At least 1,500 families from abroad who cannot access benefits are being directly supported by London boroughs, with some councils spending on £5m a year helping destitute households, according to new figures.

New "common sense" parking measures that will give drivers a 10-minute grace period when parking in council-owned spaces and ban some uses of CCTV for enforcement have been rushed and could put safety at risk, the LGA has warned.

Devolution to non-metropolitan areas outside London and the big cities will be vital to England's economic growth, a new report has argued.

Glasgow and Aberdeen councils have confirmed they will quit lobbying group Cosla and become members of the new Scottish Local Government Partnership.

Scotland's 32 councils face increasingly tough decisions in the coming years as they juggle funding gaps and rising demand for services, auditors have warned.

There is "overwhelming" support among Londoners for local leaders to take greater control over tax and spending in the capital, according to a new study.

Council tax freezes across England since 2010-11 have left public services £2.8bn worse off than if the charge had increased in line with inflation, according to new research.

Ministers have moved to ban the Royal Borough of Greenwich from printing a weekly newspaper in breach of the Code of Practice on local government publicity.

Enough unused public sector land has been sold to build more than 103,000 new homes, beating the original target set by the Prime Minister, Eric Pickles has announced.

Southwark Council has become the first London borough to circumvent "deeply unjust" Government measures that exempt housing developers who replace empty buildings with private housing from paying for affordable homes.