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The London boroughs of Wandsworth and Richmond have announced plans to share a single staff structure from the chief executive down by March 2017.
The councils say the move is expected to save up to £10m a year.
Eric Pickles has ordered the Royal Borough of Greenwich to cut the publication of its weekly newspaper and comply with the Publicity Code by no later than 31 March.
A £5m scheme has been launched to improve early years education by creating partnerships between primary schools and local nurseries to drive up standards and share best practice.
Policing in Northern Ireland faces the biggest shake-up in years due to budget pressures and the reorganisation of local government, a senior officer has said.
DCLG is providing an extra £12m to help join up health and social care services to reduce delays in discharges and ensure more people stay out of hospital in the first place.
A further £1bn will be invested in regional economies in a major expansion of the Government's Growth Deals, David Cameron has announced.
Removing Government funding for local emergency welfare schemes would be an expensive mistake as every £1 spent is currently saving the public purse more than £2 by helping people avoid homelessness, council chiefs have argued.
Councils should move from being statutory providers of housing to being at the heart of delivering of homes across all tenures in their area, a major study has concluded.
Welsh council leaders have been left "astounded" after public services minister Leighton Andrews rejected proposals voluntary mergers.
Lancashire County Council has deferred making a final decision on planning applications for two of the biggest fracking exploration sites in the UK.