Councils are making "encouraging" improvements to care assessments for vulnerable children and young people, Ofsted has found.

Two councils have won a "comprehensive" legal victory against the Government over its plans to exempt small developments from Section 106 agreements that oblige builders to provide affordable housing and contribute to infrastructure.

Kent County Council's social services are under "enormous strain" from the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children entering the Port of Dover, with the authority facing a £5.5m shortfall in the cost of providing care, the Home Office has b

Birmingham City Council has started the process of expanding its senior management team as part of its efforts to increase "strategic capacity" to deliver improvements.

Councils must ensure there is "rigorous" investigation of complaints about contractors and cannot accept the findings of inquiries carried out by firms acting on their behalf at face value, the Local Government Ombudsman has said.

Dimming or switching off street lighting does lead to increases in crime or car crashes, according to new research.

Councils are paying up to three times too much for IT products and mark-ups have crept higher across the sector, according to new analysis.

Low awareness of the ever-growing threat of cybercrime could be leaving councils vulnerable, as a new survey has found almost half of low government staff do not know if their current IT practices offer suitable protection.

Councils in London thwarted attempted frauds worth £73m last year, amid a "surge" in scams involving Right to Buy, according to a new report.

Annual planning permissions for new homes have passed the 200,000 mark for the first time since before the financial crisis in 2008, according to new figures.  

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