The Local Government Association has hit out at Unison after the union refused to put a deal designed to settle local government's long-running pay dispute to its membership.

A Conservative government would continue to keep a tight grip on public sector pay after 2015 as part of a plan that will also see a two-year freeze on working age benefits, George Osborne has told the party's conference.

Eleven councils could face legal action "within a matter of weeks" after ministers issued formal warnings that their free newspapers are in breach of the local government Publicity Code.

The cost of tackling the UK's obesity epidemic is set to swell by 21 per cent in just one year to reach £127m, councils have warned.

Almost a quarter of foster families rarely - if ever - receive key information from local authorities about the children they care for, according to a new survey.

The former chief executive of Doncaster and Kirklees councils Rob Vincent will lead an Improvement Board to oversee Rotherham Council following the Jay Report into child sexual abuse in the borough.

Greater Manchester's 10 councils have joined forces on plans to deliver as many as 10,000 homes a year.

The public sector can expect up to five more years of austerity under any government - and cuts are likely to prove harder than those in the last five, the former head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake has warned.

Councils have demanded that repairing local roads be made a "national priority" amid tumbling public satisfaction with the state of highways and criticism from MPs over central government's "stop-go" approach to maintenance funding.

Plans to relax taxi licensing laws could put vulnerable children at risk of child sexual exploitation, council chiefs have warned in the wake of the Rotherham abuse scandal.  

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