrow Express railway depot as part of the HS2 project.
Scotland's councils should handed complete control over council tax and business rates, including the power to set bands and even scrap the charges altogether, Reform Scotland has argued.
Over 10,500 jobs, apprenticeships and training places have been created or protected through support from the Government's Coastal Communities Fund, according to new figures.
A £3.2m fund to support victims of domestic abuse has opened for bids.
London's councils are set to gain new powers to install street lights and signs on properties in a move that will allow them to cut down on posts on the pavement.
Thefts of blue badges, which allow disabled drivers to park for free, have increased by 167 per cent in the space of just 12 months, according to new figures.
Villages and towns will be allowed to build Starter Homes on Rural Exception Sites under the Government's first Rural Productivity Plan.