Union members at Pembrokeshire County Council are to be balloted on a vote of no confidence in chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones after police launched a new investigation into payments made to senior officers in lieu of pension contributions.

Residents of Penrith in Cumbria have voted by a margin of two to one in favour of establishing a town council.

A £3m fund has been launched to help councils speed up the delivery of as many as 25,000 homes being held up by planning issues.

London's councils have urged the Government not to pass on European Union fines for missing air quality targets, arguing the capital instead needs more funding and greater legal powers to tackle the problem.

A group of local authorities have called for large supermarkets to face a new levy to support independent shops - although some councils have refused to back the plan.

Volunteers who improve life in their community by helping out at libraries, running youth clubs and supporting the elderly should be given a discount on their council tax, the Local Government Association has said.

Coventry City Council is set to approve a new voluntary redundancy and early retirement scheme as it looks to cut another 1,000 jobs.

Nineteen local authorities will take part in a Government pilot to open up the Adoption Register to approved adopters in order to increase matches and speed up placements.

Ministers have opened the bidding process for companies looking to explore for onshore oil and shale gas, prompting environmentalists to warn that communities could face a "fracking postcode lottery".

Local authorities are "keeping a lid on parking charges" while setting rates to ensure there are spaces available at all times of the day, council chiefs have said following calls for greater transparency over parking income.

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