Proposals to reform local government in Wales by cutting the number of councils through mergers will cost between £160m and £268m, according to new analysis.

Newcastle is facing impossible cuts that could make key services untenable and stirrings of social unrest are already apparent, the city's leader has warned.

An independent review of the administrative costs for all local authorities in Wales has been commissioned by public services minister Leighton Andrews.

There is room for at least one million new homes on brownfield sites, according to new research from the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

A new funding competition is set to offer up to £7.5m to help councils and communities harness data to improve services in towns and cities.

The Government needs to simplify the way it distributes emergency funding to areas hit by floods, with a single cash pot administered through an online application process, council leaders have said.

Southampton City Council has rejected proposals to adopt a directly elected mayor and cut the number of councillors by a third.

David Cameron has ruled out devolution of tax-raising powers to local authorities in heated exchanges with MPs.

Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman has criticises Eric Pickles's proposal to send in a team of commissioners to oversee the running of the London borough, saying it is "excessive" and "disproportionate".

Birmingham City Council has become the first local authority to obtain injunctions against a number of men found "inappropriately" in the company of a vulnerable teenager.

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