LINCOLNSHIRE County Council has dropped plans for a referendum on moving to a unitary system of local government after opposition from district councils.

BIRMINGHAM City Council's outgoing chief executive Mark Rogers will take early retirement, effective from 28 February, it has been announced.

BIRMINGHAM City Council has "robust and credible" plans to ensure its financial sustainability in very challenging circumstances but there are concerns that it may not have the "bold" and "tenacious" leadership it needs, a Government-appointed panel has said.

COUNCILS have a "vital" role to play in getting the most polluting diesel vehicles off the roads of Britain's cities, according to a new report.

£191m in Local Growth Funding has been awarded to the South West to boost job creation, and growth.

HS2 has received the green light to start building work after legislation paving the way for the high-speed rail line gained Royal Assent.

HOUSING starts hit the highest level since 2007 in the three months to December, although completions dipped, according to officials figures.

BIRMINGHAM councillors have been warned not to publicly discuss the departure of chief executive Mark Rogers amid claims he was removed to appease the Government-appointed panel overseeing the authority, according to reports.

ALMOST £3.7m in Government funding is to be shared among councils to help improve air quality.

CHILDREN'S social care settings will be subject to a new common inspection framework from 1 April, Ofsted has announced.

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