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.

A council has secured an "unprecedented" town-wide injunction from the High Court banning unauthorised Traveller encampments.

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.

Councils' underfunding of homecare are pushing services to "critical" condition and will ultimately make complex services for the most vulnerable unsustainable, a professional body has warned.

Two-thirds of care jobs in the UK - almost a million posts - paid less than the Living Wage last year despite a "compelling case" for making it the norm across the sector, according to a new report.

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.

Social workers, teachers and councillors who fail to protect children from sexual exploitation could face up to five years in prison under new proposals unveiled by the Prime Minister.

The next Government should devolve £12bn of funding a year to Local Enterprise Partnerships to ramp up skills and growth, a think tank has argued.

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.

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