Councils will not be allowed to run academy chains, education secretary Nicky Morgan has told MPs.

Almost half of children in care have a diagnosable mental health disorder but many face "significant challenges" in getting access support, MPs have said.

A commemoration to mark the outcome of the Hillsborough inquest, which found the 96 victims of the disaster were unlawfully killed, will be held today at Liverpool's St George's Hall.

Two-thirds of local government websites do not meet plain English standards designed to ensure online content is clear, concise and well organised, according to new research.

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.

North Lanarkshire Council has launched an investigation into what it called serious, detailed allegations of corruption.

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