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.

A Supreme Court challenge to the way councils decide which homeless people are judged vulnerable enough for rehousing could address a "longstanding injustice" that sees many in desperate need being turned away, charities have said.

Local authorities have been too slow in facing up to their responsibility to prevent child sexual exploitation and the risk is still not well understood in many areas, Ofsted has warned.

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