England's councils detected £188m worth of fraud in 2013-14, the highest value since monitoring began 25 years ago - but the sector's progress could be at risk, according to the Audit Commission.

The Government should make place-based finance the "default method" for funding and delivering local public services, the Local Government Association has said.

Council chiefs have given their backing to a report calling for city-regions to be granted greater powers and financial flexibility, saying the opportunities offered by devolution are "too big to ignore".

A public meeting has been called to discuss the performance of Birmingham City Council by the civil servant leading a review of the authority's governance.

Devolving power over policy, spending and borrowing to city-regions could boost the UK's economy by £79bn by 2030, according to a new report. 

Somerset County Council has sacked interim director of children's services Peter Lewis, with chief executive Patrick Flaherty saying perfromance "has not matched expectations" since he was brought in 18 months ago.

The Wales Audit Office is to examine the severance arrangements for Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones after councillors agreed a £332,000 deal in a private meeting.

Croydon Council has called on the Government to devolve more powers to the borough, including the ability to collect locally generated taxes on new developments.

The so-called Bedroom Tax is fuelling a growing North-South divide, with those in the North hit harder by welfare changes, according to a new report.

Eric Pickles has warned "municipal killjoys" and "health and safety zealots" off Bonfire Night as he launched a new guide to encourage community bonfires and the burning of Guys.

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