More than 70,000 social housing tenants could face rent hikes averaging £1,000 a year under the Government's Pay to Stay plans - and its benefits will be far lower than forecast, councils have warned.

Housebuilding slowed in the three months to June, according to official figures, prompting local authorities to call for "bold new action" to tackle the housing crisis.

Councils should be given the power and resources to scrutinise the finances of academies and free schools following a series of recent abuses of funds, the Local Government Association has said.

A lack of effective partnership working between two London authorities left a woman at risk of domestic violence "in limbo", unable to stay in her home and waiting months on a decision to house her elsewhere, the Local Government Ombudsman has found.

A potential merger between two Somerset councils designed to save around £3m a year has moved closer after the leader of one of the authorities backed the change.

Sadiq Khan has unveiled plans for a new Home for Londoners board that will bring together local government, housing associations and developers to boost housebuilding and the delivery of affordable housing in the capital.

The amount of household waste that is rejected for recycling has jumped by 84 per cent since 2011, according to Freedom of Information requests.

Housing associations in the West Midlands have formed a new partnership to provide "a single voice" for engaging with the region's combined authority following devolution.

Thefts of Blue Badges used by disabled drivers for free parking have trebled in the past three years, according to new figures.

A Suffolk council has agreed to buy a solar farm for nearly £14.5m in a bid to generate income that will plug funding gaps facing frontline services.

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