Bus services in rural areas are being "wiped out" by council cuts, according to new research.

Councils will have the power to set Sunday trading hours under Government proposals to be included in the Enterprise Bill.

Cuts to local authority public health grants will have a detrimental effect on health, with programmes for mental health support, smoking cessation and weight management set to be decommissioned in some areas, according to new research.

Nearly three-quarters of councils are still commissioning homecare visits lasting just 15 minutes, despite national guidelines recommending at least twice as long and "universal condemnation" of the practice, a union has claimed.

Councils have been left unable to plan "vital" services because they have still not been formally told their individual public health funding settlements for the next two years, the Local Government Association has claimed.

A radical shake-up in the way core Government funding is allocated risks pushing many councils to breaking point, the Local Government Association has warned.

At least 80,000 social rented homes could be lost by the end of the decade as cuts to councils' rental income will make it "all but impossible" for local authorities to replace properties lost under Right to Buy, the Local Government Association h

The majority of England's councils back a change in the law to tackle rising homelessness, according to a report from Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

Budget talks between Scotland's central and local government have "hit a new low" with local authorities accusing finance secretary John Swinney of setting an impossible deadline to decide on "totally unacceptable" package of measures.

Fundamental changes are needed in the way care for older people is designed and delivered to ensure services are tailored to individuals rather than institutions, a new report has argued.

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