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.
Charities have accused Eric Pickles of a "squalid" attempt to silence critical campaigns in the run-up to the general election after he vowed to crack down on so-called "sock puppet" organisations using public money to lobby the Government.
New planning rules to support the delivery of thousands of starter homes for sale at 20 per cent below open market prices do not take account of "wider community needs" and the strain they could potentially place on schools, transport and flood de
Police and social services in Oxfordshire repeatedly failed to tackle serial sexual abuse of children in the county, with 370 young people identified as being at risk of abuse, a serious case review has concluded.
The Home Office's decision to rule out introducing locally set licensing fees will force town halls to continue diverting millions from vital services to subsidise the drinks industry, the LGA has warned.