Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council could face a Government-commissioned inspection following Professor Alexis Jay's highly critical report into child sexual abuse in the borough.

Cornwall Council has published proposals to save £196m over the next four years, with leader John Pollard saying that delivering a leaner organisation will require the "courage to make some extremely difficult decisions".

Cardiff Council has not addressed poor performance in a number of key areas because of "fragmented" leadership and management, the Wales Audit Office has warned.

A Local Government Digital Service supporting "much empowered" in-house digital teams in individual councils is the best route to cutting waste and delivering a better online experience, Socitm has argued.

The public have given a "vote of no confidence" in the care system, with an alliance of charities warning that chronic underfunding has led to a dramatic rationing of access to services.

Norfolk County Council's projected funding gap for next year has jumped from £3.8m to £17.5m since February, prompting the authority to warn that it may not be able to deliver planned savings.

Rotherham Council's chief executive Martin Kimber and strategic director for children and young people's services Joyce Thacker are to be grilled by MPs following Professor Alexis Jay's damning report into child sexual exploitation in the borough.

Health and social care services in England face being overwhelmed by a rapid increase in the number of people with osteoarthritis, prompting calls for urgent action from national and local government.

Residents and businesses could receive new powers to challenge councils over parking charges and yellow lines, local government secretary Eric Pickles has announced.

Local authorities auctioning individual care packages in "eBay-style" timed auctions has been described as a "scandal" by Labour peer and rights campaigner Baroness Bakewell.

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